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Forum topic by Rob posted 03-13-2014 05:56 AM 1567 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rob

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03-13-2014 05:56 AM

Topic tags/keywords: router bits price

I’ve been eyeing the Incra Hingecrafter for a while and ordered it today when the price dropped to $60 on Amazon. Now I need some bullnose bits.

I was looking at the Whiteside 600 set and thought it was more expensive than what I needed at first. But after looking at the prices for the 4 sizes of bullnose/half round bits, I’m not finding anything cheaper—in fact, just the 4 sizes of bullnose bits from any reputable manufacturer will cost about $150 individually, so it’s almost like I’m getting the 4 straight bits for free. I thought about just buying the different sizes of bullnose bits as I need them, but I’m planning on using 2 or 3 different sizes right off the bat, so I don’t mind buying the fourth size up front. On Amazon I found a really cheap set of 5 bullnose bits from Yonico, but despite the glowing reviews on Amazon, people on woodworking forums say Yonico bits dull quickly.

The best deal I’ve found so far is $154.22 shipped from Hartvilletool.com (after coupon). Most places are selling the same set anywhere from $181 to $226. Has anyone seen a better price for the same or similar bits of good quality?

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#1 posted 03-13-2014 10:09 PM

I’ll take that as a no. I ended up pulling the trigger at $154.22; it seemed like a decent enough deal to me. I’m starting to get quite a variety of brands in my router bit collection.

If you find a better deal now, DON’T post it! :P

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#2 posted 03-13-2014 11:48 PM

Did you look at MLCS, they usually beat everybody and the Katana bits are very good. Free shipping too.

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#3 posted 03-14-2014 12:13 AM

MLCS bits can’t touch whitesides…
I’ve never used the katana bits, but they’re generally around the same price as other premiums.
You really can’t go wrong with whitesides.
90% of my bits are whitesides, with the rest being freud, cmt and some ryobis left over from a set I bought years ago.

Rob, I bought that same hingecrafter set a while back. I was fortunate enough to catch an overstock sale from a vendor. It’s a great set.

I got some brass rod from hobbylinc for the hinge pins.

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#4 posted 03-14-2014 01:14 AM

Thanks guys. I did think about MLCS but I’ve seen so many varying reviews I’m not sure what to expect from MLCS.

Just in case anyone happens upon this thread in the future wondering the same thing as me…

The same size bits from MLCS (not Katanas) would have saved me an extra 60 bucks, at $93.42 shipped direct from MLCS after 10% off coupon. I’ll check the Katanas too, but like NiteWalker said, it looks like they might be close to what I paid for the Whitesides.

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#5 posted 03-14-2014 03:15 AM

NiteWalker, I forgot to mention, thanks for the link to the brass rods and the testimonial on Whiteside. I almost hate to ask, but how much of a steal did you get on your set?

Update on the MLCS Katanas: MLCS doesn’t make a 5/8” dia. bullnose Katana. With the 7 other bits, MLCS Katanas would have run me $144.70 after 10% off coupon. With a non-Katana bullnose in the missing size, it would have been about the same as the Whitesides I ordered.

If MLCS did make a 5/8” bullnose Katana, it would have cost $26 (before coupon) and the total would have been $164.70 after coupon, which still seems pretty good if MLCS Katanas are comparable in performance to other premium bits. Maybe some of those bits are available together in sets, but I didn’t check.

I do have to say though, MLCS prices are going to be pretty tempting whenever I need another bit. So far I’ve stuck to Freud, CMT, and now Whiteside for my small but growing 1/2”-shank collection.

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