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Duckster

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10-06-2014 12:34 AM

i am about 80% finished on my new router cabinet and I have changed routers and my new Bosch is for 1/2” router bits. I wanted to know, from some of you that have been in the woodworking world, what brands are the best and durable bits, on the market today?

-- Duckster, Texas. {Any day of fishing, Beats a good day at work.} Wash your feet and love Jesus


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a1Jim

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#1 posted 10-06-2014 12:44 AM

Whiteside is the top of the mark as far as long lasting quality,but they are also at the top of the price range,but worth it in my opinion .

The best bargain on inexpensive bits are these:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/80pc-1-4-Shank-Tungsten-Carbide-Router-Bit-Set-3-Blade-Power-Tools-Accessories-/190767553932?pt=Routers_Bits&hash=item2c6aa1dd8c

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gfadvm

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#2 posted 10-06-2014 12:46 AM

I got by with cheaper bits for several years and finally bought the Whiteside Roundover set. I’ll never go back to less expensive bits. The difference in performance was amazing!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 10-06-2014 12:58 AM

I agree with Andy as far as quality bits outshining cheep ones ,but the set I gave a link to gives you the opportunity to test different profiles and see how you like them,I’ve had a good number of my students buy these sets and got a lot of good use from them for a number of years.I bought a set also and think their a steal for a little over a $1. ea.
Given that one Whiteside router bit can cost over $100 for one bit this is a great way to get a lot of bits for a low cost.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Duckster

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#4 posted 10-06-2014 01:18 AM

aiJim,
Where do your students get those bits?

-- Duckster, Texas. {Any day of fishing, Beats a good day at work.} Wash your feet and love Jesus

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 10-06-2014 01:23 AM

From E-bay, although I think other places sell them for about $30 more. We have never had any trouble with that seller on e-bay,there’s free shipping and shipped relatively quickly,at least they have in the past.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#6 posted 10-06-2014 01:30 AM

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Duckster

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#7 posted 10-06-2014 01:31 AM

Is there a particular brand you buy?

-- Duckster, Texas. {Any day of fishing, Beats a good day at work.} Wash your feet and love Jesus

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a1Jim

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#8 posted 10-06-2014 01:33 AM

I buy the ones in the last link. and the Whiteside brand when I want high end router bits.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#9 posted 10-06-2014 02:42 AM

Whiteside makes great bits, and having used a few, I know they are awesome. They make the bits for a few other sources too, like Eagle America. I figure I’d build up my collection over time as Woodcraft has their router bit of the month sale. Now that I know what bits I use the most, I’m inclined to pull the trigger for Whiteside bits if they ones I use regularly go on sale.

Depending on your goal (build up a collection fast vs. buy once, hurt once), you can look to difference sources and consider the low, mid, high end offerings. I’m a big fan of Eagle America/MLCS and I have not been disappointed by the MLCS bits (low) when I need to build up a collection quickly. I also have a smattering of WoodRiver and Bosch bits that I got on sale. I believe the MLCS Katana would be more akin to their mid, and the Eagle America bits their high. In fact, I think Whiteside makes the Eagle America bits.

-- paxorion

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knotscott

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#10 posted 10-06-2014 09:28 AM

Whiteside, Eagle America, and Infinity are my top brands. There’s a 7 pc Whiteside that routinely sells for < $100.

Choosing Router Bits

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timbertailor

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#11 posted 10-06-2014 12:54 PM

I use Freud. They are a fraction of the cost of Whiteside and Eagle America but have all the performance and longevity to match.
Just wish it did not take me a decade to figure it out.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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johnstoneb

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#12 posted 10-06-2014 01:30 PM

Buy the set a1jim linked to. Then as you wear or bread them replace with the whiteside, freud or ather higher end bit. I think I may just buy that set I just replace the router in my table and now have a 1/2 chuck.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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bondogaposis

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#13 posted 10-06-2014 01:39 PM

I have been leaning toward the MLCS Katana bits lately. Quality bits at a reasonable price and free shipping.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Rick Dennington

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#14 posted 10-06-2014 02:51 PM

MLCS and Freud are my choice…..Been using them for years…..If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…...

-- Here in the South, we say "down the road a piece"...and , "it's over yonder".....!!

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