quality of Grizzly router bits?

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10-09-2014 02:42 PM

Topic tags/keywords: grizzly router bits grizzly router bits

Several times this year I have found myself in need of various roundover router bits. I end up stopping woodworking till I can borrow the needed bit from a friend. I have decided to purchase a set of roundover bits. My first choice is Woodline USA, but they are out of stock and don’t know when they will have the 6 piece set back in stock. An Internet search showed found the Grizzly H5572 bit set (1/r, 3/16, 1/4, 5/16, 3/8, and 1/2 radius) currently on sale for $19.95 (regular price $42.95).

What is your opinion of the Grizzly router bit set?

Has anyone used them and be willing to post a review?

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#1 posted 10-09-2014 03:22 PM

I bought a set of their bits with 1/2” shanks for routing undersized dados for plywood. The one sized for 1/4” plywood made it 3 or 4 cuts and broke in two. Wasn’t impressed.

-- Trust me I'm an engineer.

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#2 posted 10-09-2014 06:35 PM

I’ve read mixed reviews on them. At the right price, I’d take a shot….otherwise, MLCS has good value bits. The Katana line is a step up. Whiteside, Infinity, and Eagle America are all top shelf.

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#3 posted 10-09-2014 07:41 PM

When it comes to router bits I think you get what you pay for.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#4 posted 10-09-2014 09:02 PM

MLCS is my vote for budget router bits. I just bought the 4 bit roundover bit set.

-- paxorion

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#5 posted 10-09-2014 11:18 PM

I have heard of bit breaking, but I have never experienced this. I have bits ranging from freud, bosch, american vermont, wood line, skill and I have never broke a bit. I even have some HF bits, and at their price point they performed way beyond my expectations. The way I see it is if I can’t abuse my tool without breaking them then they have no place in my shop.

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#6 posted 10-09-2014 11:39 PM

It is always very tempting to buy sets of whatever, but in my experience, you end up using 2 or 3 of the set and the remainder go unused. I have decided to only buy the size(s) I need and feel that I come out money ahead even though I end up paying more on a per piece basis. FWIW

-- Art

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#7 posted 10-09-2014 11:57 PM

I have the same set I purchased it probably 8 years ago and use them pretty regularly. I don’t use them hard but they do well. I also have some of MLCS round over bits in larger sizes and like them also. This is my experience others have had bad luck with them.

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

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#8 posted 10-10-2014 03:05 AM

I have the Grizzly roundover set (the purple ones that are their better quality). Mine get used a lot making dowels and I wasn’t happy with the durability and finish. I bought the Whiteside roundover set and am VERY impressed! They are super sharp and leave a ‘no sand’ finish. Well worth the $ in my application.

Amazon had the best price I could find on the Whiteside set.

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#9 posted 10-13-2014 04:37 AM

I have used several brands and my preference is Whiteside also.

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#10 posted 10-13-2014 10:46 AM

The problem with companies like Grizzly IMHO of course , as I have noticed, is they are not specialistss at making or manufacturing these bits and will no doubt farm that side of their business to another source.That is possibly I would imagine China or India..This happens a lot this does happen a lot today with large companies.If they were made by a really good router bit company they would still sell them but I don’t suspect with their own grizzly logo on them as this I feel sure would be counter productive. Just my 2 cents.It is a bit like Fender or Gibson top guitar makers well known for their guitars too with regards to high quality .If they then start as the do , selling strings or amplifiers with their own names when they actually don’t make them The inference is these too would be top quality when they might not be. Alistair

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#11 posted 10-13-2014 05:23 PM

Thanks Everyone!

I ordered various bits from MLCS.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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