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Forum topic by bigblockyeti posted 10-10-2014 06:52 PM 2213 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bigblockyeti

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10-10-2014 06:52 PM

I’ve done a few dishes with my router and leaving an area that has to be cut down and radiused is a real PITA, not to mention a waste of time. I need a bowl bit and found a Yonico 14961 pretty cheap, but I’ve never heard of them before. Are they any good? Anyone with any experience using them? Given it costs about 1/3 of what a Whiteside, CMT or Freud, I’m a little suspect as with most tools I’ve learned you get what you pay for. Also I’ve been looking around and it seems most if not all bowl bits I’ve run across have a 1/4” radius, does any manufacturer make a bit with a 1/2” or larger radius?


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#1 posted 10-10-2014 07:34 PM

There has to be a reason it’ 1/3 the cost. If some company is offering router bits @ 1/3 the cost of the big name brands router bit and are of equal quality the name brand guys wouldn’t be in business long.

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#2 posted 10-10-2014 09:38 PM

I use Freud now a days. I get 99% of the performance and longevity of the high end bits and they are easy to come by at your local brick and mortar, for 1/2 to 3/4 the price.

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#3 posted 10-10-2014 09:45 PM

They’re “probably” fine for a while, but I wouldn’t expect them to perform at the level of top shelf bits, or for as long….you will get lower grade carbide, less of it, lesser sharpening, lesser bearings, lesser steel, less precise manufacturing. I think I have one of two of these bits, but even at the bargain level there are so many other well proven choices, I don’t see much incentive to give them a go. Instead, if you don’t want to take a top shelf approach (Whiteside, Infinity, Eagle America), I’d look to MLCS, Woodline, Wood River, Rockler, Stone Mountain, and possibly Grizzly purple. Somewhere in the middle is Price Cutter and Katana.

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#4 posted 10-10-2014 09:47 PM

dbl post

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#5 posted 10-11-2014 02:32 AM

I bought a Yonico 3/16” spiral bit last week and I was impressed, especially for the price. I’d definitely try some of their carbide tipped bits.

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#6 posted 10-11-2014 02:47 AM

I’ve read the review and there’s no gray area, people either love them or hate them. I’ll only be using it to cut the perimeter for a few bowls and trays initially, more later if all goes well. The total length of cut would almost certainly be less than 6’ even for a larger tray, despite being multiple passes, the bit really wouldn’t see a lot of use.

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