Router Bits


I know that people here have favorite brands of router bits. Has anyone used Woodline? Even if they're not necessarily the best, do you think they are a good deal for the price?
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Has anyone come across or used Millers Falls rail/stile and raised panel bits. I saw a set for less than $AUD120 for the three bits, seemed a nice raised vertical profile bit. Are they genuine Millers Falls or an asian copy? Unusual to see what could possibly, be good quality equipment in this part of the world.
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I've got one set of about 7 bits (plywood). They are the WORST bits I've used. I would never buy any of their bits again. Similar bits in other brands cut with less force and leave cleaner edges. They weren't worth the amount I spent because they are so crappy. Go with CMT, Amana, Bosch, Freud, etc, for troublefree performance, Jeff. Learn from my mistake! :)
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Not sure where you are, which rather makes a difference...
Several approached have been tried, including:
* Buying the bits you need as you need them, (or)
* Buying a set of bits, because you got a package price.
Either one works, but it depends on you, your access to tools on short notice, what types of work you do, and how much at any one time.
* Buying 'house brand' bits, and replacing when they wear, (or)
* Buying 'premium brand' bits, and having them professionally sharpened when they wear.
Again, it depends on the work you want to do.
www.patwarner.com has a wealth of info on all thing related to routers. Pat has come by his strongly held opinons honestly, and should at least be read, before you decide what suits you.
I have bits from Amana, Whiteside, Freud, Rockler, Oldham and Woodcraft in my bit box. Each represents a certain value decision. None is a total loser. Amana & Whiteside are my favorites, but represent the largest investment. CMT & Infinity have received excellent reviews here as well, although I've not tried them.
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Now that I have a decent router (and table), I wanted to get a basic set of bits with 1/2" shanks. I have plenty of local woodworking suppliers, so I can quickly get individual bits if needed for a specific purpose. I know that Woodline is a local company, and supports local woodworking organizations, so I have an inclination to send business their way. And I don't mind looking for bargains - if the risk is not too great. The eBay $20 digital calipers and $20 carbide tipped drill bits were just fine, the $20 carbide router bit set was junk.
Woodline sells good sounding basic router bit sets - 12 bits/$60, 24 bits/$89, 33 bits/$110, 66 bits/$189. I'm more wary of spending over a hundred dollars, especially if the feedback from this group is negative.
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"Good sounding" bits? Jeff, they are the pits! Truly the worst quality bits I've come across. do yourself a favor and don't make the same mistake I did. I was lured by the low price, but they aren't worth even the cheap price I paid.
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I have a bunch'o Woodline bits and I don't have a problem with them. They are not equal to the best, nor as bad as the worst. They frequent the woodworking shows here in SoCal and I often pick up a few of this or that bits. I would not spend a bunch'o money with them sight unseen. Go with the better stuff if you must buy sets. But I think you will find Woodline acceptable for the price for run'o'the'mill edging or patterning bits. I have their solid carbide up spiral bits in 1/4 and 1/2" sizes and they cut great.
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I have their (Woodline) straight bits. I have to push the wood much harder than a comparable size Bosch bit, and they leave a ragged edge when making dados. The Bosch leaves a clean cut.
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I have quite a few of Woodline bits they do a fine job for me. Haven't had any problems as someone else posted. I especially like their fast shipping when I need a bit fast.
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