On Thu, 15 Jan 2004 16:15:17 GMT, "Mike in Mystic"
|Freud isn't too bad, but I'm pretty much a CMT bit man almost exclusively
|now. I've tried amana, whiteside, lee valley, woodcraft, etc. etc. The
|whitesides and amanas are good, but the CMT bits are wonderful. And they
|cost a lot to prove it. But, I've found them to hold their edge probably
|twice as long as others and the performance new bit vs. new bit is clearly
|in favor of the CMT, IMO.
While it didn't address spiral bits, FWW Magazine did a comparison
study of double-fluted, carbide straight bits in Issue 137.
Whiteside was the performance winner and was not the highest priced
either. I've been very happy with mine so far.