Is it worth buying the cheaper router bits if I am cutting just one
joint with them?
Am thinking of picking some cheap ones up on ebay, but wondered whether
they will f**k up my work surface or not?
Anyone had any experience of using the cheap brands like Marksman,
Blackspur or Silverline?
While I have never used those router bits I have used some Tool Shop
bits my brother-in-law got me with mixed results. They worked OK, but
I will not be buying anymore more of them. If you are spending a lot
of money and time on a project I would hate to ruine it with a cheap
Is it an important joint? Do you really need it to be smooth for a
glue surface? If it's not a big deal and you don't mind sanding after
you rout to smooth it off, or if you're painting over exposed routed
surfaces, el cheapos are OK. I have friends who use those exclusively,
and they are functional. On the other hand, if you're only buying one
or two bits, why not spend an extra few bucks to get something from
MLCS? Good prices ($8-15 each for basic bits), decent quality, and
free shipping on everything (to the US). Not top of the line like
you'd get from $30-50 per bit brands like Amana or CMT, but definitely
several steps above the $1/bit ebay specials. I've used all three of
these "levels" of bits, and for my occasional hobby use, I've found
MLCS is usually a good balance between price and quality.
Hope this helps,
Really? That's too bad. I've bought a lot of good stuff off of Ebay. I
presume you have some evidence that Ebay purchases are junk? Or is it just
that you wanted to do the wreck thing and make a nebulous statement about
something doing 22,000 rpm. Nah - it must be the former because the latter
would only have made you look foolish.
LOL. I have some cheepies that I have had for 20 plus years and I still use
them. And speaking of CHEAP, I bought a set of B&D about 28 years ago that
had interchangeable cutters. The cutters were stamped steel and fit in a
slot on the shank. The pilot screwed on to the shank and tightened the
forked shank on to the cutter. Those bits never failed. LOL. I have an
Amana 1/8" radius round over that is about to spin the bearing and it is not
My set is off ebay.. The 1/4" didn't live long.
The Roman Ogee bit is pretty decent, made a nice edge on cherry.
The straight bit and the dovetail bit both fuzz.
That is what I find in the cheap bits, is fuzzing at the uncut edge.
You then have to spend time getting rid of the fuzz, which means chisel
or sandpaper, either of which can take a while to fix.
I think it is woodcraft that does a whiteside bit a month on sale.
I've bought and used some of the $5 bit from Woodcraft. For the money, they
are darned good. No, they are not as good as a $25 bit with a brand name.
Depends on the use. I never recommend cheap tools, but if all you ever plan
to do is cut a few feet of wood with that profile, , I'd give it a try. Cut
some scrap wood first to be sure there is no major problem and if
acceptable, go ahead with the good wood.
For bits I'm planning to use on a more regular basis, they are Infinity,
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