I have a Freud horizontal raised panel bit that works surprisingly well
in my 2 1/4 hp router. I was browsing amazon for the corresponding
rail and Stile bits. Freud has them for $85, but Grizzly has those
bits PLUS another raised panel bit (a different profile than what I
have) for $60.
What would you get?
Not true; the goods ones are from Taiwan (or Italy, or Israel, or
ocassionally the US).
The crap is from China. I don't know this, but I would bet Grizzly is from
China. But if all you need is crap, they are fine.
Velepec, Dimar and Amana are 'very good professional quality'.
Freud is not bad.
As far as the imports are concerned, they could all be sold for 40 bucks
a box of 12. The rest depends on paint, finish and packaging.
A project that I have worked hours on and spent good money on quality wood
is not worth screwing up with cheap tools.
Its not tool snobbery, its just makes sense to me.
PS: How can those who boo hoo Sears, shop at Harbor Freight and Grizzly?
I have bought a few router bits from Grizzly and like them. but then I don't
do an extreme of woodworking either. For an occasional use router bit I
would not hesitate to get them from Grizzly. If you are planing on going
into production you may want to spend the extra money.
Infinity www.infinitytools.com or Whiteside www.routerbits.com Freud is
in third place with many other good brands.
If I'm doing quality work, expensive materials, I'm not taking chances on an
unknown bit. I have some $5 bits from Woodcraft. I use them on non-critical
stuff and they work OK. If I'm going to make a raised panel door, no way.
I have both the Grizzly and Jasada bits in roundover, The Grizzly bits do
not always have the same shape as the Jasada. However I have never had the
Grizzly lose a bearing which I have had happen on Jasada. The Freud bits
have the same shape always, and have yet to lose a bearing. It took me a
while to notice when Jasada went belly up.
It's from FWW #137, so late '98 (a given company's QC might certainly
have changed in the intervening years), but take a read anyway:
Larry Bud wrote:
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