You will rarely, if ever, see an article or expose' that reflects the
auto industry in a negative way on either TV or in local paper. An
exception was the staged exploding GM on NBC news. Theory is that the
auto industry spends way too much money on advertising.
Does the same hold true for router bits?
Almost every issue of the mags I get have THE ULTIMATE power tool
comparison. Every once in a while they will throw in a TS blade
comparsion. I don't ever recall seeing a router bit comparison.
Am I reading the wrong mags? (ShopNotes, Wood, AWW, WWJ, Workbench)
Yup. the GM coverage was staged. Ford OTOH lost sales on the big Crown Vic
to many police departments because of the potential of an explosion when
rear ended. Also the old Mustangs had the gas tank/bottom of the trunk that
would rupture and soak the occupants of the car with gasoline when rear
And then the Ford tucks of recent years having a massive recall because of
the cruise control switch under the hood that caused the vehicles to catch
on fire including the houses that they were housed in.
Gosh, do you remember the Ford/Firestone news concerning the roll over
Not to mention the millions of recalls by all manufacturers that are covered
by the news regularly.
THOSE blew up, too? I was thinking of the Mustang II, a real
disappointment of a design, as I recall.
The mid-60's designed Mustangs were an object of admiration, but for me, it
was a somewhat distant admiration. We were pretty much a GM household. ;-)
It was probably FWW but could've been American Woodworking Journal
(or some combination of those three words). The evaluations included
the easily measured values - diameter, thickness of carbide, runout
etc. AND quality of cut - for one type of bit. Using a CNC machine -
on melamine, they routed a groove of a specific depth using a specific
feed rate, for a specific number of cuts for a specific length. The
tester then examined the cuts, counting the number of visible chip
outs, how far along they began and some subjective evaluated point
at which the chip out was bad enough to be unacceptable. The
bit's cutting diameter was measured again after it had cut a hundred
or so lineal (or it could be linear) feet to get some quantitative
info on wear and tear.
If I recall, Whiteside performed the best. Not surprising - at least
to me - Whiteside doesn't use a "special colored anti-stick coating"
(read "product differentiation technique") like the Yellow Guys, the
Orange Guys or the Red Guys.
Whichever magazine did the article/evaluation does some pretty
well thought out tests which eliminate much of the "skill and
technique" stuff that also influences the results. A bandsaw
blade test for resawing used a weight wired to the stock and
a pulley to get a consistent feed pressure. They used Time
To Complete The Cut as one of their evaluation criteria, along
with measured surface roughness of the cut surface. Seemed
overkill but thorough as hell. Not up to manufacturing quality
control testing but adequate for indicating which blades sucked,
which were adequate and which worked very well - the stuff
most of us want to know.
You are not reading the wrong mags but perhaps not long enough. IIRC Wood
had a router bit article a few years back. The article was concerning
different brand straight cut bits, how well they cut and how long they cut
well. IIRC this happened just before Jesada sold out.
That may be the theory but the practice is that they beat up the auto
industry pretty thoroughly in the '60s and '70s and got laws passed that
implemented all of the changes that they were demanding (safety laws,
emission laws, defect reporting laws, recall laws, etc) then Ralph Nader
shot himself in the foot by attacking a major cultural icon and lost his
street value and now they've moved on to other things.
How would you put together such a comparison? What criteria would you
use? Seems to me that it would be difficult to put together any really
objective evaluation criteria.
balance & vibration
shape consistency of cutters
Things I can't measure but do affect the quality of the cut and the
wear on routers. They do all kinds of tests on dust collectors with
flow meters and the like so critical tests of router bits could also be
Sure I could by the most expensive and hope for the best but that
doesn't always work.
I don't know how anyone could say auto makers haven't taken an ass
whipping at the hands of the press. Anywhere from basic design flaws
to their business model has been beaten to death in the business pages
since the 70's and the first gas shortage.
This is probably the article on router bits that people are
Here are couple items about the way automakers/dealers, realtors, and
the like control what gets in the paper.
Yeah..........OK..........but isn't that negative press in and of
Why do you have such a bug up your butt about the auto industry?
Did a dealer screw you over? If so, choke it down and move on.
Never said I did. I just used it as an example of how some advertisers
can influence content and wondered if advertisers in WW mags had the
same kind of clout. Maybe not since the target market is so small.
If anything I have a bug up my butt about 'news'papers and TV news and
their alleged objectivity.
Of course not, the guy told me his boss was gonna give him hell the
next day for selling me the truck so cheap.
Not always. Wood mag did a glue comparison test and showed that TB II did
better than TB III in wet applications. That is when many people
discovered that TB III is merely water resistant by testing standards vs.
the advertised Water proof. In Franklins eyes, Water Resistant and Water
Proof is the same thing.
I can assure you that Franklin was not happy with that article as indicated
by their e-mail sent to me addressing that test. They also sent me a case
of TB III glue to prove to me that it was good glue. It is good glue but
AMEN! I couldn't agree more. Some people are so anxious for any
opening to voice their opinons they can't even connect the dots to the
And some, like dgb even take partial post out of context (mine) and
repost with another posters comments to make it seem as if I said
something else. Sloppy, sloppy work.
If you cannot pay attention to the subject, then pay attention to what
you are doing.
(who is perfectly capable of speaking for himself)
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