I'm going to be looking at making some router bit purchases in the near
future. I would like to get "lifetime" bits rather than ones on the lower
end of the scale that I'll be unhappy with.
How would everyone rate/rank the quality of various well-known bit-makers?
ie, cmt, whiteside, woodcraft, pricecutter(.com), freud, etc....(This list
is by _no_ means meant to be complete).
Thanks in advance!
Whiteside is number 1 in my book. Highest quality and I know Bill
Whiteside and his family. They are great people and run a top notch
facility. I have been to the factory several times and I am very
impressed with the operation and the people of Whiteside. You can not
buy a better bit anywhere. I like the fact that they are made in
America by Americans.
Mike from American Sycamore
I'm a HUGE fan of Whiteside bits.
Try these guys for good service and prices:
No connection to either company beyond customer satisfaction.
CMT and Freud have been good for me too, they're my second choice for
I just read a magazine article (a couple years old) that compared router
bits from about a dozen manufacturers. They found no correlation between
price, reputation, and quality.
Accordingly, I buy from whomever I happen to be ordering from around the
time I need a bit, without worrying too much about the brand.
They didn't test any junk brands; presumably there is a good correlation
Maybe the same magazine that did the TiteBond III testing?
Or Consumer Reports.
I'd admit that "brand spanking new" bits hot out'a the bubble wrap probably
yield similar results - the low cost bits often wear out faster.
Whiteside, Infinity, CMT have been the most used in my shop.
I've bought a couple of MLCS (and one Katana) and have been pleased.
I did a google search and found it again; Fine Woodworking. We like Fine
Woodworking, don't we?
They found your Whiteside to be the best, but not much better than some that
were significantly cheaper.
The expensive PC and Jesada were terrible.
I use CMT and Infinity. Both are good quality bits.
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IMO Whiteside is good value, but slightly under Amana for top
quality--of course, you pay... :) The Whiteside bits I've had don't
seem honed quite as sharp and somewhat more brittle (prone to small
chipping). That said, they're still one of the best overall values of
I am wondering if anyone makes extra long T shank
(Bosch style) jig saw blades? This weekend I
needed to cut off some 4X4 post and used my jig
saw. Power was no a problem but the outer reach of
the cut just got through the post. Not getting all
the way through is a good way to break a blade,
especially if holding things stable is difficult.
I have been through HD and Lowes and seen the
same blades that on a good day, just cut through a
4X4. Does anyone make longer blades with a T
Dunno about the blades you're looking for... but you could use a reciprocating
saw (Sawzall) as an alternative. I have a blade for my recipro saw that will
cut through a 6x6 with ease.
Doug Miller (alphageek-at-milmac-dot-com)
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