looking for advise on this set of router bits.......have opportunity to buy
set of 50 bits.....they are 1/2 inch mostly Whiteside, but some are
Freud......asking price is $300.00
On 8/7/2014 5:56 AM, email@example.com wrote:
Assuming that all the bits are in good shape, that is $6 each for 50
bits. If you are like most of us, you will probably use no more than
20% of these which brings the price up to $30 each. Just some food for
On Thursday, August 7, 2014 7:56:30 AM UTC-5, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
They are likely worth $300, especially if you are going to use all of them. If you are not likely to use them often, then they may not be worth $300 to YOU.
Some of them are worth $25 each, bought new. Just make sure they are sharp, not dull or worn badly, and that the guide bearings work well, spin freely (not damaged).
Asking $300.... Make an offer of less and see where it goes.
I recently bought a comparable set (4 sets in custom cases, many unused), plus a set of Forstner bits (1/4" - 3 1/2") for $100 at a garage sale.
On 8/7/2014 8:56 AM, email@example.com wrote:
Depends on how you look at it. At $6 a bit, it is a great price.
How many will you actually use? I'd not buy a $75 bit set for a one
time small project, but I'd gladly pay $6 or $12 for a set.
Some of the bits may make a shape nice enough and unusual enough that
you'd make something just to use the bit. Can't put a dollar value on
inspiration even if it only cost you $6.
OTOH, if you only ever use three of them, it works out to $100 a bit.
This has been my rule for many years, but slightly expanded.
Never by any tool until you need it. If it appears that it is a one
time use by a cheap tool that you can throw away after one use. If you
see you are using it more than you though replace with the best you can
I agree WRT router bits (and other expendables) but not so much on
power tools. Early on, I couldn't afford expensive tools so bought
what I could. I had some real POS tools (mostly Crapsman and the
like) and they worked like it. However, I always put off replacing
them because, well, they sorta did what they were supposed to, if not
well. After several years of suffering with junk I decided I would
replace everything as I could afford to and *NEVER* buy a tool until I
could afford to buy what I really wanted. As I've gotten older the
price doesn't matter as much as the aggravation I had with the first
tools. I only wish I didn't even start with the junk.
On 8/7/2014 7:56 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Do you need them?
That is a deal if you will actually use 12 or more of them. If you end
up using 7~8 which may or may not be exactly what you need it may not a
great deal for YOU.
If it is a mix of brands I may also have duplicates that you may not
And one last thing, unless they are NEW I probably would pass.
I take it you haven't actually examined these bits hands-on yourself to verify the brand
names. If you do take the trouble to do that -- and I strongly advise you to, before spending
the money -- you will find that, in fact, very few (if any) of these bits are Whiteside, and not
more than one of them is Freud.
Visit the manufacturers' web sites to see what their bits actually look like:
Freud bits are painted or powder-coated red. Whiteside bits are not painted at all. No way
are these bits "mostly Whiteside".
Nearly all router bits will have the manufacturer's (or vendor's) name on the shank; in
particular, real Freud or Whiteside bits will say Freud or Whiteside. Woodcraft, Rockler,
Woodline, Grizzly, and Hickory almost surely don't manufacture the bits they sell -- but they
do put their names on them.
Looking at the photos, I see one bit that's probably a Freud, two that are probably CMT,
maybe five or six that might be Whiteside -- and a whole lot from Grizzly.
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