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    Router Bits.

    Hello all. I have the opportunity to purchase a bunch of Freud router bits from a retired cabinet maker. They are for the most part 1/2" shank bits. I started to call around anticipating that I would have to sharpen these once purchased and the proshop that I talked to said they provide Kempston Bits to all thier cabinet makers. And a brand new Kempston bit is still cheaper than what this guy wants to sell me his Freud bits at $30 each. Any thoughts? I wonder how much I should offer him for all even though I likely don't need many of them. Does anybody have experience with Kempston bits? Thoughts and Comments?
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Sounds like you are a home shop guy.

    If so, may make more sense to just buy what you need when you need it. Paying for a lot of bits that you may never need may not be the best use of your funds.

    If you can get a killer deal, that is one thing...but...does not sound like that is the case here.

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Griswold Connecticut
    Hmmmm,,, No!
    You should compare the bits in that picture to what is available on Amazon. I think you'll find that brand new from Amazon, in the sets, is a much cheaper alternative than $30.00 each. They also haven't been rolling around in a drawer.
    They're nice bits, but in sets, they work out to < $20.00 each for most of them in that picture.
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  4. #4
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    Sep 2016
    Central Missouri, U.S.
    Thirty bucks for a used router bit? That probably needs sharpening? That's been used to cut who knows what?


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    In my opinion based on the way those 1/2" shank bits are stored loose in a box, they aren't worth $30 each. The 1/4" bits are stored so that the cutting edges don' come in contact with each other. Typically Freud Ogee and edge profiling bits run $40-65 new from Router Bit World, so used bits should run $20-30 each if they are in good shape. If they need sharpened, they would be worth less than $20 each.
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    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Central MA
    I wouldn’t pay more than $5 a shank if I was buying the whole lot. You’d be doing him a huge favor taking them all as one lot. Decent sharpening services here in the states charge between $4 & $10 or so each for sharpening and you’d be doing good to sell the surplus for $20 each fresh from a sharpener and still in the wax. Unless you enjoy the challenge of being a flipper, you’re probably better off just buying what you need new.
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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    N.E. Ohio
    What kind of idiot throws loose router bits in a drawer like that?

    If that's any indication how he took care of them - or any of his other tools for that matter, I'd pass on anything he's trying to unload.
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  8. #8
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    Jan 2017
    Westchester County NY
    Carbide profiles are brittle and any nicks in the edges may telegraph on to your project.

    Also, the price is absurd. John L. above is right, 5 bucks a bit would be ok if the profiles are in good condition.

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