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Thread: Favorite Brand of Router Bits?

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    Favorite Brand of Router Bits?

    Iíve been disappointed lately with the results Iím getting when routing, mostly tearout in situations when I least expect it. I realized that many of my bits are more than 25 years old, purchased when I first started woodworking and were probably bargain bits. I think it might be time to buy some new bits and wonder what input you all might have, especially if you favor any particular brand.

    Thanks for your input.

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    I get good results with Whiteside. Good cuts and more durable than the red kind ime.

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    Whiteside and CMT for me.

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    I just buy Amana. No need to try other brands....

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    Check these:
    https://www.google.com/search?q=home...hrome&ie=UTF-8

    https://www.lowes.com/pl/Router-bits...E&gclsrc=aw.ds

    The Ryobi bits are less expensive and I find them to be good.

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    I am a fan of MLCS Katana series router bits. They are a little more expensive but I have not been disappointed with one yet.
    Ken

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    Another vote for Whiteside and Amana. I have a Freud cabinet set, and it's very nice also. Not cheap by any means.

    I have seen that some manufacturers are now making insert head router bits, as with shapers. That would be something to look into,if you're going to invest in router bits on a wider scale.
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    Whiteside and Amana.

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    Another vote for Whiteside and Amana

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erich Elfeldt View Post
    Another vote for Whiteside and Amana
    Whiteside. I've never found anything better, that's my final resting place.

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    I use Whiteside and Amana for all the common ones I regularly use (straight, spiral, roundovers, coves, etc.) For things that might be one-time, unusual profile, or for specialty uses, I like to shop Eagle America.

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    Whiteside all the way. I only deviate when I need something they don't offer. (is there any?)

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    I like the cut quality and price of Freud router bits. I've yet to have any tear out with their quad cut bits.
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    It looks like Whiteside & Amanda are the favorites.
    Thanks for the input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Fitzgerald View Post
    I am a fan of MLCS Katana series router bits. They are a little more expensive but I have not been disappointed with one yet.
    I will second Kenís opinion.

    Hard to to beat free shipping on even one bit. Not a commercial user here, but the OP sounds like a home shop user as well.

    Compare prices plus delivery. My guess is it is hard to beat MLCS for product in your hand...but I have not compared prices since the MLCS bits fill my needs.
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