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Where is the best place to get router bits? It seems prices on bits vary quite a bit. Also i need a bit for a rifle barrel channel. Are core box bits perfectly round or should i go with a round nose bit? Core box bits seem a little cheaper.

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Welcome to the forum, Jim!

I usually buy Freud bits from Home Depot.

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George at eBay Store - Super Carbide Tools: Single bit, 2 pc Set, Set offers good prices and describes his products well, with lots of drawings that may help you.

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Where is the best place to get router bits? It seems prices on bits vary quite a bit. Also i need a bit for a rifle barrel channel. Are core box bits perfectly round or should i go with a round nose bit? Core box bits seem a little cheaper.

Thanks for any suggestions,
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Welcome, Jim!

Manufacturers each have their own quality programs, quality sampling rate (frequency) and tolerances and I haven't seen them published. For many cuts some tolerances (such as highly precise diameter) doesn't matter for most cuts but there are certain types (i.e. dovetails, at least when using the Incra jig) where its very important. Some of the high-end bit manufacturers (such as Whiteside) have earned a very good reputation for consistently delivering quality products, albeit at a premium price. Every manufacturer can have an occasional out-of-spec get through too, so there's no guarantee but if precise tolerance were important, *I'd* choose Whiteside.

This doesn't mean you can't find a very precise bit in the proverbial "bargain bin", but I wouldn't count on it. As you move up the ladder, this is one of the things you should expect.

I'm also with Cassandra on this... Freud also makes good bits. It's a bit of a "Ford vs. Chevy".. or more like Bosch vs. Makita... opinions are usually stronger than the true differences.

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How in heck can he sell rail and stile sets for $24.50!

I paid $80 CDN (Blue Tornado on sale at Busy Bee) for mine and thought it was a great deal.

24.50 for a set??? And these bits are good?

Wish I had seen this first!

If you guys give him your blessing I'll see if he has a mitre lock drawer set.

In fact I feel a buying spree coming on. Router bits to us are sort of like jewelry to women, eh?

Does anyone have anything negative to say about the bits he is selling?

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One of his bits chipped on me. It was a drawer lock bit, and in all fairness I was routing MDF. But still lost a tip off one of the carbides. Garbage now.

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I did have one 1/2" flush cutter where the bearing pin was ground off-center. It was on one of those with the 3" cutting length so things were a bit interesting , but also easily diagnosed. That's out of a dozen or so I have gotten.
Haven't had any trouble with his lock mitre.

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It just seems a bit hard to believe that these bits are at all servicable at these prices:
Freud 3 1/2" panel cutter w/backcut for $105 vs Super Carbide Tools for $17.25.

NEW Freud 99-569 Raised Panel & Back Cutter Bit 3" x 3 - eBay (item 110478292511 end time Feb-05-10 19:09:47 PST)

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1pc 1/2"SH Ogee Raised Panel w/Back Cutter Router Bit - eBay (item 130360111071 end time Jan-25-10 10:20:42 PST)

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Another good place for reasonably priced bits is elitetools.ca

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