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Question Ebay 11pc 1/2" Router Bit Set Quality

I am new to woodworking and want to buy an economical set of tongue and groove router bits. Has anyone had any experience with the 1/2 inch 11 piece router bit set found on Ebay. The Ebay vendor is ghsu2ia3 (20205). This appears to be a good bargain if the quality is there. I prefer USA made products but have no objections if the set is made in China if the quality is up to par.
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i hope they are OK quality, because they have a lock miter bit for $14. Normally those cost more like $45.

Based solely on that, my guess is that the quality is bound to be low ... you know the saying, "you usually get what you pay for"
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try marc sommerfeld tools or tornado router bits , both of good quality
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It's tough to say but from my experience I have found that all of the "cheap" bits I have bought over the years they have all lasted. With some of these sets you can pay on average $2 or $3 dollars a bit. At that price unless they are completely useless you will get your moneys worth. Most bits aren't used that much so being a cheap one is enough to get you by. If you find that you are using one over and over again then at that point you can invest in a more expensive one. I bought a cheap set off Ebay 10 years ago and still have not used some of the profiles. The ones I have used have held up fine.
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Thanks Chris. I am leary of them because they are cheap compared to name brand bits. I'm inclined to go with name brand. I have been reviewing the sommerfeld bits.
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Thanks. I am leary of them because they are cheap compared to name brand bits. I'm inclined to go with name brand. I have been reviewing the sommerfeld bits.
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Thanks for the reply. I'm still on the fence regarding this set versus a name brand set. Hopefully I will get a reply from someone that has used this specific set.
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I am new to woodworking and want to buy an economical set of tongue and groove router bits. Has anyone had any experience with the 1/2 inch 11 piece router bit set found on Ebay. The Ebay vendor is ghsu2ia3 (20205). This appears to be a good bargain if the quality is there. I prefer USA made products but have no objections if the set is made in China if the quality is up to par.
Hi Jim - I have several of his bits and for the most part are decent quality for the money. Not Sommerfeld, Whiteside or Amana but also no where near the price. As far as that particular set, I have a smaller, 5 piece, set that he sold a couple of years ago and it has been fine. I don't do an awful lot of tongue and groove but I haven't needed to replace any of it yet. As with most, roundovers are one of my most used bits and I ran his 6 piece roundover set for over two years before I started replacing/upgrading. He also has a two piece wedge type tongue and groove set that works very well.
George gets his bits directly from the factory in China and also travels back at least once a year to maintain social alliances necessary for getting good products out of China. The Chinese aren't incapable of producing quality products, the problem arrises when the bean counting MBA's here in the US companies pencil whip the quality out to get the profit margins they want. The Chinese build to spec, what you specify, they build.

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