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I am not talking custom bit makers (if there are any) I am talking about common bits known to most wood workers. I have been using White Side bits and really like them. I have heard Freud makes really good bits but so far I don't have any. I would like your opinion from your experience.

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been using Freud for years and years..
superb CS...
long lasting and can handle some abuse...
out of the box Whiteside has the edge/lead but the Freud will outlast the WS by far... (as in LF)...
zero complaints..

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been using Freud for years and years..
superb CS...
long lasting and can handle some abuse...
out of the box Whiteside has the edge/lead but the Freud will outlast the WS by far... (as in LF)...
zero complaints..
Stick do you know why Freud will out last WS? May better carbide I am just guessing.

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Freud for general use bits. Fairly easy to find and priced OK. I have Sommerfeld matched bit sets for doors and cabinets.

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Freud for general use bits. Fairly easy to find and priced OK. I have Sommerfeld matched bit sets for doors and cabinets.
grade of carbide for sure...

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Freud for general use bits. Fairly easy to find and priced OK. I have Sommerfeld matched bit sets for doors and cabinets.
go w/ Freud across the board..
their match sets are outstanding and then some...
Freuds is way more industrial use than occasional use..
occasional use will get you years of use from one bit...
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Freud = quality, availability price is not the cheapest, but you get what you pay for. They have so many profiles you are almost sure to find what you need. I have a Freud catalogue and if I see something I need, almost any big box or hardware store can order it for me. I also like the Freud saw blades including the dado set.
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I agree that you get what you pay for but only up to a point. Router bits are expendables. A cheap bit from MLCS will last me a lifetime unless its a bit that is used all the time like say a cove bit. If I need a special profile and can get it from MLCS for $15 dollars or a brand name for $40 dollars Ill get the $15 dollar one. I use it two or three times and never touch it again. It may not last a life time if used every day but if used 3 times it will last as long as the Sphinx. As far as the cut quality goes I've never noticed a difference. So I would say only buy expensive bits if you plan on using them on a daily basis. The complete opposite goes for tools. If you need a tool (and you're young) then but the best. If you need to do a job buy the tool to do it and don't try to get away with using another tool to do the job. If you're making mortises spend $300 on a mortising machine (or $150 on a good used one)instead of trying to do it with a drill press or router. You'll always have a good tool and when its time to sell you'll take less of a hit.
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Freud = quality, availability price is not the cheapest, but you get what you pay for. They have so many profiles you are almost sure to find what you need. I have a Freud catalogue and if I see something I need, almost any big box or hardware store can order it for me. I also like the Freud saw blades including the dado set.
and then there is their Quadracut bits... nothing like them...
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A cheap bit from MLCS will last me a lifetime unless its a bit that is used all the time like say a cove bit. If I need a special profile and can get it from MLCS for $15 dollars or a brand name for $40 dollars Ill get the $15 dollar one..
tried them...
VOE says that their balance isn't all that great...
the brazing is subpar...
found that to be the norm w/ Asian bits...
3rd or 4th bit the brazing failed and the cutter hit me the ear....
the trip the ER sure made that on very expensive bit...
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