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Default Cheapy bits - Neiko, Yoniko, HF

just wondering what everyones experience with these less expensive bit are. Im looking at doing some basic cabinets (first attempt) in the garage and could use some raised panel and drawer lock and rail/stile bits. Looked at ebay and harbor freight (the raised panel set), didn't wanna spend a fortune and I know you get what you pay. I also know you can over pay sometimes for no reason. Will these suffice just fine?
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Great question, I also buy the best that I can afford and really have had good luck,but I would be more then interested in someone buying the cheaper ones a testing them out and come back and give a review, if do please write a reveiw
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Yonico are pretty good. Nice thick carbide, sharp, and nice finish. I haven't used the HF but they look and feel cheap. One that is exceptionally cheap and fair quality is Heletia or Heleta. Not much selection but their most expensive bit is $5. Porter Cable, Bosch, MLCS, and I think Grizzly have all rated poorly.

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These are a pretty decent buy and seems to be of good quality.

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After buying my first decent sets of Freud quadra cuts I will always defer to those bits if it's something important I'm making, they are the cat's ass. But I'm pretty frugal when it comes to buying stuff where I can save a buck. I'll probably get a bunch of these cheapies and let u guys know if they are decent. All I had ever bought was Bosch, Skil, Craftsman before the freuds and a CMT. I'm assuming some companies, like many, all get their bits from one maker and just slap different paint and label on it..so they might all be the same bit truth be known...

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I wouldn't mind trying the rockler or woodcraft's wood river bits but they are awful proud of them when I could just buy a Freud or cmt for about the same..I've been scouring for cheap deals on ebay lately which lead to the original post.
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I've done that too and if the price is right they are a good deal, except the no name Chinese ones. There was a bit test done by Fine Woodworking about 8 yrs ago that can be googled and downloaded for free. Interestingly, neither Freud, CMT, or Amana scored well even we all consider them good bits. Some of the ones that beat them were BC Saw, Lee Valley, Infinity, Rockler, Eagle America, and Whiteside.

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I have bought some of the Yoniko bits, I got them as they were the profile I had been looking for, I was worried that they would not be good cutters but I was happy to see that they cut very well, normally I would not buy any cheaper brands but with these then there was not a cent in wasted money. I can't comment about the other cutters mentioned as I never bough any of them. N
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There is a forum that has quite a bit of information on the types of router bits and the experience that everyone has had with them. It's under router forums - routers - router bits types & usage.
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Most bits are foreign made so they have the funky names. Like everything else some good & some are downright dangerous. My rule of thumb, if I buy a cheap bit, is to first start at a lower speed and a piece of scrap wood (hiding the bit in the wood) to make sure the carbide in not going to fly off. I avoid Chinese made steel tools because the quality control process is questionable and voids in the metal ora poor brazing process can spell disaster. Protecting my body is more important than a few extra bucks. I know they or more costly but I have never had a failure with Whiteside, Freud, CMT or Amana. The better grades of bits will stay sharp longer, produce a cleaner cut, and in the long run end up costing less. Use the cheap stuff for the one time jobs.

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