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Been checking out this forum for a while and decided to join. Lots of great info here.

I recently purchased a CMT spiral flush trim bit. Received it yesterday. First thing I noticed was that the bearings were not held with a screw or nut but only a small clip. Called CMT and was assured this is not a problem. Second thing I noticed is that it didn't seem very sharp. I could shave the hair on my arm with a brand new Whiteside spiral bit.

Today I did some test cuts. This thing destroyed a piece of mahogany and a piece of koa. I never had these problems before. Switched the bit to a two year old Whiteside bit that has performed hundreds of cuts and the finish was smooth and silky on both these woods.

I'm thinking I maybe got a dud. Anyone have experience with these bits?

Thanks for any input.

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Hi All,

Been checking out this forum for a while and decided to join. Lots of great info here.

I recently purchased a CMT spiral flush trim bit. Received it yesterday. First thing I noticed was that the bearings were not held with a screw or nut but only a small clip. Called CMT and was assured this is not a problem. Second thing I noticed is that it didn't seem very sharp. I could shave the hair on my arm with a brand new Whiteside spiral bit.

Today I did some test cuts. This thing destroyed a piece of mahogany and a piece of koa. I never had these problems before. Switched the bit to a two year old Whiteside bit that has performed hundreds of cuts and the finish was smooth and silky on both these woods.

I'm thinking I maybe got a dud. Anyone have experience with these bits?

Thanks for any input.

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Ted; first, welcome!
Second, scream bloody blue murder (to CMT...they should get first shot at making this right).
CMT is at grave risk of ruining their hard-earned reputation.
They've long boasted of using German steel and Carbide; now they're slipping into the 'outsourcing' trend...read 'Made in China' for that.
Another member here called my attention to this re CMT circ. saw blades.
To say that I was most unhappy to see would be a gross understatement.
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Thanks guys!

I'm returning the bit and buying a Whiteside. I work with some really expensive wood and can't take any chances. I will call CMT on Monday to let them know about this product.
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Ted; take pictures of the damaged wood, and the bit! They owe you, and not just for the bit.
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I doubt that would do any good and I'm just going to cut my losses. This was my first CMT bit and definitely my last. Aside from the lost wood, there's the safety factor. The router jumped when I got to the end grain. These guys should think twice before selling a piece of junk that rotates at several thousand RPM.
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I have a number of CMT cutters and find them all of top quality.

In Australia, we don't have your choice and all my top end cutters are CMT.

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That's sad to hear, I hope it's an anomaly and not a trend, I have 6or 7 CMT bits and am happy with all of them. I haven't bought one in a couple yrs though, so who knows what they've done to increase stock portfolio values over product quality. So many Cos have gone that way over the last couple 3 decades. I'm glad I bought all my important tools before the fall.

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I should have never used the bit. The fact that they use a clip to hold the bearings in place should have been a red flag. They will hear from me on Monday.
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