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I buy less expensive bits unless I have a project I know needs more quality. Routing a hole for my attic fan or for the squirrel house I just built sure doesn't need an expensive bit. I save the good bits for better projects and use the cheaper ones for what ever. Does this make sence? Anyway it works for me.

I should point out I never buy the cheapest bits..... just the lower priced ones.

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Woodnut65 said:
My experience with cheap router bits, proved to me that you get what you pay for.
I bought a leigh dove tail jig, along with a set of bits from woodworkers wharehouse.
The first time I chucked upa 1/2" 14 degree bit and took a cut it snapped in half, just above the cutting edges. I went out and bought a CMT bit and replaced the broken one. No more problem, Whiteside bits are also good. Freud makes good bits.
In my opinion Onsrud makes about the best.
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Interesting how things go, I just happened to pickout a new Whiteside 1/4" shank, 1/4" round over bit for a project today. I have maybe a half dozen of their bits and have found them to be high quality. On this one the bearing froze with I would say less then 20 feet of routing! So as you can see even good bits can go bad.... This has not turned me off of this brand but we will see how they fix my problem.

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Interesting how things go, I just happened to pickout a new Whiteside 1/4" shank, 1/4" round over bit for a project today. I have maybe a half dozen of their bits and have found them to be high quality. On this one the bearing froze with I would say less then 20 feet of routing! So as you can see even good bits can go bad.... This has not turned me off of this brand but we will see how they fix my problem.

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This might be off subject but...... Things have cooled down and I have taken the bit and looked at it. After cooling the bearing would turn but it was stiff, make that very stiff. I sprayed some bearing lub on it and it got a little better but I could feel something as I turned it and it was way to stiff to try and use.

I took the bearing off and this took a bit if effort, what struck me was the screw was still tight to the bearing. I took a plastic hammer and tapped it loose. Then things made more sence, the screw was turned in to the bearing, no washer or washer screw! With the screw out the bearing started turning like a new one! My guess is that someone assembled this one wrong. I was in a hurry so I never did check the bearing spin before using it.... after all it was new.

I don't know what damage the bearing may have taken during its short life but I think I will add a washer and see what happens durning some more routing.

So let's add another tip here: Always test spin the bearings before you use them (unless you're isolating them) and do it with new bits as well as the old ones.

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Shane167 said:
Well everyone hit the nail on the head... now just tell all my family not to buy me cheap bits for x-mas. Does any one else have this problem?
I like the idea of having other people buying me the "best" bits. So if any of you were planing on getting me some router bits for Christmas please make sure you spend the extra money on the "best". Thank's in advance.

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reible said:
I buy less expensive bits unless I have a project I know needs more quality. Routing a hole for my attic fan or for the squirrel house I just built sure doesn't need an expensive bit. I save the good bits for better projects and use the cheaper ones for what ever. Does this make sence? Anyway it works for me.

I should point out I never buy the cheapest bits..... just the lower priced ones.

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Here is a picture of the new residents to my squirrel house. Note the modifications they have started to my nice routed hole. This begs to ask if I had used an expensive bit would they have been happier?

http://www.routerforums.com/gallery/showimage.php?i=36

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reds_21 said:
i am new to the wood working scene. i do have a router and have bought a few router bits for practice but the question i have is: are there any problems with craftsman router bits? after all the reading iv'e done on the forums i never hear anyone speak of craftsman routers or router bits. whats the reason for this? does the craftsman router suck along with the bits? can anyone fill me in on the "craftsman woodworking" quality of things..........

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With the thousands of messages here it is starting to be hard to find information but I know I have posted at least a few things about craftsman routers...... I still have and use my first router a craftsman from 1975-76 ish. It has never had a sick day or failed for me. I used it for a lot of years as my only router..... It was a good buy then and time has made it even better. I have a lot of HHS bits, all 1/4" and I even use them from time to time, they are also craftsman. When I got a 1/2" router I could no longer shop sears for the bits, they did not carry that size, plus HHS was no longer the way to go. I have a few "newer" bits from them and I can't say they are any better or worse then any of the general bits I buy.

I can not speak as to the current routers that craftsman has, I simple don't have one to talk about. If I were looking for an everyday bit and I had a sears store along my route I would buy a bit there if it fit my needs....

I do own a lot of craftsman tools and for the most part they are usable and easy to get parts for, and on sale a really good deal...... Now if you really get into routing you will have many routers and you will buy more brands and spend a lot more money.......

Enjoy what you have, learn using it, don't worry about what other say or think of your tools, after all what do they know????

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bennybbc said:
I've used several different brands of bits. I haven't seen anyone on this thread
mention Infinity router bits. Whiteside has been my favorite for a while now and
I feel they are better than any other brand out there...except for Infinity. I haven't
been using the few Infinity bits for too long but I'm so impressed with their finish,
how sharp they are to begin with and how beautiful the cuts are. That and they're
pretty cheap! I'm not sure yet if they're better than the Whitesides but they're
at least as good and a little cheaper too. I highly recommend either brand.

Bruce
Redding, California
And I thought Infinity was a car????? I have not seen that "brand" of bit, where do they sell them?

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