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Well, on Wednesday, BadDog tools made good and sent me an entirely new set of router bits. However, some of those were chipped as well.

I went ahead and peiced together a good set and today I'm sending the bad set back to them.

So I would rate BadDog's customer service pretty darn good but I would be wary of the router bits. I'll be putting them through their paces later today. Hopefully I shouldn't have any problems.
 

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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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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..........

shawn
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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Think about how often you will being useing that router bit (now or later) and will the price of this bit then be justified. If this is a project that is being made to be sold, add the tooling into the sale price.
 

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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
 

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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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Hi from a newbe

Right here goes

I used to work for a company in the UK that manufactured router bits titman tip tools ltd (have moved on to better things) and here is the truth

Titman and Demar (i think you can buy them under the Trend machinery brand) and neck and neck with quality.
Titman will last that little longer but you will suffer with finish as it has a harder grade of carbide.

Onsrud in the US are a very good brand and excel with spirals.

Everybody else follows behind.

In answer to your original question is this

In this game you get what you pay for.

Why are router bits so expensive? it is because 75% of carbide ore is mined from China and they dictate the price worldwide.

Cheaper bits are made by unskilled worker, low quality carbide and very poor knowledge of grinding angles. (many of the tips of cheap imports are not brazed on straight)

I hope this has enlightened and not been too boring

Steve
 
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