The bits that I have in my collection are from Oak-Park, Bosch and Porter-Cable. The reason I use Bosch and Porter-Cable is because those are the heavy duty models and I like to shop our local hardware store since I don't have to wait a fews days before I get them and I also like the collection that Oak-Park sells, another one of my favorites. I also have some from Skil, not my favorites though but so far they have worked for me.
I have used PC, CMT, Freud, Oak-Park, Amana, and a bunch of others. I recently tried bits made by Infinity Tools, located in Fla. They are very good and the price is reasonable for bits designed and made in the US. The bits you use the most should be the best you can afford, fill in the bits used less with less expensive but good quality bits. I usually get 1/2" shank bits if they are available in the type I need, they last longer and produce less vibration. That's my opion for what ever it's worth.. Woodnut65
Well, what I can remember, it talked about how bits are made and the differences in bits...I'm trying to remember what else it said since I read that issue a while back. That magazine is somewhere in the shop.
I saw that article also and thought it was pretty informative. It talked about various manufacturing methods, differences in carbide, the debate on coatings and whether they actualy make a difference, etc, and also had some thoughts how to look at bits by price vs performance.
I think the bottom line is still the same as others have said above ... If you're going to use the bit a lot, spend the bucks for a good one ... if not very often, then pare back a little 'cause life of the bit isn't so much of an issue in that case.
When I got started I purchased a 40 bit carbide set from woodline for around $100 I think it was ... the ones I use the most have gradually been replaced with better quality.
Yeah, I think one always has to keep those kind of issues in mind - what axe do they have to grind or what's their bias - particularly when dealing with specific brand names - but I don't think it was too bad so far as general approach and things to keep in mind when looking at bits (although I'm also not sure how one could come up with a "performance value" without actualy spending the dollars and trying it out). Hey, maybe we could get manufacturers to put a performance rating on their packaging!(kidding)
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