October 13, 2013 at 11:53 pm #47668MrToolJunkiePro
It is interesting the regional variances. In stores. HD here is mainly Freud diabolo and lows is Bosch.
Orange County, CAOctober 14, 2013 at 5:28 am #47684
I would have to order them online if I wanted to try one which I may do at some point. Same goes for a broader selection of Bosch jigsaw blades, they carry all the basics locally but not the more specialized ones.
danpattison.comOctober 14, 2013 at 6:07 am #47697FLAUERProMENOMONEE FALLS, WI
I typically get Freud if I want them to last the longest. I have also found good ones from Woodworkers Supply, I think they are Woodtech?October 14, 2013 at 6:25 am #47716
I would suspect that they are trying to target various users and price points by varying quality. Also, brand loyalty is held by many of us, so do they sell more due to loyalty especially when most do not know Bosch owns Skil for example.
We have Menard’s stores all over our area. They are similar to Home Depot, just not as many stores. Menard’s has a large selection of Bosch router bits as their high-end line. I prefer Freud cutters, especially the Quadra cut models but have a number from CMT, Whiteside, and Porter Cable.October 14, 2013 at 6:49 am #47730MrToolJunkiePro
The Freud Quadra cut bids are great…very smooth cuts on end grain.
Orange County, CAOctober 14, 2013 at 6:50 am #47731
I’ve been curious about the quadra cut bits but haven’t tried one yet. So you guys find they are worth it?
danpattison.comOctober 14, 2013 at 7:13 am #47756
Yes, I believe they work as advertised. Good clean cuts with less tear-out.October 14, 2013 at 7:16 am #47758
I’m thinking about getting a new ogee bit so I might give one of the quadra bits a try then. I suppose they would be slightly more expensive to sharpen but should last longer between sharpenings in theory.
danpattison.comFebruary 20, 2014 at 11:10 am #93114
I picked up the Bosch 15/64″ two flute router bit for 1/4″ plywood this week. Much to my dismay it left the dado loose when I insterted the plywood. I am thinking of trying the Freud 7/32″ bit since its a hair smaller. Do you guys have any preference on your plywood bits?February 20, 2014 at 11:57 am #firstname.lastname@example.orgModeratorOwatonna, MN - Minnesota
I have had the best luck with CMT plywood bits. They are a top notch bit.February 20, 2014 at 1:07 pm #93137
Much to my dismay it left the dado loose when I insterted the plywood. I am thinking of trying the Freud 7/32″ bit since its a hair smaller.
Plywood is usually undersized from what it is called. Probably best to measure the plywood first with a caliper and then use the appropriate bit. It can vary in thickness in the same sheet so watch out for that also.February 20, 2014 at 1:56 pm #93156
Good point Lon, unfortunately I don’t have a plethora of bits yet but I am working on it. I did end up getting the Freud bit and I hope between that and the Bosch I should be covered for most 1/4″ ply if not it looks like I get to keep expanding my collection.February 20, 2014 at 2:05 pm #93158
At least those size bits are not the most expensive. 🙂 Remember, you can always cut thin and move your guide a fraction to trim a little more until you get the fit you want.February 20, 2014 at 4:45 pm #93189
Lon I would definitely do that but I don’t have any really small straight bits I will for sure do this technique for large dados.December 28, 2014 at 8:34 pm #243007crotaluscoProwest bend, wi
i have PC, Freud, Bosch, Rockler and some generics. The name brands do well but the generics will work and are great for use on rough lumber.February 11, 2015 at 7:26 pm #271932crotaluscoProwest bend, wi
Are Infinity bits good to go? I have seen some in their catalog a few times I want just have not pulled the trigger. I am working on increasing my capabilities with the routerFebruary 11, 2015 at 7:32 pm #271935
I believe the Infinity bits and blades have received good reviews. When you look at them, I swear they are made by Whiteside. Here is a blurb from their website:
Infinity Tools is a worldwide distributor of high quality router bits and router bit sets with headquarters in Tampa, Florida. We offer a large assortment of premium quality router bits and router bit sets backed by a 100% quality guarantee, a knowledgeable customer service staff and same day shipping on in-stock router bits and router bit sets. We design and engineer premium quality router bits for the professional as well as the weekend woodworker. Infinity Tools is your direct source for over 2000 professional quality router bits and router bit sets that are in stock and ready to ship today. All of our router bits and router bit sets are guaranteed for life against defect and priced competitively.February 11, 2015 at 7:46 pm #271951stakerPro
I just got some whitesides in and still have to try them, hear a lot of good praises about them. Mostly have CMT I find them quite good. Soon to redeame for some bosch .February 11, 2015 at 8:33 pm #271995jponto07ModeratorBloomington, IN
I just got some whitesides in and still have to try them, hear a lot of good praises about them. Mostly have CMT I find them quite good. Soon to redeame for some bosch .
I have a bunch of Bosch and CMT bits. They both cut really well, but it seems like the CMT break more often. I’ve had two straight bits crack off the top ear of the cutting edge. One of the bits still looked new, the other was nearing the point of sharpening, but it still shouldn’t have broken like it did.February 11, 2015 at 9:00 pm #272012TopNotchProelmwood park, NJ
Looking forward to trying out the plywood bits from bosch so I can use in that dado jig. I havent heard anything yet, I have never redeemed anything yet so I hope I placed the request properly.
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