Yonico Router Bits: Are They Good?

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Forum topic by LoyalAppleGeek posted 05-30-2016 01:52 AM 4100 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-30-2016 01:52 AM

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Greetings and salutations LumberJocks!

Just a quick question. The only router bit brand even remotely within my budget is Yonico, sold through Amazon. So far I’ve had good luck with them, but was wondering if anyone knows whether they are good enough to make the investment in several more.

Thank you again!

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#1 posted 05-30-2016 02:01 AM

Never heard of them, a Freud man.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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#2 posted 05-30-2016 02:06 AM

I love Freud for table saw blades, but I can purchase one blade and use it for most tasks, whereas I need at least 5 router bits. Buying multiples of Freud products is pretty cost prohibitive, which is why I’m limited to about 15 a bit for the router.

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#3 posted 05-30-2016 02:11 AM

I have a few Yonico bits that I’ve used for awhile. They have worked pretty well for me. YMMV

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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#4 posted 05-30-2016 02:20 AM

I love Freud for table saw blades, but I can but one blade and be done, whereas I need at least 5 router bits.

- LoyalAppleGeek

First use spell check, 2nd on TS blade 1 can be useful, but router bits have different profiles, so 1 is not enough. So what are you saying?

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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#5 posted 05-30-2016 11:08 AM

Cheap router bits are like playing with fire. I prefer top shelf bits most of the time…mainly Whiteside, Infinity, and Eagle America (made by Whiteside). For the times when lower cost bits make sense, I’d go with MLCS bits ….free shipping, family owned, well proven, good value.

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#6 posted 05-30-2016 11:30 AM

I’ve used their smaller spiral bits on my CNC, and they worked very well.
I probably have over $1500 in router bits, and I woudn’t hesitate to buy Yonico bits. Especially if it’s for something you won’t use often.

-- Gerry,

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#7 posted 05-30-2016 01:30 PM

I have a ‘large’ Yonico lock miter bit. Quality of the brazing looks fine and it works as advertised so far. Only indication of a ‘fault’ (though very minor) is a slight vibration, probably not much attention paid to balancing.

I’m a Whiteside bit guy so I’ll keep to the high end with bits I use a lot. I won’t hesitate to save a few 10’s of percent on the bigger, less used bits by going to alternative brands. Yonico isn’t on my no-fly-list yet!

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#9 posted 05-30-2016 04:26 PM

I bought a whole set of them last year and used a bunch of them for different moulding profiles. The only bit that I had an issue with was a 1/4” straight plywood bit that snapped. All the others work well and cut smooth.

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#10 posted 05-30-2016 05:47 PM

Thank you everyone! These answers have been really helpful, I’ve heard of 2 out of 3 of those brands, but never looked into them due to trying to keep prices low. I’ll chose family owned hands down if it’s a good product.

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#11 posted 05-31-2016 05:25 PM

I own a half dozen Yonico bits and also a half dozen Whiteside. I would say that both perform equally well in a home shop.

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#12 posted 05-31-2016 07:23 PM

I usually buy amana or whiteside. HOWEVER—-I needed a t-slot and the amana/whiteside were very expensive—(I needed to make a 10” t-slot) I wasn’t sure how much I would even use it- my purpose for buying it was for a very small job. I decided to get a yonico and it was very good. It was perfectly balanced, and I had no issues with using it.

I still buy amana or whiteside- but I would not hesitate if in the same situation- or if I couldn’t find the others, to buy another yonico. I dont know how they would hold up to daily use- but my suspicion is that they would do just fine. They seem to be very good quality and the carbide quality seems to be good. I will know more when its time to sharpen.

I can tell you that certain brands from big home stores are not good. I’ve had them out of balance, or very poor cuts-. That is why I buy the brands I do. Thanks

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#13 posted 05-31-2016 07:36 PM

I’ve had no issues with the Yonico bits I have.

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#14 posted 05-31-2016 08:58 PM

I will offer some advice I received from a woodcarver I met in Germany a couple of months ago. “You buy the best tool you can, it lasts you a lifetime, or you buy a cheap tool, you buy it several more times.”

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#15 posted 05-31-2016 10:18 PM

I got the Yonico 70-piece set as a gift last year, the bits perform well and seem to hold their edges well. I haven’t noticed any vibration issues.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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