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Forum topic by CharlesA posted 06-02-2016 02:14 PM 923 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-02-2016 02:14 PM

I always lean toward the cheapest workable solution. Almost all my tools are CL finds, for instance. I didn’t go bottom of the barrel for most of my router bits, but I didn’t spend a ton either. In the last three months I have purchased 3 Whiteside bits, straight 1/4” and 3/8” and a rabbeting bit set. I had purchased a cheap (in every way) rabbeting set because I didn’t think I’d use it much. Instead, the cheap rabbeting bit chewed up the frames I was working on.

I am stunned at how clean all three of these bits cut. I will buy Whiteside bits going forward.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#1 posted 06-02-2016 02:35 PM

I certainly agree with your decision. I have purchased and use the Whiteside bits. I have a 6 piece set of 1/2” shaft and 5 single 1/4” shaft speciality bits. All cut super and are somewhat cheaper than other Freud bits I also own.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#2 posted 06-02-2016 02:39 PM

I feel that Whiteside bits are the best available. I have been using them for about 10 years now and have replaced any other worn bits from other brands with Whiteside. Quality always is the best value in the long run.

-- Wood for projects is like a good Fart..."better when you cut it yourself" Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does

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#3 posted 06-02-2016 02:42 PM

I’ve only buy Whiteside router bits. They’ve proven to be the best and most economical over the long haul. Buy the best and it will last you a lifetime, buy the cheapest and buy it a 2nd, 3rd and 4th time!
A no brainer from my perspective.

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#4 posted 06-02-2016 03:14 PM

Whiteside is my favorite, whenever they make what I need, and I’ve been using them at least 20 years. I have yet to have a problem with any of them. They just always work really well.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#5 posted 06-02-2016 03:20 PM

White side is my first go to bits have been just well made.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#6 posted 06-02-2016 03:21 PM

We’ve been using Whiteside soild surfacing bits to do most all of our soild surface countertops with since the 90’s and have never had a failure with one.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#7 posted 06-02-2016 04:35 PM

I have had nothing but excellent results from the Whiteside bits I have used/

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#8 posted 06-02-2016 06:00 PM

Never been less than totally happy with my WS bits.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#9 posted 06-03-2016 05:14 AM

For most hobbyists, a good router bit will last a lifetime so long as they aren’t run hot. Carbide breaks down with heat.

I use Whiteside for router tables and handheld use but Vortex for the CNC.

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#10 posted 06-03-2016 01:27 PM

After recommendations here, I started using ws bits. Could not be happier. A definite upgrade for me.

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