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MNgary

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02-11-2019 10:58 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question shaper cutter

I have been using Freud cutters but want to add some new shapes and am wondering how Amana compares to Freud. Or are there there other brands I should consider? I have a home workshop and do not do production runs.

Thanks.

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WoodenDreams

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#1 posted 02-12-2019 12:20 AM

I have mostly Freud and Whiteside bits. The Freud bits I have are made in Italy and China. The Whiteside bit are made in the USA. Family owned in North Carolina. High quality carbide bits https://www.whitesiderouterbits.com/collections/product-catalog

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#2 posted 02-12-2019 12:26 AM

Just to clarify thing . You said shaper cutters, not router bits. Is that correct

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#3 posted 02-12-2019 01:18 AM

Brazed carbide, insert carbide or steel knife head?

Ive had luck with amana heads, and cmt knives

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#4 posted 02-12-2019 04:07 AM

I normally go to Whiteside for bits to be used with shapers or router tables…. I didn’t think your looking for molding knives. I do have some 1/2” Shaper Cutter Arbors & Shaper Cutters in the Freud brand that I use on my router table. Grizzly has carbide tipped shaper cutters, and molding head knives. https://www.grizzly.com/shaper-cutters?page=12

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MNgary

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#5 posted 02-12-2019 05:47 PM

Thanks for the responses and questions. I am not looking for router bits, only carbide tipped shaper cutters. Also, I am not thinking of insert shaper cutters or molding head knifes.

I’m seeking profiles for, at this time, raised panel cabinet doors and stile & rail cutters and will check out Whiteside and Grizzly. It would be nice to have a generally accepted ranking from best quality to lesser quality and a list of never-buys.

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#6 posted 02-12-2019 05:57 PM

I’ve had pretty good luck with Freeborn panel cutters

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Jared_S

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#7 posted 02-12-2019 07:26 PM

3/4 or 1.25 spindle?

For raised panels on a small shaper its hard to beat the cost/performance/variety of the freud rp2000 head. For under $300 you get 4 different profiles and cut quality brazed carbide can’t provide.

Freeborn is as good as it gets for brazed carbide cope and stick cutters, however depending on your needs insert carbide or 40mm steel would be cheaper

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MNgary

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#8 posted 02-17-2019 06:35 PM

Have 2 Freeborn dealers within 5 miles of my house. Will visit both Monday.

Thanks.

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#9 posted 02-18-2019 08:15 AM


Have 2 Freeborn dealers within 5 miles of my house. Will visit both Monday.

Thanks.

- MNgary

I have some Freeborn style & rail cutters and a panel raiser. Freeborn is high quality if you asks me. No brainier if you can drive over and pick up what you want and in your budget. Some of my other cutters came from Felder (re-badge Leitz tooling at the time) Good stuff too.

A word of caution on insert tooling. I think it’s great stuff but for profile/counter profile setups like style & rail cutters the fit will be lousy unless the spindle on your shaper is perfect 90 degrees to the table in all directions. The braised set are adjustable so you get the fit you want ever if you spindle isn’t perfect.

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#10 posted 02-18-2019 02:16 PM

For my home shop, high use cutters I have freeborn, but for minimal use I have had no problems with Woodline.

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#11 posted 02-18-2019 02:29 PM

Roman Carbide is a division of Woodstock international. They are Chinese but they have a very wide variety. It is at least worth you time to visit romancarbide.com to get profile ideas.

I have bought several profiles for my Shop Fox shaper but I really don’t use the shaper cutters that much. In fact, I really use the machine most with a 1/2 inch router collet and large diameter router bits. I also have some Whiteside and Amana cutters and router bits. They appear to be better quality but I haven’t had any problems with any of my cutters and bits.

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