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Forum topic by spkwms posted 10-18-2019 10:17 PM 724 views 0 times favorited 28 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-18-2019 10:17 PM

Has anyone had experience with the carbide router bit sets that are listed on ebay? They are listed for approx. $20 per 15 bits. I am considering these for minimum use on small projects in a second shop I have. I would appreciate any feedback anyone has.

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#1 posted 10-18-2019 10:22 PM

If you have more than one shop it may be cheaper to transport the router bits from one place to the other.

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#2 posted 10-18-2019 10:53 PM

I have never ordered any router bits form Ebay, so I can’t help you there. I get most of mine from MLCS, and some from Whiteside. All are carbide, and MLCS usually has good prices on their bits.

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#3 posted 10-18-2019 10:54 PM

I agree with Rick I use MLCS bits and have no problems with them.

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#4 posted 10-18-2019 11:19 PM

I am considering these for minimum use on small projects in a second shop I have.

- spkwms

As long as they’re MINIMUM use go for it.
I’ve had a set of 40 for years and used bits out of it dozens of times, but typically only for short runs…10, 20 or 30 ft of something out of the ordinary, or matching an existing profile for a customer. Something quick that I’ll probably never use again and don’t want to spend 30 or 40 (or more) bucks on. Saved a lot of money over the years.
The carbide is thin.
The carbide is crap.
The sharpening is crap.
The bearings are crap.
But what more can you expect out of a router bit you paid a buck and a half for?
Don’t expect much and you won’t be disappointed.

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#5 posted 10-19-2019 12:20 AM

Caveat emptor ...

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#6 posted 10-19-2019 04:15 AM

20 bucks for 15 bits,well i usually pay that much or more depending on the the bit for 1,hey if you live in vegas and are a gambling man,go for it.just remember when your pissed off at the results,you get what you pay for!!!

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#7 posted 10-19-2019 07:17 AM

I think most “sets” have at least 1/2 the profiles that never get used at all. I go with buying bits as I need them, between Amazon, and other places the shipping is so fast a little advance planning doesn’t even cause for down time like it did in the past.

For uses, I agree with Tony’s thought. A bit for one time, 40 lineal feet, can be a cheeepie. For any bit where I plan to run it quite a bit, you are $$$$$ ahead to buy a good bit. The cheapies have almost no carbide, no chance to sharpen. Good bits, like Whiteside’s have good carbide you can sharpen several times, so overall cost to own, is actually cheaper than the cheep ones. Plus while you are using them, you’ll get better results.

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#8 posted 10-19-2019 08:48 AM

I buy bits as needed and get the good ones. I don’t have a large quantity of bits but they are good quality.

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#9 posted 10-19-2019 01:38 PM

cheap bits are also not always centered, or have their bearings threaded off-axis or at an angle, so can lead to excess vibration or burning

they’re great for making jigs out of scrap plywood or mdf, where the overall shape is more important than appearance, and they help preserve the edges for your good bits when you need high quality cuts on nice woods

once you mess up a couple of expensive bits on baltic birch or particle board, you’ll know…

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#10 posted 10-19-2019 01:51 PM

In my world cheap bits have their place for various tasks, but beware of potential failure modes like poorly brazed carbide or brittle shafts!

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#11 posted 10-20-2019 02:30 AM

When I started woodworking, my wife bought me a set of 50 Craftsman bits. After that I did use ebay to buy the inexpensive (cheap costing router bits). hard to beat the price of 99 cents or $1.99 each including free shipping out of China. Seemed to be the same quality as Craftsman or CMT bits. I have about 20 bits this way. Still have them, and doing a good job. The only hassle I’ve found was that it takes 25 to 60 days to receive it. I’ve switched to buying locally because I didn’t want to wait that long to get the bits ordered. I switched to Craftsman and CMT bits. about year and a half ago I Switched to higher quality, Whiteside and Freud bits. I now have well over 100 router bits, some are doubles of what I already had. All of the cheap bits from ebay, shipped from China are still sharp and still being used.

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#12 posted 10-20-2019 03:02 AM

I’ve got lots of name brand bits but started using Yonica bits found on Amazon. My first one was because I wanted a one use bit for a project. So I ordered these less expensive ones. I found out that they rivaled the bits that cost much more. The finish, sharpness, thickness of carbide, etc were amazing for the price.

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#13 posted 10-20-2019 07:10 AM

started using Yonica bits found on Amazon.
- Craftsman on the lake

I am doing cabinets in the shop, and I use the cheap Yonica’s to cut out the door openings. In the past I used to use the cheapest bit I could find, and most of them were 1/4” shanks. They also snapped in two faster than you can say, oh snap. I bought 10 of these Yonica's expecting breakage, and failure after not much use. What I have experienced is over 150 lineal foot of cutting, no breaks, and no failures. For the simple cheap bits I thought they were going to be, I’ve been impressed. I think I have a lifetime supply of this bit. :-)

I’m considering trying a different profile to see if it’s been a fluke. Was thinking of trying this one.

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#14 posted 10-20-2019 10:10 AM

I don’t buy the most expensive stuff but I’d never buy cheap router bits. 20000 rpm cutting edge isn’t something where I go with the lowest bidder….

-- Eric

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#15 posted 10-20-2019 12:12 PM

A small MLCS set were my first bits, and they’ve been ok. I’m not sure if they’re the same bits now, but they’ve been fine for cheap bits. After reading many positives on the Yonico bits, I gave a couple a try…they’re also pretty decent. Neither are Whiteside or Infinity caliber, but they’re fine for non-critical use.

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