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[Canadian Tire] Mastercraft Maximum router bit set $80, $190 off

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[Canadian Tire] Mastercraft Maximum router bit set $80, $190 off

Seems like a good discount on router bits.
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mobbie wrote:
Oct 24th, 2019 5:24 pm
Seems like a good discount on router bits.
don't pay attention to any CanadianTire discount, it just means they've inflated the regular price.

I was going to shit on this deal, but then I read there's a mix of 1/2" and 1/4" bits (I think there's 5 1/2" bits) so honestly it might not be too bad of a set *IF* you need any bits.
I bought a similar kit, and it's been ok, but the few individual Freud bits I've bought are significantly better imo
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You can easily start with something like this, then upgrade the bits you use most often to a top brand. I've still never used most of the bits in my 20yo set, but it was a great way to get into using a router and now I use certain bits all the time so slowly replacing with Freud etc. (Amazon is pretty reasonable for these). 1/2" shank definitely outperforms 1/4" in many applications if your router can handle it.
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A lot of poor reviews recently. Seems the quality had gone down. I might buy this if it was $30.
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I have a set from CT almost identical to this. I've also had the bearings fall right off while using one, resulting in damaging the wood edge.

Could be that I didn't use them correctly I suppose.
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Drizzt wrote:
Oct 24th, 2019 7:07 pm
I have a set from CT almost identical to this. I've also had the bearings fall right off while using one, resulting in damaging the wood edge.

Could be that I didn't use them correctly I suppose.
Same complaints from online viewers.
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I'm no expert in router bits but they're the maximum brand so they'll be decent enough quality and it has a 1 year product warranty if any bearings are shot/units defective. I'm a DIY'er so I'm sure even with the occasional use these will last many many years as Andrew stated. If they're going to break it's probably because of technique which probably wouldn't save a Freud bit. Freud router bits on amazon are also 25 to 40 bucks a piece or $300 for 13 bits... I'm sure they're higher quality but recommending them over these for anyone who isn't a carpenter I'm guessing isn't an accurate recommendation. The price comparison of 3 Freud bits vs 40 maximum bits seems like a pretty obvious no brainer. I do agree if you find yourself liking one particular bit and it breaks to go for the top of the line as a replacement.
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Here's a set from All in One Wood Tools for comparison to this CT set: http://www.allinonewood.com/?page=shop/x2008p2_1

In addition to the brands mentioned, the CMT bits that I've purchased from Amazon have been very good.
For lower priced decent bits you could also look at BusyBee.
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I got a flyer at my house for their "Big Fall Savings Event" Oct 24 to 31st, but oddly the price in the flyer is 69.97 (save $200) - 10$ cheaper.
I don't know why the website doesn't reflect that.

I bought their router for $100 (still in the box). I am considering this, but I might go for a smaller / cheaper set from Amazon as I don't think I'll
use more than a couple of bits

btw, the flyer also has a Skil angle grinder 4 1/2 in for $24.97 which seems a good price.
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Bought this set, used the 45 degree chamfer for some cherrywood drawer front. The bearing broke after running at most 50 linear feet. It could have blinded someone. I was using a router table, so the fragments fell toward the spinning blade.

The incident made nervous and resulted in the loss of a drawer front of fine 1 inch thick cherrywood :/

I still use most of the non bearing types.

Just a fair warning :)
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I'm new to router and router bits. I'd like to have a starter set to experiment with. Would you guys recommend this Max set or blue tornado set?

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