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167 of 172 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2007
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I've taught myself time and again not to buy cheap tools. But I could not resist the bargain of this complete set, especially after reading the glowing praise of others. For my first use of the set I needed a 3/8" round nose bit. It had a nice large nick in the blade. Then I took a look at the other round nose bits and every single one of them has nicks in the blades. Not nicks that you can barely see but large nicks that can easily be spotted. If you are doing a lot of non critical work and have a limited budget, then these bits may be ok. But if you take pride in your work and expect perfection in the results...then you might be better off getting professional grade bits. I ended up making a trip to the local Wood Craft store and getting the actual bits I needed. The cost is about 15x per bit and that is hard to swallow but the results I achieved with the quality bits are worth the extra cost to me. Maybe I will give this bit set to a beginning wood worker.
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96 of 100 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2006
I received my order witin two days of my order, excellent response time from the seller (I do live in a nearby city near Los Angeles). Note: the shipping is over $18 as they say the shipping weight is 12 lbs (it _is_ a heavy set). Still, it cost under $100 for 80 1/2 inch router bits! But are they any good... yes they are.

- I would give 5 stars for value.

- These bits are made in China (I whish I had known this).

- The overall quality of the bits is quite good, fine for everyday use. There is no documentation about the type of carbide however.

- The bit bodies are made from castings, which were then machined. The machining appears to be precise with no visible flaws, although a few bits had quite minor scratches on the shanks (not a problem).

- The brazing is fair - there are visible bubbles at the margins on some bits, probably not a big issue (-1 star for that).

- 44 of the bits have pilot bearings - these bearings appear to be fine.

- 4 straight bits are 3-wing, 2 flush trim are 3-wing, and the 4 slot cutters are three wing. I used the 1/4" 3-wing slot cutter in my router table, and the cut was very smooth.

- There is some minor duplication - two different 3/8" and 1/2" flush trim (that's fine with me). The range of sizes is very good in the different profiles.

- The paint finish if fine.

- The aluminum case is good (for the price). The labels for the bits need better adhesive - they fall off.

I got this set because I was tired of buying my bits piecemeal, and if they weren't the greatest, I wouldn't be out that much. However, now for the price of a few bits I have a very good, complete set, I am very happy with it. I just wish it wasn't made in China...
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2007
In general these are well performing bits. The broad selection of various bit functions is what makes this a good buy. If you are looking for a production bit which requires heavy usage you might want to purchase a higher quality bit. For having the broad choice of numerous sizes and configurations this is a good buy. I am pleased whith the bits and a very nice and well organized case. The labels are marginal but I don't need them for routing the work piece. Worth the money
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2008
I'm new to routing. My set arrived in fine condition-- case and bits. I've only used one of the straight bits to test my set up of my new Bosch router and Bosch router table. I think most of the other reviewer comments are valid. These bits are fine for occasional use, but not full professional, and the price reflects that just fine. My labels are not coming off as some reviewers suggested, but I ran a piece of transparent tape over them just in case. The metal case is light weight, but I expected nothing different for the price. The set does not have the true round-over bits as someone mentioned. It does have corner rounds with bearings. I might be able to remove a bearing to do round overs. I'll "practice" with this set, and if I get good and get into using good woods, I'll buy better bits of just those I really need. I would rate the set with more stars, but I think they could have done better with the assortment of bits, however I am not at all disappointed in the purchase-- it is great for just starting out. It's a very good deal if you know the limitations.

This is a follow up: After using many more of the bits, I think more highly of the set for the price. Eventually, I learn which bits I'll use most often (1/2 inch straight) and buy just one bit of higher quality-- but so far there has been no need. Smooth cuts but I don't force feed, and make multiple passes.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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I'm totally surprised and amazed. I initially bought this as a lark, thinking if I used each bit only once and then threw it out, I'd still be money ahead. These rugged and rigid (1/2") shank bits are incredible. The cuts are extremely accurate and true... as good as if not better than any "high" priced name brand I've used. I can't believe how its possible to produce these bits so cheaply. Now I can see whats fueling the Chinese robust economy.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2012
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After 4 years of owning them and some extensive work using them and other brands of bits, I carefully considered to give them a two star rating.

I am a hobbyist, but a prolific one. I built many things, from cigar boxes to furniture to cabinets. It all started 4+ years ago with a router and a table saw. And this was the first set of bits I bought. I bought is purely based on the price and the seemly positive ratings. I was thrilled to get all 80 bits at a small fraction of the cost of other brands, thinking this might be possibly the only set I will ever need. I was a novice at the time, and knew nothing about router bits and its materials. But I quickly learned. Out of the 80 bits, all 4 v-grove bits were ground with a wrong cutting angles (varying negative cutting angles). None of them will notch even the softest pine. But the other bits seems ok out of the box.

The bits I used the most are the edge forming bits and the straight bits. The edge forming bits holds their cutting edge ok for light hobby use. I've even used them to shape some hard wood, and worked out nicely. Keep in mind edge forming bits cut with major portion of the bits exposed in air. As a result they can cool efficiently and never get hot. Such is not the case with plunge bits. Of all the plunge bits in this set that I used, none of them lasted more than 20 linear feet of cutting. The carbide edge quickly wears out as it get hot. Most of the bits will give you clean cuts for the first 2 or 3 paths, and then you'll notice buring of the work piece. And after about 10 paths, there will be smoke. If you take a look at the bits, the edge feels rounded. It seems odd at first since I knew tungsten carbide is very hard and is resilient to high temperature. What I didn't know is that there are different grades of carbide. Good carbides are made with finer carbide particles sintered in a titanium cobalt alloy. Poor carbides are made with coarser carbide particles, and often recycled materials with high impurities. Those bits seem to be of the latter case.

As my skill level improved, I gradually moved away from these bits and purchase bits from Freud, Amana, and Magnate. Let me tell you, when you get the right stuff, a hobby becomes what it should be, something a person can enjoy alone in a garage shop. I can take on any hardwood with my Magnate or Freud bits, all weekend nonstop, and I knew as long as I did the right setup, I can count on these bits to do the job. I will never bet my prized rosewood on any of these Neiko bits. Yes they are cheap at first. But the lost in time and material will eventually negate that, not to mention the frustration of ruin a work piece that you already spent several days working on.

I'm not going to say "you get what you paid for..." as there are great deals out their that you do get more than you pay. But this is definitely not it. But it does give you some exposures to many different types of bits. I will consider them a good student's set for learning the basics of woodworking. But beyond that you will be much better off getting yourself acquainted with brands like Freud, Amana, Magnate, etc.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2008
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I have used these on solid surface materials, wood and aluminum, while not being anywhere near Amana, WKW etc quality they don't cost $45+ a pop either. When working on abrasive materials even the high priced cutters don't seem to last very long. My feeling is that these have about 1/3 the life of the high priced cutters but I haven't done a serious comparison. If you are a production shop this is NOT what you want. If you do lots of little jobs that require changing bits often anyway then these might save you some $.

There are a lot of redundant patterns here, mostly different forms of straight, but that is also what I need most often so that works ok for me. The way I look at it is that after you throw out most of the ones you actually use you can buy another set. With sharpening at $8 each it isn't worth getting them serviced, and after you rout off a couple of nails there isn't much left to service anyway.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2011
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I should have known better but good router bits cost more than a dollar. I tried a 1/2" straight bit on oak and it tore the wood like crazy. It was a bit of an implus buy and I appreciate Amazon's return policy. I think for very modest use they will be fine but for quality work, plan to spend a minimum of $10-$15 per bit.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2008
My order just arrived and I'm somewhat disappointed. The labels in the case are loose and I'll have to glue them in place so I won't constantly have to be guessing what each bit does. The quality of the bits is average, not great, not bad - average. However because of the cheap price the things I just mentioned are no big deal. What does seriously bother me is that with this large assortment I thought I would pretty much be getting all the bits I would ever need but they did not even include any simple round-over bits. Round-over bits are the most basic bits and there are none in this case. So in the end my advise would be this - if you are buying this large assortment of router bits thinking you probably won't have to buy anymore for your workshop, forget it. I've still got to go out and buy some round-over bits.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2012
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I tried 3 different router bits in this set only to find they were not cutting the timber cleanly. I could not sell them to anyone knowing how bad they are. Consequently I have scrapped all the bits and have just kept the case.
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