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Best Dust Collector 2018 Review and Comparisons

If you are in the market for a dust collector, you may be forgiven for thinking that they are all the same. Many dust collectors do have similarities, but at the same time, they can be slightly different. This can make choosing the right dust collector so much harder than it really should be. The goods news is we can help you: We have put together a list of 5 of what we think are the best dust collectors on the market, making your search so much easier. Take a look below for more information.


So, What are the products on offer?


At Number One...

WEN 3410

The WEN 3410 3-Speed Remote Controlled Air Filtration System comes with a 1/6 HP motor, a 26-foot remote control range, and a timer that could prove to be quite handy. With a modern black and orange finish, and 50 – 50 dB of noise, the WEN should not be too loud for you.

Manufacture:

WEN

Modal:

3410

Weight:

31 Pounds

Power:

1/6 HP Motor

Sold for approximately $130, and weighing 31 pounds, the 3410 measures 17 x 20.5 x 10 inches and comes with 5 micron our filters, mounting hooks and a handle, and three speeds for ease of use. With a reputation for being easy to mount, this unit could be exactly what you need.


At Number Two...

Jet DC-1100VX-CK

The Jet DC-1100VX-CK Dust Collector comes complete with a vortex cone that works to separate any chips, and a collector bag. Sold for approximately $853, and with industrial controls, the Jet is ideal for professional workshops and businesses. With collection bags that are easy to connect and a single stage design which ensures that the DC-110VX is quiet, this could be the dust collector for you.

Manufacture:

Jet

Modal:

DC-1100VX-CK

Weight:

109 Pounds

Power:

115/230 Volts

Measuring 37 x 22.5 x 39 inches, and weighing 109 pounds, this dust collector is a lot bigger and heavier than the previous model. Manufactured to collect 86% of 1 micron particles, and 98% of 2 micron particles, this is a dust collector that has been made to perform well. With a reputation for being very effective and easy to assemble, the Jet may be the product you have been looking for.


At Number Three...

Advanced Pure Air Newport 9000

The Advanced Pure Air Newport 9000 Air Purifier is sold for approximately $210 and comes with an air filtration system that works to filter out any unhygienic particles. With remote controls and a completely automatic system, this air purifier may not have been made to pick up workshop-related dust particles, but it may be ideal for the home, or for those times you want to work in your garage and keep the air clean.

Manufacture:

Advanced Pure Air

Modal:

AP-9000

Weight:

3.3 Pounds

Power:

N/A

Measuring 28 x 16 x 12.4 inches, and weighing just 20 pounds, the Advanced Pure is quite light. With the ability to help rid the home or small workplace of pet dander and odor, tobacco smoke, toxic gases, and more, this Newport 9000 has a reputation for being a reliable product that is very quiet


At Number Four...

SHOP FOX W1685

The SHOP FOX W1685 1.5 Horsepower 1,280 CFM Dust Collector Comes with a 5.4 cubic feet dust bag, an air suction capacity of approximately 1,280 CFM, and powder coated paint for a better finish. Sold for approximately $400, and with a single-phase motor that works at 3,450 RPM, this could be the dust collector you need.

Manufacture:

SHOP FOX

Modal:

W1685

Weight:

108 Pounds

Power:

3,450 RPM

With a 6-inch inlet and a steel impeller for better performance, the SHOP FOX measures 22.2 x 37 x 22.5 inches and weighs 108 pounds. Complete with a safety switch that means unauthorized use is less common, this could be the dust collector your workshop needs. With a reputation for working powerfully from the moment it’s switched on, the W1685 is well worth considering.


At Number Five...

Shop Fox W1826

The Shop Fox W1826 Wall Dust Collector has a thoroughly modern finish and is sold for approximately $227. With a 1 HP motor, and a window so users can see how full the dust bag is, this could be the ideal dust collector for you. The 2.5 micron bag comes with an impressive 2 cubic foot capacity, and the system itself measures 19.5 x 18 x 44 inches.

Manufacture:

Shop Fox

Modal:

W1826

Weight:

50.2 Pounds

Power:

240 Volts

Complete with a safety paddle switch, and weighing 50.2 pounds, this is not the heaviest dust collector we have seen, but it isn’t the lightest one either. With a reputation for being a reasonably good dust collector, this could be the ideal model for your workshop or garage.


Buying Guide…


Power

While many different collectors tend to offer different levels of power, it isn’t vital that you buy a dust collector that comes with a lot of power. This is because the more power a collector has, the harder it is likely to work. If you decide to opt for a collector that has a lot of power, it could be too powerful for a smaller work area. For small work areas, you should ideally opt for a dust collector that has less power than industrial ones. One of the most important aspects of a dust collector is what it can offer you in terms of price, weight, and performance. This is because if you can find a dust collector that is of a reasonably low price, isn’t too heavy to lift, and is known for performing well, you may have a very reliable dust collector on your hands.


Model

The model you that end up buying is likely to depend on a number of factors: How much you want to pay for your new dust collector, how often you’ll use it, and the size of the space that you work in

- Price

The amount of money you’ll pay could reflect the quality of your dust collector. If you choose to buy a cheap model, you should be aware that you’re not going to get a collector that is able to suck up all those particles.

However, some cheaper collectors will work reasonably well, but they may not get rid of enough particles, which could mean pet dander, dust from the work area, and some fumes may still be a slight problem

The more money you pay for your new dust collector the better it is likely to be. This is because it will be made out of stronger, tougher materials, and have the capacity to suck up all those bits of dust with relative ease.

If you decide to purchase a collector that has a mid-range price you could end up with one that is almost as good as some of the more expensive models but this is not always the case. Please make sure you do your research, and take a look at some customer reviews and comments so you know what the product’s reputation is like and if it is worth spending your money on it.

- How often you will use it

If you’re not going to use your dust collector every day you may not need to spend very much on it. This is because it is unlikely that you will need an industrial strength or size model.

However, if you plan to use it every day, you may want to spend a bit more money on it. A higher price often indicates a better purification or dust collection system, which could be perfect if you work with wood or other slightly messy materials.


Weight

Not a lot of people consider the weight of a dust collector before they buy one.  However, if you don’t consider the weight, you may buy a dust collector that is too heavy for your walls. Some dust collectors need to be placed up on a wall and out of reach of machinery and other equipment.

If you do decide to buy a heavy dust collector you think it may be more robust than some of the lighter ones, and while this may be the case, you might not be able to install it in place without hiring someone to do it. Please make sure that you know how heavy the dust collector is going to be. Not only could you end up putting it on a wall that turns out not to be strong enough to hold it in place, you don’t want the additional expense of hiring someone to put it in place, or build a stronger wall!


Questions We Are Frequently Asked…

How do dust collectors work?

A dust collector works by removing particles, dust, pet dander and more from the air, and from the environment too. They work on what is known as a ‘Capture, convey, and collect’ system.

Capture – The dust and the other particles need to be captured, and this is done by using capture hoods that suck the particles in from their source of origin, or in the air in the work space. Some pieces of machinery that kick up a lot of dust often have a port that allows you to attach a dust collection system to it, but not all dust collectors allow you to do this.

Conveyed – The ducting system can maintain an air velocity that keeps the dust close by so that the system can reach it. If the duct is not the right size or it’s not powerful enough to work in the environment, the system could become clogged.

Collected – Lastly, the dust and particles are collected, and they can pass through a filter, an impingement baffle, or a cyclonic separator,  but there are other dust collectors that use bag-houses, or precipitators. 

This is usually how dust collectors work, but they can differ between brands and models. If you would like a dust collector that works in a specific way, please do your research and find out how they work so you’re not disappointed when you start to set it up.


How much dust can they collect?

This ultimately depends on the brand that you buy, as many brands can differ in the amount of dust, particles, and dander etc. that they pick up. Please check each model before you buy them, so you understand how much they can pick up, and how well they may work for you. Some dust collectors will work more than others, so it’s incredibly important that you know how powerful they are.

Please note that some dust collectors are ideal for busy workshops, whereas others are ideal for use for a few hours at a time.

Once you have determined how powerful a dust collector is, you will need to make sure that it is powerful enough for you. We recommend that you should buy a dust collector that is able to collect a little more dust etc. than you currently need it to. This is because your needs may change over time, or you may find you have a large project to undertake that kicks up a lot of dust. Having said that, you should avoid buying a model that is just too powerful, as chances are it will use up a lot more power.


In Conclusion…

If you’re in need of a dust collector so you can keep your work area clean, you’re probably aware it’s not easy finding the right one for you. However, there are only a few dust collectors out there that may be exactly what you need. We hope we have made your search a little easier, so you are closer to working in an area where dust and particles are not a concern.

If you have any other questions or worries please contact us, or if you have any comments or improvements please leave a comment at the bottom of the page.

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Best Table Saw Blade 2018 Reviews and Comparisons

If you need to use a saw so you can cut a wide range of woods, you need to make sure that you have the right saw blade. It’s likely that the saw blade in question will need to be tough enough to cut through all types of wood, and strong enough to keep going for hours on end. Here is where we can come in and help; we have put together a list of the 5 best table saw blades, so that you are just that little bit closer to using the right blade for you. Take a look at the list below to see what’s available:

Product Reviews

The Diablo Freud D1040X 10-inch ATB General Purpose Saw Blade comes in a striking red color and 40 teeth, making it ideal for cutting lots of different types of wood. The stabilizer vents that have been laser cut will help to trap noise and vibration, thereby helping the blade to stay cool, while preventing it from warping.

Made from micro-grain titanium carbide, which makes the Diablo Freud a lot more durable, this blade is sold for approximately $30 and weighs 4.8 ounces. Measuring 10 x 10 x 0.4 inches, and ideal for use with table saws and table saws, the Diablo Freud D1040X has a reputation for being a great blade for general cutting and slicing through wood as if it was butter.

Pros

  • It is sold for a good price
  • Has a good reputation
Cons

  • It has a slightly rough cut on cherry wood

The Forrest WW10407125 Woodworker II 10-inch Kerf Saw Blade is sold for approximately $127, making it considerably more expensive than the Diablo Freud blade. With a 30-degree ATB tooth style, and the ability to save 1/8 inches on wood loss for every single cut, the Woodworker II helps to eliminate splintering on the bottom when making radial crosscuts.

Weighing 2.2 pounds, and measuring 11 x 11 x 1 inch, the blade leaves an incredibly smooth edge and an almost mark-free crosscut edge. Hand tensioned, and with C-4 carbide teeth, the Forrest WW10407125 feeds quite easily when it is used for crosscuts and moderate rips on a table saw. With a reputation for being a high-quality blade, this could be the right blade for you if you’re prepared to spend a lot of money.

Pros

  • It has high quality cuts
  • It leaves a smooth edge
Cons

  • It is very expencive

The DEWALT DW3106P5 60-Tooth Crosscutting General Purpose Saw Blade Pack comes with 2 blades and is sold for approximately $32. Made with tungsten carbide that makes the blades stronger, and a computer balanced plate to ensure there’s less vibration, users should find that these blades give them a better finish and improved accuracy.

Weighing 2.9 pounds, and measuring 14.5 x 11.4 x 0.6 inches, the DEWALT is a very thin blade that is ideal for use with table and table saws. 10 inches in diameter, and with an alternate top bevel, the blades have 60 teeth, and a reputation for being of good quality.

Pros

  • It's very low in price
  • It has two blades in one pack
Cons

  • Not ideal for detail

The IRWIN Tools Carbide Cordless Circular Saw Blade is an impressive-looking blade that comes with teeth that have been precision-ground, and a corrosion-resistant coating that has been added to help prevent rust. With 24 teeth, and ideal for deck jobs, ripping, and framing, the IRWIN blade is priced at approximately $8, and weighs 8.6 ounces. Measuring 8 x 9 x 1 inches, this particular blade has been made to offer a professional level of performance, at a much lower price., With the ability to produce accurate cuts, and a reputation for being a good blade, the IRWIN blade could give you the cut that you need for a lower price.

Pros

  • It's low in price
  • Has a good reputation
Cons

  • Can go dull quite quickly

The TWIN-TOWN 18-Tooth ATB Framing Ultra Thin Saw Blade is sold for approximately $9, and has a clean metallic finish and 18 teeth that give the blade a rugged look. High quality and specifically made to be as good as saw blades are in the industry, the TWIN-TOWN blade comes with stabilizer vents that help to trap noise while also working to reduce vibration, thereby keeping the blade cool, which in return reduces warping.

Measuring 6.7 x 6.5 x 0.4 inches, and weighing 3.5 ounces, this ultra-thin saw blade contains tungsten carbide, and the teeth come with a high level of resistance giving the blade a longer life.

Pros

  • It is very low in price
  • Has a very durable blade
Cons

  • It is quaite a small blade

Buying Guide

Type of blade

The type of blade you need will ultimately depend on the type of materials that you’ll be cutting. The blade that you ultimately buy will determine how deep the cut goes. You will need to take a look at your user manual for more information about the type of blade that you need to use. Chances are that your table saw would have come with a blade as standard, but if it hasn’t or it simply needs replacing, please make sure you only use the recommended type and size of blades.

If you use a blade that is the wrong size, or the wrong type, you could damage the blade, your table saw, and the quality of the cuts that you make may not be as good as you would have hoped.

Always use the type and size of blade that is recommended by the manufacturer, as the wrong blade could result in serious injury.

Slide action

Some table saw blades come with a slide action that allows you to cut very wide pieces of wood. If you need to use a slide action saw, you’ll need to make sure that the blade is suitable for this. If the blade you’re using is not suitable for use in a slide action saw, you will need to purchase an additional blade that is. The size of the correct blade and its specifications will tell you whether it is suitable for use in this type of saw. If you aim to cut very wide pieces of wood, you’ll need to use a big blade that has a large width that can be used in a sliding saw. Please take a look at the saw’s packaging for more information about the width of the blade.

Materials you want to cut

While different types of blade cut different materials, you may be interested to know that a table saw blade is capable of cutting hard and soft woods, including cherry wood. Table saw blades can also be used for cutting a wide range of other materials too such as sheet aluminum, sheet plastic, and sheet brass. This means that the blade you use will be more versatile than you may have realized, giving you the opportunity to use it for many different projects, meaning you could get a lot more done using just one table saw blade.

Question

How long will it last?

The life of each table saw blade will differ depending on what material you’re cutting, and how well the blade has been made. You can potentially extend the life of your blade if you keep it clean, and only use it with the right materials. Although table saw blades have predominantly been manufactured for use with wood, they can be used with other materials, however, very frequent use with other materials may cause the blade to go blunt a lot quicker than it otherwise would.

You may need to have your blade resharpened from time to time, and doing so could extend its life, which means you could have the same blade for up to 10 years.

Some blades are inevitably better quality than others, meaning some will last a year or two, and others could last 10 times as long. It all depends on how much money you’re willing to spend, and how often you use your saw. Please note that the better quality blades are usually a little more expensive than those of a lesser quality.

How do you attach your blade?

Attaching a blade to a table saw is not that difficult, but the methods you use can depend on the saw’s make and model. However, once you’ve changed one saw blade, you’ll know how to change blades on most other models out there.

To begin with, you need to ensure the saw is turned off. Then remove the blade guard, once you’ve done that stand in the same position that you would usually stand when you’re operating the table saw. Now use a wrench on an arbor nut and another one on the blade locking pin. Pull the wrench to that the nut is loosened. Now insert the blade, making sure it is perfectly straight, and tighten the arbor nut.

It is important that you read your users manual to make sure that you know how to replace the blade. Some makes and models differ in their replacement guide, so please follow the instructions, taking care to follow each step, making sure all nuts and bolts are tightened, and the guard is in place.

Should you buy cheap but often or expensive and long term?

Some table saw blades can be quite expensive and their price could prevent you from buying them, simply because they may seem too pricey. Some cheaper table saw blades are thought to be just as good as some of the more expensive ones, but some simply not as good. If you plan to be using your table saw a lot, you may want to think about buying a more expensive blade, as you could have the same one for many years.

If you’re not going to be using our table saw very often,  a cheaper blade may be ideal. Please make sure that you only ever use a blade that is thought to be compatible with your saw, as using the wrong type of blade could cause serious injury.

As we have already seen, some blades are inevitably better quality than others, meaning some will last a year or two, and others could last 10 times as long. It all depends on how much money you’re willing to spend, and how often you use your saw.

Should you buy the same brand as your Table Saw?

The manufacturers of your table saw are likely to state that you should only use the saw blades that they recommend. However, some cheaper saw blades could be compatible with your brand, although the quality of the cut may not be quite as good. If you need to use a blade that has a high quality cut, you may want to stick with using the same brand as your table saw. If you don’t need a high quality cut, a cheaper brand could work just as well. Please note that if an issue with your table saw arises while you're using a cheaper blade, your warranty may no longer be valid. It may, therefore, be wise to keep using the right branded table saws until your warranty expires.

Conclusion

By now you should have a much better idea about the type of table saw blade you need to buy. Think about what you need it for, how often you’re going to use it, and how much you are willing to pay for it. Use the above table saw blades as a guide so you’re that little bit closer to finding the right table saw blade.

If you have any other questions or worries please contact us, or if you have any comments or improvements please leave a comment at the bottom of the page.

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Best Miltre Saw Blade 2018 Reviews and Comparisons

Finding the right miter saw blade is not always that easy, particularly as there are so many different blades on the market right now. Some miter saws need to be used with very specific blades, whereas others can be used with a range of compatible blades. Regardless of what type of saw you have, you may struggle to find the right blade. However, we have made life a little easier for you and reviewed 5 of the very best blades so you can get that little bit closer to finding the right blade for the job. Take a look below for more information:

Product Reviews

The DEWALT DW72100PT saw blade has a 12-inch circumference and a pleasant black/yellow finish that buyers of DEWALT products will recognize. Sold for approximately $158, the blade has ultra-sharp edges that mean splintering is reduced dramatically. With a tough coat finish and dampening slots that help to reduce vibration, users should find that this blade is one of the best products on the market.

With a great reputation for giving an excellent cut, the blade weighs just 2.8 pounds, and measures 15.1 x 13.3 x 0.4 inches and comes with a coated finish that helps to reduce friction and heat. The laser-cut body allows users to achieve a very accurate cut, and the carbide teeth look as though they will cut through just about anything. If you are looking for a great quality saw blade that will make light work of your jobs, the DEWALT DW72100PT could be the right choice for you.

Pros

  • It has carbide teeth
  • Coated finish which reduces vibrations
Cons

  • It is the most expensive out of our choices

The DEWALT DW3106P5 is a much smaller blade than the previous model, but this does not mean that it is not a good quality product. Sold for approximately $32, the DW3106P5 comes with 10 inches of toughness, and 2 blades. Made with tough tungsten carbide, the blades will stay sharper for much longer than many other blades, and the thin kerf is there so you get a very smooth cutting action.

Ideal for use on slide miter saw and miter saw jobs, these blades have a reputation for not wearing down easily. Weighing 3.2 pounds in the box, and measuring 14.5 x 11.4 x 0.6 inches these blades can be used for cutting wood composites, plywood, and natural wood. With 60 teeth, and the ability to offer a precise and even finish, the DEWALT DW3106P5 are well worth considering.

Pros

  • It cuts wood composites, plywood, and natural wood
  • It is made of tough tungsten carbide
Cons

  • It is aimed at cutting woods

The Freud 12 Inch sliding miter saw blade comes with a nice red finish and is ideal for radial arm saws and miter blades, Sold for approximately $88, this blade has 72 teeth, and a negative hook which helps to minimize climbing, so you have better control. Allowing for a faster feed rate and ideal for use on laminate, crosscuts, plywood, chip board and rips wood, this blade has a good reputation for being a reliable blade.

The Perma-SHIELD coating has been added to protect against pitch build-up, corrosion, and gumming so that the blade lasts longer.  Weighing just 2.4 pounds, and measuring 11.8 x 12.3 x 0.7 inches, the Freud 12 inch blade has an anti-vibration design and has added carbide so its cutting edge is sharper. A good solid blade, suitable for a wide variety of jobs, the Freud 12 inch could be exactly what you need.

Pros

  • It has a negative hook helping to minimize climbing
  • Has anti-vibration design and has added carbide so its cutting edge is sharper
Cons

  • It is priced at the higher end of the price range

The Freud D12100X circular saw blade is ultra-fine, and is ideal for use on wood and wood composites. Sold for approximately $96, this blade has been manufactured for use with miter saws, and comes with a laser cut stabilizer, which helps to reduce vibration and noise whilst stabilizing the blade at the same time. Weighing 3 pounds, and measuring 1 x 14 x 16 inches, the Freud D12100X has a reputation for producing a professional finish and being ideal for occasional use.

The shear-face design allows for easily cuts with a lowered am draw, and helps to maximize performance while also producing less waste. With a 15-degree hook angle, this blade could be ideal for all of your jobs, whilst producing less noise and waste so you have a more enjoyable user experience.

Pros

  • It can change speeds from 2,000 RPM – 5,200 RPM
  • Has built-in torque limiter which works to prevent burnout
Cons

  • Needs a change of blade

The Makita A-93681 10 inch saw blade has a clean silver finish and is sold for approximately $30. With 80 carbide teeth and hand tensioned steel saw plates, this blade is thought to be ideal for use with plywood, hardwood, and softwood. Weighing just 1.7 pounds, and measuring 12 x 11.8 x 0.2 inches, this blade has a good reputation for being of excellent quality and offering a very smooth cut.

The carbide teeth have been honed and have up to 600 grit so there is a mirror finish. The hook angle is 5 degrees, and the thin kerf measures just 0.91 inches with a plate thickness of 0.71 inches. If you are in the market for a 10-inch blade, the Makita A-93681 could be exactly what you need.

Pros

  • It is priced at $30
  • Can be used on plywood, hardwood, and softwood
Cons

  • It isn't suited for metals

Buying guide

Slide action

Some saws come with a slide action that allows the user to cut very wide pieces of wood. If you are looking to use a slide, action saw, you would need to make sure that the blade is suitable for this. If the blade you are using is not suitable for use in a slide action saw, you will need to purchase one that is. The size of the (suitable) blade and its specifications will tell you whether it is suitable for use in this type of saw. If you plan to cut very wide pieces of wood, you will need to use a big blade that has a larger width that can be used in a sliding saw.

Size of blade

The type of blade that you buy will be determined by the type of material you wish to cut. The blade itself will also determine the depth of the cut. A blade that comes with a 30mm bore is ideal for use in a saw that has a 30mm bore. You will need to check your user manual for information about the blade diameters that you can use, so make sure you read up on this and only stick to using blades that are within the suggested minimum and maximum range.

When it comes to the diameter of the blade, you will need to make sure that you use the right size blade as per your saw. If you use a blade that is too large, you may end up damaging the guard that you have fitted, rendering it unsafe. Always use the recommended diameter so you are working safely and effectively.

Some miter saws come with an 8-inch blade, but others have a 10 or 12 inch blade. The size of the saw will depend on the job that you need to do. Some blades are multipurpose, which means they can cut more than one different type of material, but you will find there are also specific blades for use with specific materials. For example, some blades are made to be used with wood, others with aluminum, and others with steel. It is therefore important that you buy the right blade for the job. 

Questions

How long will it last?

The life of each miter saw blade would differ depending on what material you are cutting, and how well the blade has been made. You can potentially extend the life of your blade if you keep it clean, and only use it with the right materials. You may need to have your blade re-sharpened from time to time, and doing so could extend its life, meaning you could have the same blade for up to 10 years. Once your blade has been re-sharpened, wipe a little bit of oil onto the washers that touch the blade so that it stays lubricated. This will lengthen the blades life, and make cutting so much easier.

Some blades are inevitably better quality than others, meaning some will last a year or two, and others could last 10 times as long. It all depends on how much money you are willing to spend, and how often you use your saw.

How to attach a blade

Attaching a blade to a saw is not that difficult, but the methods you use can depend on the saw’s make and model. However, once you have changed one saw blade, you will know how to change blades on most other models out there.

To begin with, you need to ensure the saw is turned off. Then remove the blade guard by loosening the screw, once you have done that simply move the guard out of the way. Press the spindle lock so that the blade is secure, and then take an Allen wrench and use it to turn the bolt that holds the blade to the saw. Remove the outer washer and dispose of the blade carefully.

Read your user is manual to make sure that you know how to replace the blade. Some makes and models do differ in their replacement guide, so be sure to follow the instructions. Wipe a little bit of oil onto the washers that touch the blade so that it stays lubricated. Now take your new blade and install it so that the teeth are facing down. Put the outer washer back on, and tighten it. Now fasten the bolt with your Allen wrench so it is nice and tight. Now take a screwdriver and attach the blade guard. Your saw blade should now be ready to use.

Should you buy a cheap blade and often or expensive and long-term?

Some miter saw blades can be quite expensive and their price could ultimately prevent you from buying them. Some cheaper models are thought to be just as good as some of the more expensive ones, but some of them are not so great. If you plan to be, using your miter saw a lot, you may want to think about buying a more expensive blade, as you could have the same blade for up to 10 years.

If you are not planning to use your miter saw very often, then a cheaper blade may be ideal. Please make sure that you only ever use a blade that is thought to be compatible with your saw, as using the wrong type of blade could cause serious injury.

As we have already seen, some blades are inevitably better quality than others, meaning some will last a year or two, and others could last 10 times as long. It all depends on how much money you are willing to spend, and how often you use your saw.

Should you buy the same brand as your Miter Saw?

The manufacturers of your miter saw are likely to state that you should only use the saw blades that they recommend. However, some cheaper saw blades are likely to be compatible with your brand, although the quality of the cut may not be quite as good. If you need to use a blade that has a high quality cut, you may want to stick with using the same brand as your miter saw, however if you don’t need a high quality cut, a cheaper brand may work just as well. Please note that if an issue with your miter saw arises while you are using a cheaper blade, your warranty may no longer be valid. It may, therefore, be wise to keep using the right branded miter saws until your warranty expires.

Conclusion

By now, you should have a much better idea about the type of miter saw blade you wish to buy. Think about what you need it for, how often you are going to use it, and of course, how much you are willing to pay for it. Use the above blades as a guide so you are that little bit closer to finding the right miter saw blade for you.

If you have any other questions or worries please contact us, or if you have any comments or improvements please leave a comment at the bottom of the page.

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Best Faucet Water Filter 2018 Reviews and Comparisons

There are a lot of great water filters on the market, however, we have picked what we believe are the best filters for sale right now. We can help you to get your hands on a water filter that will give you clean, great-tasting water, at the flick of a switch.

If you would like to drink water straight from the faucet, attaching a water filter is quick, simple, and ideal. Cheaper than drinking bottled water while being more convenient, and environmentally friendly. you too could enjoy drinking freshly filtered water every single day. Take a look below for more information.

The Culligan FM-25 has advanced water filtration, that allows it to be placed on almost every faucet, meaning you can drink clearer, tastier water that’s been filtered. This water filter works to eliminate chlorine, atrazine, lindane, and sediment, so that the water tastes better, and doesn’t have an odor that puts some people off.

With a pleasant chrome finish that means the filter will not look out of place in almost any kitchen, the Culligan weighs just 1.4 pounds, meaning it’s unlikely to damage your faucet. Measuring 5.5 x 3.5 x 6.5 inches, the FM-25 is a nice size and will filter water so you can drink it right away, or cook with it if you wish.

Easy to install, and with no tools required, the water filter is thought to be capable of filtering 200 gallons of water, or for 2 months, whichever is sooner. Sold for approximately $23, and with the ability to give users the choice to use filtered or tap water at a flick of a switch, the Culligan FM-25 makes drinking a cup of filtered water very easy.

Pros
  • It is the smallest, lightest model
  • It has a 0.5 gpm flow rate at 60 psi
Cons
  • Is is not electronic

The PUR PFM800HX horizontal water filtration faucet mount comes in a pleasant chrome finish and has a very modern look. Sold for approximately $45, the PFM800HX costs almost twice as much as the Culligan water filter, but there is a good reason for this.

With added Bluetooth, this faucet water filter has the ability to track your usage via your cell phone, so you know when it needs replacing. The clear sensor monitor tells you when the filter needs to be changed, meaning you only ever use freshly filtered water.

With the ability to provide up to 100 gallons of clean water, the PUR PFM800HX doesn’t offer as much as the Culligan model does, but it does come with some great features. Reducing more than 70 contaminants in the water, and weighing just 1.1 pounds, this faucet water filter measures 7.3 x 3.2 x 7.7 inches, and really is something quite special.

Pros
  • Chrome with Bluetooth
  • It removes lead, mercury, pesticides and over 70 other contaminants
Cons
  • You have to change the filter every 2 to 3 months

The PUR FM-4100B vertical faucet water filter is thought to be the ultimate filtration system. With a clean gray finish and easy installation, the filter has a built-in life indicator helping users to keep track of how much water they have filtered, and how much they have left.

Providing up to 100 gallons of filtered water or two-three months worth, and costing approximately $32, users can enjoy freshly filtered water at the flick of a switch. Easy to install and suitable for use on almost any standard faucet, this filter weighs 1.3 pounds, and measures 3.2 x 7.8 x 7.2 inches.

Complete with adapters for internal and external thread faucets, the PUR FM-4100B can help to remove mercury and lead from your water, while reducing the amount of chlorine so that the water tastes and smells so much nicer.

Pros
  • Easy one-click installation
  • It removes lead, mercury, pesticides and over 70 other contaminants
Cons
  • It is a bit more balky that the 1st and 2nd designs 

The PUR PFM450S is a horizontal water filter, that comes in a stainless steel finish. Priced at approximately $45, this model is more expensive than the FM-4100B, but it comes with MAXION filter technology that makes this model stand out a little. The filter technology displays 3 different colors so that you roughly know how much life is left in the filter. Green means the filter is working, yellow indicates that it needs to be changed soon, and red tells you that the filter has reached the end of its life.

With the ability to remove 96% of mercury, and 99% of lead, 92% of specific pesticides, and other contaminants. This water filter is compatible with most standard faucets. The triple-action MineralClear filter has been made to reduce the presence of many contaminants while ensuring that the water still contains fluoride. With an easy-to-use filter switch that gives users clean water when they need it, and weighing just 1.1 pounds this filter means business. Measuring 7.3 x 3.2 x 7.7 inches, and with a good reputation, the PUR PFM450S water filter could be the right one for you.

Pros
  • Has a clean sensor monitor
  • It removes lead, mercury, pesticides and over 70 other contaminants
Cons
  • You have to change the filter every 2 to 3 months

The DuPont WFFM350XCH electric metered water filter is quite different from the other filters we have looked at. Priced at approximately $43, and with a smooth chrome finish, the DuPont requires 2 AA batteries because it has an electric filter meter that comes with a display showing you how much water you have filtered.

With the ability to filter up to 200 gallons of water, and with a water flow selector, this particular model seems to standout from the crowd. Working to remove asbestos, mercury, lead, turbidity, and many more contaminants, the WFFM350XCH weighs 12 ounces, and measures 7.8 x 6.4 x 2.9 inches, and comes with 2 faucet adapters, 2 washers, and a selector which allows you to turn the filtration system on and off when you need it.

Pros
  •  Has an electronic display
  • It reduces sediment, chlorine, cycts, lindane, benzene, asbestos, mercury and lead
Cons
  •  It is 7.8 x 6.4 x 2.9 inches in size

Buying guide

Materials

The materials present in a faucet water filter tend not to differ too much between makes and models, and they are usually comprised of:

Ion-exchange resin – The resin exchanges one type of ion for another, so that your water is as clean as it needs to be. When lead and other harmful ions are present in the water, the resin swaps these ions for healthier ones such as potassium and sodium.

Activated carbon – Also known as ‘Charcoal’, activated carbon is a porous material that is made up of nut shells, coconut husks, and wood. Carbon has the ability to absorb a wide range of odors, organic compounds, and colors, so that your water tastes and smells great.

Minerals – Some faucet water filters come with a layer or two of minerals that work to give the water a cleaner and fresher taste.

Electric or not

Electronic water filters can help you to determine how much life is left in the filter itself, but water filters that don’t have electronic capabilities can work just as well.

If you want to know how much more water can be filtered, feel free to purchase an electronic faucet water filter, but be prepared to pay a little bit more for it.

If you are a fan of gadgets and gizmos, you may wish to purchase a faucet water filter that has been Bluetooth enabled. This feature allows you to monitor how much life is left in the filter, via your cell phone. To do this you may have to download an app, and keep your Bluetooth on at all times, but that shouldn’t be an issue. Electronic filters can be very handy, however, if you’re happy to use a regular filter, you are likely to end up paying a little less for it.

Models

You may have noticed that there are a lot of different models available, and it’s quite likely that you’ve found it hard to choose the right model for you. Some models differ in terms of color, others may have to be installed vertically, while some need to be attached horizontally. For the most part, however, faucet water filters do tend to offer the same function: they filter contaminants out of the water to make it more drinkable.

Some faucet water filter models do tend to filter out more contaminants than others, and some even contain ion-exchanging resins so your water has a specific taste, but all filters make water that comes straight from your faucet a lot nicer to drink.

Different models also come with different prices, and it’s thought that the more expensive models can offer you a better quality of filtered water, but this is not always the case. Some slightly cheaper models are just as good as the more expensive ones, so you may not have to spend that little bit extra to get filtered water that tastes great.

Whether your new water filter comes with an electronic display, a flow selector, or Bluetooth capabilities, you can be sure that when you use a filter, water straight from your faucet will taste so much nicer.

Questions

Are faucet water filters worth it?

Faucet water filters help to remove pesticides, herbicides, chlorine, chlorine by-products, and pharmaceuticals from water. They also work to reduce bacteria, waste particles, lead, mercury, and other heavy metals that are often present in some old water pipes.

All of the above substances can cause the water to taste and smell odd, while also having a negative effect on your health. If you would like to drink water straight from the faucet, using a water filter will be worth it. Not only are they a lot cheaper than bottled water, but they’re also less harmful to the environment as well.

If you’re willing to pay approximately $23-$45 a month for a faucet water filter that will make water straight from the faucet drinkable, whilst working to reduce contaminants, in this respect, they are worth it.

How effective are faucet water filters?

Faucet water filters are very effective, as they remove many different contaminants, so that you can drink fresh filtered water, without having to buy an expensive water filter that’s kept in your refrigerator. Faucet water filters are known to be very effective, which is just one of the reasons why you see so many different types, brands, and models.

Most faucet water filters remove 96% of mercury, and 99% of lead, 92% of specific pesticides, and other contaminants. Others remove similar or a slightly lower percentage of lead and mercury, but they do remove them sufficiently so that the water you drink is clean, safe, and fresh-tasting.

What do faucet water filters remove?

As we have already seen, faucet water filters help to remove pesticides, herbicides, chlorine, chlorine by-products, and pharmaceuticals from water. They also work to reduce bacteria, waste particles, lead, mercury, and other heavy metals that are often present in some old water pipes.

While the environmental bodies work hard to control what goes into our water, sometimes contaminants do find their way into the water that we use. Whether it’s due to water coming into contact with lead pipes, pesticides, herbicides, and other substances, the water that comes out of our faucets is not as clean as it could be. Water filters can, therefore, make the water so much cleaner, because they work to remove all of those nasty contaminants that could prove to be quite harmful.

Once the contaminants have been removed/reduced, the water straight from your faucet should taste and smell so much better, making it a pleasure to drink.

How long do faucet water filters last?

Some water filters can last from 2 to 3 months, whereas others may last a little longer. If you tend to drink a lot of water, you may find that your faucet water filter doesn’t last as long as you may have thought.

Filters are usually capable of filtering 100-200 gallons of water, which is how much the average person drinks in a period of 1 to 3 months. Some water filters come with Bluetooth or another type of display that shows you how much life is left in the filter. These help you to determine how much water you can drink straight from the faucet before you need to replace your filter.

If you tend to drink a lot of water, it’s recommended that you choose a filter that can filter 200 gallons of water, as it will last you quite a long time. If you don’t drink a lot of water, opting for a model that filters just 100 gallons may be preferable, however, there is no reason why you shouldn’t purchase a faucet water filter that can filter twice as much.

Conclusion

The right faucet water filter for you will depend on your budget, and how often you drink water. There are a lot of different faucet water filters on the market right now, but we are confident that you will find the right water filter for you in the above list.

If you have any other questions or worries please contact us, or if you have any comments or improvements please leave a comment at the bottom of the page.​

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Best Drill Bits 2018 Reviews and Comparisons

If you are looking for a drill bit set, chances are you already know that there are a lot of different sets on the market. It’s not always easy finding the right drill bit set for the jobs you want to undertake, but we like to think we have made your search a little bit easier. Take a look at the five products that we have reviewed below; we believe these are the best drill bit sets on the market right now, and you may find your perfect drill bet set from the list below, so you can get your jobs done using the right tools.

Products Reviews

This kit includes:

  • 3/64
  • 5/64
  • 1/8
  • 5/32
  • 3/18
  • 15/64
  • 9/32
  • 5/16
  • 23/64
  • 1/2
  • 3/8
  • 21/64
  • 19/64
  • 1/4
  • 7/32
  • 9/64
  • 9/32
  • 1/16

The Mastercraft B00BSEZOVW titanium drill bit set comes with 230 pieces that range from 1/16” to ½ an inch. Ideal for use on plastics, fiber glass, metal and wood, this set is sold for approximately $55. With a heavy storage case included and thought to last up to six times longer than many other drill bits, this set has a good reputation for being reliable and worth the money.

The heavy storage case also comes with small compartments so you can store your drill bits with ease. Weighing 4.5 pounds, and measuring 11 x 2 x 9 inches, this titanium drill bit set includes 10 small bit spares, 4 bigger bits, and 3 or 4 of the larger bits, meaning you won’t need to replace a broken drill bit right away. Ideal for those who like to undertake a spot of DIY, the Mastercraft B00BSEZOVW titanium drill bit set could be the only set you’ll ever need.

Pros
  • Can be used for wood, metal, fiber glass and plastic
  • Includes a heavy duty case
Cons
  • They cant be used for concrete or masonry

This particular kit contains:

  • 6 Carbide Tipped Rotary Masonry Drill Bits: 1/8, 5/32, 11/64, 3/16, 7/32, 1/4"
  • 3 Drill Stops: 3/16, 5/16, 3/8 1
  • Allen Key
  • 3 Spade Bits: 1/2, 5/8, 3/4 5
  • Wood-boring Brad Point Drill Bits: 1/8, 3/16, 1/4, 5/16, 3/8
  • 11 Black Oxide High Speed Steel Drill Bits: [2] 1/16, [2] 5/64, 3/32, 1/8, 9/64", 5/32", 3/16, 1/4 18 2"
  • Power Bits: [2] P1, [5] P2, [2] P3, SL6-8, SL8-10, SL10-12, SQ1, [2] SQ2, Hex 5/32, Hex 7/64, 1
  • Stubby Screw Guide 48 1"
  • 9 Nuts Drivers: 5/32, [2] 3/16, 7/32, [2] 1/4, 9/32, 5/16, 3/8 (4-Nut drivers stored in case, 5-nut drivers
  • Insert Bits: [2] P1, [15] P2, [2] P3, SL3-4, SL6-8, [2] SL8-10, SL10-12, [2] SQ1, [5] SQ2, [2] SQ3, Hex 1/16, Hex 5/64, Hex 3/32, Hex 1/8, Hex 9/64, Hex 7/32", Hex 1/4, Hex 3/16, Hex 5/32, Hex 7/64

The Craftsman B00REHGEIO is a 100-piece drilling and driving set that is ideal for use on masonry, wood, and plastic. Sold for approximately $20, the Craftsman is a relatively cheap set, but this does not mean it isn’t up to scratch. Complete with a large red case, the drill and driver kit is easy to store, and your bits can be kept in order thanks to the small compartments that keep them in place.

Weighing just 3.2 pounds, and measuring 9 x 9 x 3 inches, this particular drill bit set is not one of the lightest and smallest sets on the market, but it’s not overly heavy, and should be a good addition to any tool kit. With a good reputation, this could be the right drill bit set for you if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a reliable kit.

Pros
  • Can be used for metal, wood, plastic and masonry 
  • Has 100 different drill bits
Cons
  •  It weighs 3.2 pounds

This set includes:

  • 34 1" Insert screw bits:
  • PH: 2x 0, 2x 1, 2x 2, 2x 3
  • PZ: 2x 0, 2x 1, 2x 2, 2x 3
  • SL: 3, 2x 5,7
  • T: 2x 10, 2x 15, 2x 20, 2x 25, 30, 40
  • H: 3, 2x 5, 6,15x 2"
  • PH: 0, 1, 2, 3
  • PZ: 0, 1, 2, 3
  • SL: 6, T: 10, 15, 20, 25
  • H: 5,6, 8x..
  • Nut Setters: 3/16, 2x 1/4, 9/32, 5/16, 11/32, 3/8, 7/16
  • 1 Countersink
  • Rotary Masonry Bits: 2x 1/8, 2x 5/32, 2x 3/16, 2x 1/4, 2x 5/16, 3/8
  • 1 Ratchet screwdriver
  • 1 25-1/2" Magnetic extension pen
  • 30x Titanium Drill Bits: 2x 1/16, 7/64, 2x 1/8, 9/64, 2x 5/32, 2x 3/16, 1/4
  • Brad Point Bits:1/8, 2x 3/16, 2x 1/4 , 2x 5/16, 3/"
  • 1 Bit holder

The Bosch MS4091 is sold for approximately $50, and comes with 91 pieces and a good reputation for being a sturdy set that will let you get a lot of jobs done. Complete with a tough case, the set only weighs 1.5 pounds, which means it is incredibly light, but this does not mean it’s unable to do the job properly.

Weighing 1.5 pounds, and measuring 12.5 x 9.2 x 2.8 inches, this light but well-built drill bit set could be exactly what you need.

Pros
  • It allows plenty of storage
  • It is equipped with built in locking system
Cons
  • It can become very heavy
  • It is not easily maneuvered

The Black & Decker BDA91109 drill bit set comes with 109 pieces, making it one of the largest sets on the market. Sold for approximately $18, it is quite cheap, and this may be because it does not come with a drill or driver, but that doesn’t mean it’s not useful.

Suitable for use with metal, masonry, wood, and plastic the drill bit set also comes with a storage case, making the set completely portable. Measuring 12 x 2.5 x 8.5 inches, and weighing 3 pounds, the storage case is quite tough, and the set includes:

a variety of 1 inch and 2 inch screw driving bits and a variety of drill bits

With a good reputation for being a reliable bit of kit, and great for the price, the Black & Decker BDA91109 is ideal if you’re new to DIY, and you don’t want to spend too much money on a drill bit set.

Pros
  • It allows plenty of storage
  • It is equipped with built in locking system
Cons
  • It can become very heavy
  • It is not easily maneuvered

This set includes:

  • 1/4
  • 17/64
  • 1/16
  • 6/64
  • 3/32
  • 7/64
  • 1/8
  • 2/64
  • 5/32
  • 11/64
  • 13/32
  • 25/64
  • 3/16
  • 13/64
  • 7/32
  • 15/64
  • 23/64
  • 11/32
  • 21/64
  • 5/16
  • 19/64
  • 9/32
  • 1/2
  • 3/64
  • 16/32
  • 28/64
  • 27/64
  • 1/16
  • 3/8

The Drill America DWD29J-CO-PC Qualtech 29 piece drill bit set is smaller than the other sets that we have reviewed, but it does have an outstanding reputation. Sold for approximately $85, this set is a lot more expensive than some, but it does come with some very high quality drill bits that come with a gold oxide finish that gives the bits more wear resistance.

Ideal for drilling very hard materials, this drill bit set weighs just 2.20 pounds, and comes with a cylindrical drill bit carrying case, and a belt hook so it can travel with you, wherever you go. With an impressive reputation, and ideal for those tough jobs, if you’re willing to spend more money to get a drill bit set that is reliable, this could be the one for you.

Pros
  • It allows plenty of storage
  • It is equipped with built in locking system
Cons
  • It can become very heavy
  • It is not easily maneuvered

Buying guide

Shapes

There are usually quite a few different shaped drill bits in the drill bit sets that you find adorning hardware stores and websites. The different shapes and their purposes are: Twist bits – also known as a ‘Morse bit’ these are the most common bits, and they have been designed to help you drill metal, but they can also be used for drilling many different types of materials too Hole saw bits – these include a circular saw ring and a twist bit, the teeth on this type of bit has been made to cut smooth holes. Countersink bits – these bits create a pocket that screw heads can be placed in. Split point bit – These are also designed for drilling metal, and although they are very similar to twist bits, they come with a split point to help you keep your center when drilling. Auger bits – auger bits create rough, long holes in wood, and they are commonly used to drill through framing studs Brad point bit – these bits are used in woodworking, and they have isolated cutting edges which help them to create a smooth hole. Paddle or spade bits – these bits are used to drill holes in wood

Sizes

The size of the drill bit will depend on the job you need to do. Different jobs will require different sized drill bits. Ideally you should pick a drill bit that will fit nicely into your drill, but you also need to make sure you use a bit that does not slip when you’re driving a screw. The process of choosing a drill bit is usually trial and error, but after a while you will get used to knowing which bit is ideal for the job in hand. If the drill bit you have selected moves when you’re turning a screw, opt for a larger bit instead.

Materials

Drill bits are typically made from a range of metals, and each metal has been used as it comes with a unique advantage. Some of the materials that are used are: Low carbon steel – this is quite cheap to make, but it often needs sharpening, and is ideal for use on soft plastics and wood. Cobalt steel alloy – has longevity and high performance, ideal for use with metals. High carbon steel – this loses its temper and the cutting edge if it gets too hot. High carbon steel is ideal for use on wood and metal. High speed steel – used in the production industry because of its ability to keep its temper. Ideal for use on ceramics, wood, and metal. Titanium and a mixture of ceramic coatings – allows softer bits to perform better. Ideal for use with tough materials. Tungsten carbide, and carbide tipped – The strongest bits, costly, but highly effective. Ideal for use on most materials, including stone.

Questions

What are the different shapes?

The different shaped drill bits allow you to carry out different jobs. For example, a slotted screw will need a slotted drive bit so that it can be put in place. A square screw will need to be drilled in place with a square drill bit, and so on.

Spade drill bits are ideal for drilling holes in wood. Working quickly and effectively, the spade drill bits in your set can splinter the exit and entry, but they are ideal for cutting into wood and are a great addition to any drill bit set.

When using a drill bit, please make sure that you use the right size and shape for the job. When you first start drilling, you may be unsure as to which drill bit you should use, but you will get used to it after a while.

What material should I go for?

As we have already seen, drill bits usually comprise of a wide range of metals. Ideally, you would use a tungsten carbide, or a carbide tipped drill bit, but they can be quite expensive. If you cannot afford to buy a tungsten carbide, or a carbide tipped drill bit set, you may have to opt for a cheaper set that may not be quite as strong.

If you are new to the world of DIY, it would not be wise to splash out on an expensive drill bit set. Instead, you should opt for a cheaper set such as the Black & Decker BDA91109, that is a good ‘Starter’ kit. Kits such as these will help you make your first steps in the world of DIY, while you’re still using some fairly soft materials. The more experienced you become, the more likely it is that you will want to opt for more expensive and tougher drill bit sets, as you will have more of an idea as to what works for you, and what doesn’t.

What is the difference in shanks?

The difference in shanks (The part of the drill bit that you insert into the drill) is related to its length. Some shanks are long and ideal for creating long holes, whereas others are much shorter, and therefore ideal when you want to drill a small hole. The shanks need to be a specific length so they can be secured in the drill, but they also allow you to drill as deep as you wish.

Conclusion

Finding the right drill bit set is not always easy, but we are sure that you can find the right drill bit set from the list of 5 sets that you can find above. Think about the jobs that you need to carry out, and determine which drill bit set is the right one for you.

​If you have any other questions or worries please contact us, or if you have any comments or improvements please leave a comment at the bottom of the page.

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Best Router Bits 2018 Reviews and Comparisons

Finding the right bit for the job is crucial. Your whole task depends on it. Making a mistake in your chose will affect the outcome of your job and potently seriously harm it. This is why we have decided to put together a few options of router bit sets so you will always have the right bit for the task ahead.

Product reviews

Router bit types and sizes:
  • Core Box 1/8"R, 1/4"R
  • V Grooving 1/2"
  • Round Nose 1/4"R
  • Mortising 1/2"
  • Dovetail 1/2, 1/4"
  • Straight 1/8", 1/4", 3/98", 1/2", 3/4"
  • Panel Pilot 1/4"
  • Flush Trim 3/8" 1/2", 3/8" 1", 1/2" 1/2", 1/2" 1", 3/4" 1"
  • Chamfer 1/2"
  • Cove 1/4R, 3/8"R
  • Rabbeting 1/4", 5/16", 3/8"
  • Classical Cove 5/16"R
  • Mave Edge 3/16"R
  • Beading 1/2"R
  • Double Roman 3/16"R, 1/4"R
  • Roman Ogee 5/32"R, 1/4"C
  • Rounder Over 1/4"R, 3/8"R, 1/2"R

This router bit set has a 4.5 out of 5 stars rating. It is the new shank ¼ bits. There are 35 peace in the kit and they are made by EDMBG. They are made with a carbide tip so will last longer with less maintenance. It also includes a custom made aluminium carrying case with a handle. Providing a place to keep you bits and do not need to worry that they will get lost.

Pros
  • It is a carbide tipped
  • It comes in a custom-made aluminium case
Cons
  • It doesn’t deliver to all country’s

Router bit types and sizes:

  • Keyhole 3/8”, 1/2"
  • Dado 5/8”, 1/2” 3/4”
  • Slotting 3/8”, 1/4”, 1/2” (depth)
  • Beading 3/8”R, 1/8”R, 1/4”R
  • Chamfer 15, 22.5, 30, 45 (degrees)
  • Dovetail 1/4” 7.5, 3/8” 9, 1/2” 14, 5/8” 14, 3/4”
  • Profile Groove bowl, chamfer, point round over, flat round over, classical roman ogee
  • V-Groove 90, 90, 90, 60, 60 (degrees)
  • Standard trim 1/2”, 3/8”, 1/2”, 3/8”
  • Bevel Trim 30 (degrees)
  • Panel Pilot Trim 1”
  • Standard Length Core Box 1/2”, 3/8”, 1/4”
  • Long Reach Core Box 1/4”, 3/8”, 1/2”
  • Cove 1/8”R, 3/16”R, 1/4”R, 5/16”R, 3/8”R, 1/2”R
  • Round Over 1/8”R, 3/16”R, 1/4”R, 5/16”R, 3/8”R, 1/2”R
  • Double Round Over x1
  • Classical roman Ogee x1
  • Roman Ogee 1/4”R 5/32"R
  • Ogee Fillet x1
  • French Provincial x1
  • Classical Cove x1
  • Standard Straight 3/4”, 3/8”, 1/2”, 3/8”, 1/4”, 7/32”
  • Straight Bottom Cleaning 1”
  • Straight Undersized Plywood 31/64”, 23/32”

The Yonico 17702 is a 70-bit kit. It has ½-inch shank and is rated 4 out of 5 in its consumer reviews. With the carbide tip, this product will last longer and will not have to be sharpened as much. In addition, it has been fitted in a custom wooden box, and also has carved form to give your bits the ultimate protection.

Pros
  • You have a large range and verity of bits
  • It is Carbide tipped 1/2” shanks
Cons
  • It is slightly more expensive than our top option.

Router bit types and sizes:

  • Slotting 1/4”, 3/8”, 1/2”
  • Roman Ogee 1/4”R, 1/8”R
  • Classical Cove 5/16”
  • Double Ogee 3/16”R
  • Double Round-Over 5/32”R
  • Chamfer 15, 22.5, 30, 45 (degrees)
  • French Baroque x1 – Ogee Flute 3/16”R
  • Corner Bead 3/16”R, 1/8”R
  • Triple Bead 1/8”R
  • Cove 1/2”R, 3/8”R 5/16”R, 1/4”R, 3/16”R, 1/8”R
  • Double Roman Ogee Groove x1
  • Cove Groove x1
  • Bowl & Tray 1/4”R
  • 1/4” T-Track 3/8”, 1/2”
  • Round-Over 1/2”R, 3/8”R, 5/15”R, 1/4”R, 3/16”R, 1/18”R
  • Bevel Trim 25 (degrees)
  • 3/4” Mortising with Gullet 3/4”, 5/8”, 1/2”
  • Flat Bottom V-Groove x1
  • V-Groove 90, 90, 90, 60, 60
  • Round Nose 1/4” 5/16”, 3/8” 1/2”, 1/2” 5/8”
  • Dovetail 1/4” 7.5, 3/8” 9, 1/2 14, 5/8” 14, 3/4” 14
  • Core Box 1/4”, 3/8”, 1/2”
  • Mortising 1” 5/8”
  • Straight 1/4” 1/2”, 3/8” 1”, 31/64” 3/4”, 1/2” 1”, 5/8” 3/4”, 23/34” 3/4”, 7/34” 3/4”, 3/4” 3/4"
  • Flush Trim 1/2”, 1”, 1/2”, 1”
  • Panel Trim x1
  • Point-Cut Round Over Groove x1

The Yonico 17702Q is very similar to the 17702. It has a 4.5 star rating for the consumers and is followed up with a lifetime warranty and satisfaction guaranty. One of the differences and what it below the 17702 make is that it only has 1/4-inch shank however is also has carbide tips.

Pros
  • It comes with lifetime warranty
  • All the pieces are labelled
Cons
  • It does not have stiff secure holders so cannot be bashed about
Router bit types and sizes:
  • Straight 3/16", 1/4", 1/2", 3/4"
  • Round Over 3/8"
  • Cove 1/2"
  • Roman Ogee 5/32"
  • Chamfer 45 (degrees)
  • Flush Trim 1/2"
  • Rabbeting 3/8"
  • Dovetail 1/2" 14 (degree)
  • V-Groove 3/8"
  • Hinge Mortising 1/2"
  • Panel Pilot 1/4"
  • Round Nose 1/4"

MLCS 6077 is a wood working router kit. It is a 15-piece set, is a 1/4 inch shank, and is carbon tipped. Is has a wood storage box included so you can manoeuvre your bits about without worrying about damaging or losing them. It also includes one Allen wrench and one bearing.

Pros
  • Comes with 3 year guarantee
  • It includes a wood case
Cons
  • It Only includes 15 pieces
Router bit types and sizes:
  • Mortising 1/2''
  • Combination Bevel 1/2''
  • Groove x1
  • Round Nose 3/8'', 1/2''
  • Trimming 3/8''
  • 1/4'' Panel Pilot
  • Straight 1/4'', 3/8'', 1/2'' 3/4''
  • Flush Trim 1/2''
  • Radius Round Over 1/8'', 3/16'', 1/4'', 3/8''
  • Cove 1/4'', 3/8''
  • Chamfer 1/2''
  • Roman Ogee 1/4''
  • Slot Cutter 1/4''
  • Rabbeting 1/2''
  • Dovetail 1/2'', 14.25''
  • Shanks Fit All Routers 1/4''

This is a Stalwart multi-purpose router bit set. At our lowest price, yet it has 24 pieces and is carbide tipped. It has a case to come with it and all the bits in the case have slots, are label, and have a diagram of the cut.

Pros
  • Comes with a shank that fits all routers
  • All the slots are labelled
Cons

I does not come with warranty

Buying guide

There are three, different materials that you can go for. The material you choose will influence how many times you sharpen your bit or even have to replace your bit. Therefor you should choose wisely. The materials are: High Speed Steel, Carbide Tipped, and Solid Carbide.

High Speed Steel bits are frequently the least expense of the three. However, there is a cost for going cheap. The High Speed Steel would manage soft woods and plastics but would find it harder with harder more dense materials. It also will dull much faster that the carbide ones, so you will spend a lot of your time sharpening them up.

The Carbide Tipped router bits go up in price compared to the High Speed Steel in the middle of the two. However, you do gain a lot from the extra money. The Carbon tip gives the bit more protection from dulling, therefore will last longer without sharpening and you would be able to tackle much harder materials and surfaces, making it worth your while.

The solid carbide is the most expensive option and are not meant for just anyone. The Solid Carbide router bits are immensely strong and long lasting. They are more meant for specific applications that have a very high level of detail, and where the other types of bits would not have as high performance. You may want to choose the solid carbide bits for work on mortising, laminate trimming, or pattern cutting.

Questions

How to change router bits?

First thing you have to do is remove the base of your router. That will reveal where the router bit is held in the router. Once you have do that you need to loosen the collet, which is where the router bit should be and simply remove the router bit from its position. Then you are free to get your other router part and place it in its place. Now this is important, you do not want to tighten the collet fully with the bit in the collet. For these reasons, one is that the collet pulls slightly down on bit resulting in that if the bit is pushed up right against the bottom of the collet it will have nowhere to go so the collet will not be able to securely hold in place the bit. Secondly, if you look closely at your bit you will see that at the top of the shaft where it meets the cutting head, there is a taper if that happens to be touching the collet it will grip onto it and could shake loose resulting in that the bit again will be unsecure and could result in an accident. Therefore, what I do is I place it in completely but before tightening lift is up about half to two quarter of an inch allowing there to be a bit of room but still keeping it securely in place. Finally, you are ready to tighten the bit into place, so you start with the bottom nut, then move onto the collet and lastly tighten the top nut. Then you are ready to get going!

How sharpen router bits?

Every router bit will need sharpening in its lifetime; even if you have a high quality, carbide cannot be expected to hold its edge forever. Therefore, this will tell you the easiest way of doing it.

Sharpening router bits are much easier than many people think. You do not need an expensive complex powerful piece of machinery. All you need is a couple of diamond paddles. You are only going to use the face of them so you do not need to know some fancy finger skills. It is reasonably important that you sharpen uniformly as you want to make sue the edge is balanced to get a clean smooth cut. You can do this by doing 5 to 10 strokes on one then moving on to the next edge, and carrying on this prose until you are satisfied with the sharpness. To do this process, lay the diamond paddle on the flat surface of the flute, and hold it lightly so you can make sure it stays flat, you can start. Preferably, you should do this on a workbench to stay safe.

Conclusion

Hopefully you have found what you are looking for or that you have grasped a better sense of the products that are out there. There are so many different options out there and this site aims to narrow that search down to a minimum, making your life a lot easier

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