Amana Bits

Been reading that Amana bits are the way to go for the long haul. Are they worth the investment? I mainly carve signs in MDF and PVC.


yes, they are great. but there are other cutters out there if you’re on a budget.

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Who do you recommend?

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JERRAY CNC Carving 4.82 Deg Tapered Angle Ball Tip Radius=0.5mm X 1/4" Shank Tungsten Solid Carbide HRC55 with TiAIN Coated Router Bits

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I love my Amana RC-45711 BUT i don’t have ANY other Amana bits, the rest are just too expensive over their competitors bits.
I use a lot of SpeTools bits, Shop Industrial Quality Carbide Router Bits & Sets | SpeTool

they are budget friendly and the value out weighs the slightly longer lifespan of a higher quality material that you’d find in Amana and Whiteside bits, when I can get 2 or 3 spetools bits for the price of the same Amana, do you really think the Amana is going to cut for 3 times longer than the Septool without getting dull?? It isn’t,… maybe 1.25-1.5 as long, maybe…
So the Amana doesn’t really make itself worth it EXCEPT for some bits where there is not a similar competitor bit, like those carbide insert ones, where when it comes time to replace them, it would cost $25 for a competitors bit, but is only $7 for a carbide insert and I can rotate it at least once to a fresh cutting edge… as opposed to throwing the standard bits away and buying new…

I have a number of Amana bits. Most are V bits with very specific angles to them. For other needs I have a lot of cheap Amazon bits and Freud bits from Home Depot. All seem to work, but some last more than others.

CNC bits with reputations for quality include Whiteside
and Cadence Manufacturing

I love my amana end mills (I have a lot of different ones). I’ve found they just last longer particularly in long sessions in rough wood which generates a lot of heat. their coating does keep things working better (they got much happier when I swapped the collet out with a precision collet which holds them more rigidly. I haven’t used them in PVC since that cuts so smoothly I just use the inventables black straight 2-flute but for woods where temps can get high, the amana coating lasts better and slides through more cleanly. They also have some interesting tapered mills.