I had a bit break mid carve last night. After grieving my loss for a few minutes, i grabbed by box of bits and looked around for another 1/8" down-cut bit (currently cutting ply). I had two, one i recently bought but have used a few times and one i bought well over a year ago and I’ve used TONS. I assumed that the newer bit would be in better shape but upon inspection the old bit is far sharper!
Now the old bit i have is a Whiteside bit and the newer one is a LMT-onsrud. Sometimes with some projects the best bit is the cheapest bit other time it pays to have a quality bit. Do people have a brand which they find outlasts the rest? I’ll probably be ordering another few Whteside bits now I’ve found a good source in the UK.
Being a novice I bought 10 of the smaller bits and 5 extra of other commonly used bits.
Its costly but I will be breaking more as time goes by. Just need to have the extra cash to keep buying them.
Consider this. If your not breaking them from time to time then your not learning.
Or your just not cutting at all. (Right now my system is off. Can’t cut anything as me and my roommate are redoing the garage to include a curtain and set up for evacuating the dust.)
I also buy inexpensive carbide bulk 1/8 inch bits from amazon. The lengths vary a bit on these, but the diameters have been dead-on. These bulk bits do have a fair lifetime, but the inexpensive cost means that I can easily toss a bit when I even think it is getting dull.