There’s a myth or debate whether to go for lesser known router bit brands like Yonico, instead of well known established brand like Freud, Whiteside. Later are considered to be the best router bit brand.
So, we have decided to do a quick review of Yonico router bits to bust the myth.
Read on to know what we came up with.
First let's check out the recommended bits...
Recommended Yonico Router Bits:
1. Yonico 17702 - 70 piece basic bit set.
2. Yonico 12335 - Raised panel cabinet door.
3. Yonico 14323 - Plywood dado bit set.
4. Yonico 15221 - Tounge & Groove.
5. Yonico 12249 - Rail & Stile.
What Should You Expect From Yonico Bits:
Best router bits for the money:
Yonico’s USP is their very affordable price. You simply can’t buy a bit of standard level of quality at the price of Yonico.
Decent quality cut -
Yonico router bits give you decent cuts, which are on par with Freud bits and not far off from Whiteside quality.
Marginal lasting time:
The real test comes for Yonico router bits when it’s examined for its durability.
Compared with Freud and Whiteside bits, it lagged behind. But, if you consider the price in which you are getting it and the duration of lasting its worth it.
Don’t expect absolute perfection:
Though the Yonico router bit gives you a decent cut, it doesn’t mean you will always get a smooth finish.
But, it’s not alarming. You may need to occasionally trim the edge, or use the sanders to get a perfect finish.
If you aren’t using that particular bit for shaping the wood in bulk it shouldn’t bother you.
Should I Go For Yonico Router Bits?
“Yes, you should” provided you meet one or more conditions in the following list.
Smaller wood shop or hobbyist:
Who doesn’t normally required their router and bits to work overtime.
You can go for it if you are using the bits less frequent compared to large wood shop or commercial woodworking plants.
One of project:
If you are looking for a router bit or bit set which you will only use for a certain project then go for it.
Working with Softer woods:
If you extensively work with softer woods it will be the best router bit for you.
Using Yonico’s bits for shaping hard wood will make them blunt quickly compared to soft wood.
For beginners who are trying to learn the bits or building a starter bit set.
Yonico bits are a great option for building a large inventory of profiles with extremely low investment.
- It gives you a cost effective option to test the bits and get to know the different types of router bits.
From there, you can replace the bits which you use most often with high-quality bits.
If you are on a budget and looking for a decent quality router bits.
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You can have a decent looking raised panel cabinet doors using Yonico 12335 router bit set.
This router bit set includes the following-
It shaped the wood quite smoothly while it was new, after using the bit for good time period it certainly lost its sharpness.
But it’s not to that point you feel disappointed especially considering the price you are getting the bit set.
If you are a professional cabinet door maker producing a bulk amount of doors, then it isn’t recommended you should go for high-quality Cabinet/Molding Door Bit Set.
The rail and stile bits will give you perfect cut, but you may need to test run on some spare woods and adjust the two bits to get the perfect shape, once the adjustment is done you are good to go for a long time.
Overall, it’s a good investment considering the quality of the cuts this Yonico bit set is providing and you will love the price.
As the name suggests, Yonico 15221 provides a tightly fitted tongue and groove joint which is ideal for use in wood flooring and shaker style panel doors.
This yonico router bit set provides good cut, you only need a small amount of glue to joint them.
But it’s not absolutely perfect, most of the time there’s some shaving left on the edge of the wood.
However, You can easily remove this by using a chisel and a sander.
Considering the fact that it saves you a good chunk of money it shouldn’t bother you to do that extra bit of easy work and spend the money on some other router accessories.
I would have liked a manual or some sort of guide that shows you how to get the best use of this bit set.
Taking all into account, this is one of the best router bit set for average DIY woodworker and workshop.
Yonico 14323 bit set comes with 3 undersized bits for cutting a dado on 3 of the most common size plywood.
These bits provide a good cut with less tear out on the plywood and it will be a good deal if you are looking to do an average amount of dado.
The bits are also well constructed with thick and strong carbide.
But, you need to be very careful of plywood thickness as these bits are undersized that leaves you very little room for error.
So in the end...
...of this review we will only recommend Yonico router bits to beginners and hobbyist. It's well worth your money.
If you are looking to do heavy works with this bit you will be disappointed.
Let us know what you have experienced with Yonico bits.