Carbide router bits contain carbide, a tough material meant to stand up to the high speeds and serious demands of woodworking professionals. It provides a each router bit with a longer lifespan, allowing for more return on one’s investment since it will last longer, provide greater convenience, and be less prone to damage.
Carbide router bits are less likely to crack than those that do not utilize carbide, and they are less likely to wear down and need to be replaced. The leading manufacturers of router bits make use of carbide in the production of their products specifically because their customers demand a high-quality router bit. While some router bits do not use carbide or include carbide caps, the more expensive, high-end examples of this product nearly always do. One example is the industry leader in router bits, Amana.
The Amana company boasts the use of carbide in all of its router bit lines. Out of all manufacturers, Amana was the first to subscribe to, follow, and meet the standard set by Holz BG German for quality and safety. The carbon alloy steel used by Amana for its router bits contains vanadium particles that improve the quality of the bits, add to their lifespan, and ensure they will be less prone to corrosion, cracking, or any other type of damage.
The leading carbide producers in Europe, Ceratizit, supply the carbide used in all Amana router bits, and the grinding is done via a CNC machine more advanced in its applications than those used by competitors. In the router bit market, it almost goes without saying that carbide router bits are the highest-quality router bits available.
Carbide is usually applied at the tip of the router bits - that is, the part that actually does the cutting - to ensure a clean, smooth, polished cut that avoids slipping and chattering that may destroy the material used to complete the job.
Carbide-tipped router bits are often sold in sets. Besides Amana, another company that makes carbide-tipped router bits is Skil, offering an 18-piece set of carbide router bits in a wooden storage case among other products. Skil claims similar quality to the industry leaders like Amana, but keeps the cost of its carbide-tipped router bits low. Many brands are available, and many sets with various router bits serving a number of functions are made with carbide for a long-lasting, quality router bit product.