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The Perfect Holiday Gift: 3,530 Router Bits

comments (16) November 23rd, 2010 in blogs

Tom Tom McKenna, Managing Editor
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You can save lots of money on your router bits if you buy in bulk.
Youll need to empty your piggy bank, clean out between your sofa cushions, and dive into your kids college fund to buy this mega-set of router bits.
You can save lots of money on your router bits if you buy in bulk. - CLICK TO ENLARGE

You can save lots of money on your router bits if you buy in bulk.

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Looking for the perfect gift for the woodworker on your holiday list? How about a lifetime's worth of router bits?

Carbide Processors, Inc., a tool distributor and maker, is now offering a mega set of bits--3,530 of them!--from Southeast Tools, the company that took Best Value in Fine Woodworking's most recent router bit test (FWW #191).

Regularly, the set would run you $254,044, but Carbide is offering a large discount that brings the total down to $179,999.


"Are you $%^&ing kidding me?"

It's no joke. Almost $200K for router bits. It breaks down to roughly $51 per bit, and the set does come with 2,000 lineal feet of steel shelving to hold the collection. Yes, but does it come with a barn to hold that shelving?

By the way, Carbide Processors is happy to put together a smaller, custom set for those who can't take on the second mortgage for the Donald Trump set.

posted in: blogs, Tools, router bits, carbide processors, southeast tool

Comments (16)

RalphBarker RalphBarker writes: I was thinking about buying a complete set for each of my three best friends, but I haven't heard from them in so long . . . ;-)
Posted: 7:38 pm on December 2nd

joe4liberty joe4liberty writes: Doesn't it figure, I log in on Dec. 1, and find out about a promotion that ended on November 30... Story of my life, day late and a dollar short...
as for the big set, one could always start a tool museum...

Posted: 7:35 pm on December 1st

bill117 bill117 writes: I told my wife wan't two sets. Next year I will ask for a router.
Posted: 10:47 pm on November 30th

traverse traverse writes: That's f%$&ing crazy.
Posted: 10:40 pm on November 30th

Carbidepros Carbidepros writes: We received an overwhelming response from everyone and we thank you all for participating in our promotion! We received between 200 and 300 emails and can't respond to everyone so those that sent us their shipping information will receive one. If you have any further inquiries regarding this promotion or Carbide Processors, please send all inquiries to

Thanks again!

Renee Douglass
eCommerce Manager
Carbide Processors
Posted: 4:43 pm on November 30th

adamsd5 adamsd5 writes: I got one of these sets for Christmas two years ago and almost always have the bit I need. Also, this might just be a rumor, but I think if you buy 10 or more sets, they'll throw in gift-wrapping for free.
Posted: 3:08 pm on November 30th

Bored_Cutter Bored_Cutter writes: If I could just bring myself to share these router bits in the shop with my wife and her projects, I could leverage the purchase.

Now where's my checkbook???


My wife has it.....
Posted: 2:17 pm on November 30th

jyang949 jyang949 writes: Shoot, I don't use all the tools I already have. That said, I would take the set in a flash, because I LOVE collecting tools. I would hang them up in the living room if my husband weren't so firmly sane.
Posted: 12:31 pm on November 30th

Carbidepros Carbidepros writes: Thank you everyone for your interest in our free router bit! We unfortunately have to close the promotion a few hours earlier than planned and as of now, it is closed. We had budgeted for 100 bits and we have exceeded that with this promotion. Don't worry, those of you who have already emailed us inquiring about your free bit, will get one. Thank you all again!
Posted: 11:23 am on November 30th

Tom Tom writes: Santa's elves can make a lot of toys with these bits...
Posted: 10:51 am on November 30th

GregoryPaolini GregoryPaolini writes: Santa,

Hey Santa!! Are you listening?!?!?!?

Posted: 6:41 am on November 30th

Carbidepros Carbidepros writes: Just a reminder that the current free Southeast Tool router bit promotion will end on the 30th of November.

Renee Douglass
eCommerce Manager
Carbide Processors
Posted: 6:16 pm on November 29th

Tom Tom writes: Thanks for the offer, Tom, but I can't accept gifts from mfgs.
Posted: 9:38 am on November 29th

Carbidepros Carbidepros writes: Thanks Tom! Be sure to send us an email at to receive your free Southeast Tool router bit! Have a great holiday!
Posted: 12:43 pm on November 24th

Tom Tom writes: Tom,
No reason to apologize. I thought the sale was interesting. Thanks for the clarifications.
Posted: 4:02 pm on November 23rd

Carbidepros Carbidepros writes: Our apologies that the press release wasn’t 100% clear.

To apologize we are giving away a free Southeast tool router bit to everyone who wants one. Email No obligation to get a 1/4”, 2 flute carbide tipped router bit free.

Our press release mistakenly gives the impression that Southeast router bits average $51 each. Southeast tools are generally a much better value than other, high quality bits. And Southeast Tools were rated excellent for both quality and value by Fine Woodworking magazine.

Besides router bits the sale also includes diamond tooling, collets, Precision Collet Sets, Collet Tool Holders, many large drill bits and drill bit sets, torque wrenches, tightening stands, drill sets, hundreds of spiral router bits and many other high dollar items.


Tom Walz

Renee Douglass
eCommerce Manager

Posted: 3:50 pm on November 23rd

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