Harbor Freight has launched a new Hercules 5pc router bit set, model HA182-1 and SKU 58749.
The new Harbor Freight Hercules router bits are the first in this line, and feature carbide cutting edges. Harbor Freight says the bits deliver up to 3X longer life “compared to standard product.”
The 5pc set comes with 1/4″ round shank bits in the following styles and sizes:
- 1/4″ up spiral
- 1/2″ flush trim
- 3/8″ rabbeting
- 3/4″ mortising
- 1/2″ roundover
The set comes with a wood storage case.
Harbor Freight shows the new router bits being used with a Hercules-branded corded router that has not yet been released.
Harbor Freight describes their Hercules router bits as being “jobsite-tough.”
Harbor Freight encourages shoppers to compare this set to the Diablo’s DR89100 5pc set, although it doesn’t quite match up with what that Diablo set offers.
I wouldn’t consider the Hercules router bit set to compare with Diablo or Freud in terms of performance (who knows, it might), but the pricing seems fair.
If you’re not happy with the Hercules bits, keep in mind the 90-day 100% satisfaction guarantee Harbor Freight lists for this set on their website.
There aren’t a lot of name-brand 5pc router bit sets out there, at least not in the $25-100 price range.
To be honest, I’d be more inclined to trust Harbor Freight Hercules over the very many no-name router bit brands that have flooded online marketplaces in recent years.
The $50 pricing could be fair if these bits perform better than more economical router bits, such as by Ryobi or Skil. I don’t expect them to be as high performing or long-lasting as more premium brands such as Freud and Whiteside.