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post #1 of 9 Old 08-06-2015, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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Router bit set purchase

I'm looking to buy a router bit set, and there seems to be a vast variety of brands and prices. I have a budget, and can't afford the really pricey ones, tho I understand you get what you pay for. But right now I'm a hobbyist, hoping to get good enough to sell a few pieces.

My router is a (dont't laugh} a HF mini router that cost 29.00. It's been a good router, and at present fits my needs, tho in the future I'll get a router table combo. While I've been happy with the router, the HF bits stink.

I'm looking at this set from amazon. Any comments?
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post #2 of 9 Old 08-06-2015, 09:10 AM
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Not bad, But I would go with 1/2 " shanks if yo have the right collet. Also, I have learned that I do not use most of the bits in a set. Better buying higher quality bits that you will use often.

But go for it if you want to play around with your router and see what you can accomplish...that is what a hobby is for any way
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I have a few Grizzly bits and they're of sound quality. I also have a bunch of MLCS bits and would recommend them as well. Me and lot of other folks use the method of buying a cheaper set and then upgrading the ones you wear out.
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For $40 you get a nice selection to play with and gain experience, plus you will have a wooden storage box.

Most of those bits will probably last until you decide to get a better router, then you can replace the popular styles with 1/2" shank ones.

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Good advice from previous posts! Before you buy any bits, please be certain of the shank (collet) size on your router, as some routers can only accept a 1/4" bit. Also it is not necessary to buy a set, but just these 3 basic bits to "play" with, which are a 1/2" round-over bit, a 1/4" round-over bit, and a 1/2" dia core box bit. With just those three common bits - alone & in combination, you can cut many profiles. For successful results, do make ALL cuts carefully & accurately, and FIRST practice on a variety of scrap wood. As you become more comfortable with routing, and/or need a new challenge, then add another bit or two that will fit your project and your budget. Be safe
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I guess a larger set might be more bits then I'll ever use, but buying individual bits are just as pricey. And being a novice, I don't know where my new found passion is going to lead me.

The HF router uses a 1/4 shank, but doesn't except 1/2 shanks.
So for now I'll get this set. When I get a grown up router, I can always use the mini for quick small jobs. I figure at 29.00, I can afford to replace it as needed.
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I've used these bit and like them. I admit I've never bought any of the pricey bits so I can't compare, but these serve my purpose.
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Since you just got some router bits with the router table use those to practice. For future purchases I recommend buying bits as you need them for projects. You save money buying sets IF you were to use all of the bits otherwise you've paid for bits you never use. If it's a frequently used bit buy a quality one-I prefer Whiteside. However I might buy an inexpensive bit if I plan to use it only once or twice. Just my 2 cents. You'll find the router and table very useful.
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The Grizzly purple bits are decent at that price. The MLCS 15 pc set is a good starter too.
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