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post #1 of 9 Old 02-24-2020, 01:51 PM Thread Starter
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With my new router (my first), I bought a twelve pack of inexpensive bits, some of which I will probably not get to. I find that I am interested in and using the round overs, trim cut and straight cut bits. I will most likely use the chamfer as well.
When needed, what company's bits do you recommend? What would be different for me working with a "quality" bit or a "cheap" bit. What are the indications that I need a new bit?
Also, I get a line on my round over next to the bearing that leads me to think that it should be equipped with a slightly larger bearing. Does that make sense?
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post #2 of 9 Old 02-24-2020, 02:09 PM
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some close up photos of the bits that you have issues with will help.
I find that the quality bits have a thicker carbide cutter and are more uniform.
the cheaper bits have a thin cutter and and are sometimes not uniform in shape.
when the bearings get dust in them, they stick - which would cause a line
when they don't roll freely.
if the bearing is okay, and you are using soft wood like pine, you can leave
a line by pulling too hard on the router, pressing the bearing into the wood.

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Quality bits are important especially for profiling and door sets, for example. Often a cheaper bit can be adequate for chamfers, roundovers, straight bits, etc. but in the end its all about the carbide.

I use Whiteside and CMT bits almost exclusively, but as mentioned I have bought some cheap bits that seems to work ok (namely Yonico)

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It has been my experience that when it comes to router bits quality rules the day every time. Good quality bits, such as Whiteside, CMT, Freud to name just a few, will usually be priced fairly close to each other. Poorer quality bits will be price all over the place but generally will be much less expensive. Results are the key here and I've yet to find a lesser quality router bit that can produce the same high grade results as the name brand can.

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I have several Yonico router bits from Precisionbits.com. They have performed well, no issues
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Tom-G...How did you put that post on my post that you like my post?? I figured it out. Never seen the like button before.

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I like Whiteside, Freud and Diablo. I also have an Irwin 30-bit set that I initially bought to get a jump-start on my router bit selection.

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Thanks very much for all of your help. My guess is that John Smith's thoughts will solve my problem and will try to work a bit differently. Yes, my bit is pretty dusty, not having cleaned it after a good amount of use. Yes, my experience so far is with soft pine and yes, I have been pushing into the work firmly to keep my edge uniform. Perhaps too firmly. I'll do some tests in a few days. I very much appreciate everyone's experience and good will. Best, Mo
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