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post #1 of 17 Old 03-23-2018, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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Your favorite Router bits

Would like some feedback on your 5 most used Router bits needed for a rookie?

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post #2 of 17 Old 03-23-2018, 09:06 PM
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1/8 and 3/8 round overs, 3/8 straight (size depends), flush trim, rabbet.
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I usually don't buy bits until I have a specific application for them.

The ones I use most often though are:
- flush trim bits
- template bits
- upcut spiral bits
- 45 degree chamfer bits
- round-over bits
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I tend to use round-over bits of varying sizes the most.
Buy carbide bits with a ball bearing pilot.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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The right answer, of course, is I use the bit I need at the time.

But, in answer to your question, round over, flush trim, as well as straight bits. Without checking I am positive there is a round over bit in my trim router. I am pretty sure there is a round over bit in the Craftsman router that is in the cast router extension on my table saw.
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Round over the the most then either roman ogee or 45 degree chamfer.
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My advise is buy a good (not too expensive but not the cheapest) router bit set. I set up my shop 15 yrs ago and bought a set at HD for about $100. I'm not sure of the exact # (about 12 - 15). Some of them I haven't used yet but others I've used so often, I had to replace them. As I overuse the cheap ones, I replace them with top of the line bits (because I use them often).

Since then, I've discovered the spiral upcuts bits and purchased an excellent set (5 bits for $100). Flush trim bit and a few others have also been replaced with vg quality and expensive bits - I use the often.

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I usually don't buy bits until I have a specific application for them.

The ones I use most often though are:
- flush trim bits
- template bits
- upcut spiral bits
- 45 degree chamfer bits
- round-over bits
This about sums it up to what I use. Don't make the same mistake I did and by cheap bits. There is a difference. I buy Whiteside bits that are made in the USA. Here is where I buy my bits and you can buy them one at a time with free shipping on everything.

https://www.hartvilletool.com/category/router-bits

Don in Murfreesboro, TN.
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Thanks for the feedback. What brands are ok, and what brands to stay away from?

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Thanks for the feedback. What brands are ok, and what brands to stay away from?
Most Router bits and saw blades are now made by automated robots all over the world. And private labeled for some of the most dominate major brands.
Even the cheapest of the cheap carbide bits are superior to the best high speed steel we had 40 years ago.
If you are just starting out, I agree with Bernie’s post, buy a mixed set of carbide bits.
The sets will have a variety for you to do a lot of experimentation.
You can buy sets for much less than $100 these days.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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I have the Grizzly H5572 round over set. Nice sharp carbide, but the bearings are undersized. I prefer bits designed with larger bearings.

I recently used the 1/2 inch round over for the first time and the bearing seized while taking 3 light passes on an 8 foot long piece of pine!
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Starting to look and all the local big box stores only have 1/4 shanks. What are the advantages going 1/2 over the 1/4? The 1/2inch will need to find online.

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Thanks for the feedback. What brands are ok, and what brands to stay away from?
I'm in Canada so I tend to buy router bits from Lee Valley or Freud from Home Depot. If you see bits with a price that seems too good to true - they probably are - save your coin for some decent ones.

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I've worked in, or around, many machine shops over the years. As such, I've always had access to surplus. One of my favorite "router" bits, are solid carbide end mills. Nothing cuts better.

Of course, there is always a right tool for the job. I wouldn't want a hogging bit for something that required tracing finesse. Then I'd get a template bit with a ball bearing.

Brandwise, I don't have access to much in my area. Top brand for me, is Porter Cable. I have never been to a Rockler's or other woodworking store.
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I do a lot of pattern routing, so I use my 1/2 inch shank solid carbide trim bit. After that, I use the round over bits and then straight bits to make dadoes. I always choose 1/2 in shanks when available. They just feel more stable and safer when doing a lot of cutting and making larger profiles. My routers all have 1/2 inch collets, so I need to use an insert when I do need a smaller bit.

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I have only two: a 1/4" straight (Irwin) and a 3/4" straight (Freud). I use the 3/4 for dadoes and grooves. Hardly ever use the 1/4".

For shaping I try to make creative use of the table saw, planes, files, etc, which is how I made the picture frame on my office wall.
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Not many bit choices for my router ... :)


... turning perfectly good wood into firewood every day ... :smile3:
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