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Blog entry by AJswoodshop posted 04-14-2012 12:57 PM 1359 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just got in my new router. My old router had a smaller size chuck. I need a new set of router bits for my new router. What would you guys get?


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#1 posted 04-14-2012 09:49 PM

Even though I think everyone would use a set of cove and roundover bits, the rule I go by now is to just purchase one as I need it. Sometimes I’ll anticipate needing one and buy it on sale. There are lots of good brands. I’ve had very good luck with Freud router bits. And, on another note Even though a couple of cutters on a bit is usually fine, I have some with three and four cutters on a bit. They really cut fast and smooth. If you find some like that then they can be pretty sweet.

If your new router didn’t come with a half and quarter inch chuck collet you should be able to get one from the manufacturer so you can still use some of the old bits.

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#2 posted 04-15-2012 05:03 AM

I do not buy sets, just buy them by demand. Of coarse, my collection has grown over the years, and now rarely need to purchase new ones. I try to only buy 1/2 inch shank bits as they have less chatter than the 1/4 inch shanks. I also have mostly Whiteside and Freud bits, they hold an edge a long time, and I feel that they are good value if you use the bits a lot. The Rockler bits don’t seem to hold an edge quite as well in my experience, but would be good for weekend woodworker. I would stay away from the cheap sets, they don’t hold an edge, you get too many that you will never use, and some just have rotten bearings on them.

Just my 2 cents.

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