Router bits and their colors #1: router bit colors

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Blog entry by abie posted 01-12-2014 03:35 PM 2283 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I just did an exhaustive search of router bits on the internet
Here is what I found: Colors:

Bright yellow: Sommerfield… China?

Garnet Red: Porter Cable

Purple : Katana and some Grizzly

Blue: Bosch and Ryobi

Pale Yellow : Ruima… China

Bright Green: Grizzly

Black : Craftsman….Sears

Hope this helps..
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#1 posted 01-12-2014 03:55 PM

Orange ….... CMT

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#2 posted 01-12-2014 04:06 PM

Thanks and Red: Freud.

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#3 posted 01-12-2014 04:08 PM

Green Lee Valley

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#4 posted 01-12-2014 04:31 PM

Blue or black from harbour freight too.

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#5 posted 01-12-2014 04:33 PM

Contact Marc Sommerfield and ask where his tools are made.
(712) 786-2717 Marc’s place is in Remsen Iowa.

His router bits that I own (rail n stile, plus panel raisers) have worked well for 10 years.
Must be about time to get some different ones.

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#6 posted 01-12-2014 04:42 PM

Lee Valley are light Green
Onsrud are dark green
Liberty (Ridge) American are Colorless
Wood tek are also yellow ..China?

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#7 posted 01-12-2014 11:56 PM

Oddly enough, Whitesides aren’t white on the sides, or anywhere else!

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#8 posted 01-13-2014 02:15 AM

Whitesides and some really cheap HF bits are unpainted so color is no indication of quality. Just looking at them, you can’t SEE any difference between the Whitesides and the HF bits but put em to use and there is a big difference.

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#9 posted 01-13-2014 02:31 AM

Rockler bits are blue (lighter than the Bosch bits).

Also, I have at least one Freud bit that’s not red (a tongue & groove bit iirc)

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#10 posted 01-13-2014 03:01 AM

I took my unpainted bits and painted them purple, now they cut much better.

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#11 posted 01-13-2014 03:38 AM

The blue-black are typically dull HSS steel bits…..


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#12 posted 01-13-2014 04:24 AM

Blue Tornado are blue.

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#13 posted 01-13-2014 07:15 AM

Well I have the yellow, orange, red, blue. I also have gray from mlcs.
I also have no paint from whiteside

I can report that 2 yellow bit 1/4 inch shank broke on me. Luckily I always change the plate ring to match the bit width.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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