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Router bits and their colors #1: router bit colors

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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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shipwright

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#1 posted 190 days ago

Orange ….... CMT

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abie

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#2 posted 190 days ago

Thanks and Red: Freud.

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PCM

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#3 posted 190 days ago

Green Lee Valley

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Ben

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#4 posted 190 days ago

Blue or black from harbour freight too.

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ksSlim

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#5 posted 190 days ago

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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abie

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#6 posted 190 days ago

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

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Picklehead

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#7 posted 190 days ago

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

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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gfadvm

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#8 posted 190 days ago

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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felkadelic

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#9 posted 190 days ago

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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tomd

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#10 posted 190 days ago

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

-- Tom D

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#11 posted 190 days ago

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

Eric

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lepelerin

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#12 posted 190 days ago

Blue Tornado are blue.

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lanwater

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#13 posted 190 days ago

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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