This is probably one of the most asked questions for those just getting into wood working. Obviously there is no real right answer. My self getting and choosing router bits is a simple enough decision to make. While in some some sense buying a 150 – 172 would over all have cost benefits in overall savings, other ways it would be a huge waste of money because my chances of using all of them would be slim. The best way at least for me when choosing a bit is I ask myself the following questions. 1. Why do I need it, 2. How often will I be using it during the building of my projects. 3 Is there an alternate way to do this besides a router bit. 4. Do I really need it.
Then the other questions is what bits should I get. My suggestions is every one should have at least the following when getting started.
1. 1/4- 1/2 and 3/4 inch Dado bits.
2. Roman ogee bit
3. cove bit.
4. Bead bit.
5 upward spiral bit
6. downward spiral bit.
7 rabbet bit
This is by no means all of the bits that one should have but it is good place to start.
also having a router template guide and insert bushing is an absolute must at some point.
As you venture further into wood working and depending on what you are doing, and the scale in which you are doing it is going to affect what bits you need. my self I have 15 router bits and I know that I am going to need some new bits with in the next year for a couple projects that will be coming up, but right now I don’t need them so there is no rush to go out and buy them right away. It all basically comes down to YOU!!! have fun be safe and router away.