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Ethan Sincox

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#1 posted 03-22-2007 03:18 PM

I have a nice set of Freud bits I bought when I picked up my first router. Love them and wouldn’t give them up for anything.

I also have a ton of the WoodCraft anti-kickback bits, and they’re just as good, as far as my experience goes. I once read somewhere that most anti-kickback bits on the market (Woodcraft, Rockler, Dewalt, etc.) are all from the same manufacturer, just colored and labeled for the different brands. I don’t find that difficult to believe… And if you do believe that, just wait until WoodCraft has their $5 router bit sale and pick up 20 better-than-average bits for $100.

Oh, and try to buy 1/2” bits when possible – smoother cuts and safer to use. Well… stick with the 1/2” bits to some extent. If you have a palm router, you need to have some 1/4” bits if you want to use it! I made that mistake, buying 1/2” bits for the first two years, and then picked up a Bosch palm router for $40 when a woodworker was shutting down shop, and quickly realized I could only use the two carbide bits he’d thrown in with it because the rest of my bits were 1/2”.

-- Ethan,

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