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How many router bits do you have?

by thatwoodworkingguy
posted 05-31-2010 04:29 AM


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woodman71

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#1 posted 05-31-2010 04:33 AM

For me it seems I never have enough have good size but could use more.

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 05-31-2010 04:34 AM

I haven’t counted but I would guess 200-250.

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#3 posted 05-31-2010 05:08 AM

I have 2 cheap 1/4”shank starter sets I don’t use anymore. A 15 piece 1/4”shank carbide bit set. Now I buy 1/2” shank bits and have about 15 of them. I buy them as I need them so my collection has only just begun.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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pmayer

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#4 posted 05-31-2010 01:48 PM

probably about 100 or so, of which I use about 5 with any regularity.

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Ger21

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#5 posted 05-31-2010 02:55 PM

Jim, that’s only 5/router, so you actually have less than everyone else. :-)

I’ve probably got around 50-60 different styles, accumulated over the last 20+ years.

-- Gerry, http://home.comcast.net/~cncwoodworker/CNC_Woodworker.html

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richgreer

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#6 posted 05-31-2010 03:03 PM

I counted 47 bits with a 1/4” shank. I only use 3-4 of these because I do not have a 1/2” shank version of those bits. For example, a 1/16” diameter straight bit is only available with a 1/4” shank. I have one.

I count 38 bits with a 1/2” shank. I use about a dozen on a regular basis. However, I have used most of them at least once.

I’ve recently discovered how much I like the spiral up-cut straight bits – both with and without a guide bearing on the end. I currently have 3, but I am going to get more.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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MedicKen

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#7 posted 05-31-2010 03:12 PM

Somewhere in the neighborhood of 150, mostly 1/2” shank. I got one of the big sets from Eagle for Christmas a few years ago and for a mid range priced set of bits they are very nice

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TheWoodsmith

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#8 posted 05-31-2010 03:15 PM

I got like 72 i beleive, Picked up a cheap set from ebay, pitbull or something like that, Great bits actually, but i really should look into a speed control for my router, But i’m pretty sure its a soft-start so i might have to tool up again. The thing is that some of those heavier bits just need to be run a touch slower, i make alot of passes!

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TheWoodsmith

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#9 posted 05-31-2010 03:16 PM

P.S, ThatWoodworkingguy, are you the same woodworking guy of the etsy.com fame?

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UnionLabel

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#10 posted 05-31-2010 03:40 PM

I think maybe 125 to 150. Most 1/2” shanks, but a few 1/4” for my palm routers

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rsmith71

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#11 posted 05-31-2010 05:03 PM

150 or so.

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tyskkvinna

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#12 posted 05-31-2010 05:20 PM

Somewhere between 75 and 150. Strictly router bits.

My sheet router holds a lot more than router bits though, so in total I have 500+ bits I use on it.

I bounce around between bits all the time. I guess the “core group” would be about 20.

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knotscott

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#13 posted 05-31-2010 05:29 PM

Without counting, probably 100-150.

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bayspt

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#14 posted 05-31-2010 05:47 PM

Just counted 21. All 1/2” save one 1/4” straight bit.

-- Jimmy, Oklahoma "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!"

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makedust

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#15 posted 05-31-2010 10:18 PM

I have about 50-60 router bits. Mostly 1/2” shank because I rarely get a 1/4” shank bit any more. I have only two routers, and they both will receive 1/2” shank bit which are much more stable.

-- "Happiness is creating dust"

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Timberwerks

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#16 posted 05-31-2010 10:29 PM

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remy97

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#17 posted 05-31-2010 11:29 PM

well 8. i bought a nice set of carbide steel craftsman ones in a set when i got my router. there really nice and ive never had to sharpen them. there only 5$ each if you get them in a set

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SnowyRiver

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#18 posted 05-31-2010 11:36 PM

70 to 80

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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docholladay

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#19 posted 06-01-2010 12:11 AM

I have about 25 or so. Of those, I actually use about 5 or 6 on a regular basis. Next, I intend to get some rail and style sets and raised panel bits. Also, I want to try out some of the different joinery bits.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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knotscott

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#20 posted 06-01-2010 04:27 PM

This post prompted me to go count them. As of this morning, I can account for 104 bits, but I’m missing my original 15 pc set….might have tossed it, might have given what was left of it away.

Brands include: Freud, Infinity, Whiteside, CMT, Price Cutter, Eagle, Holbren, MLCS, Katana, Grizzly, Rockler, Wood River (Woodcraft), Woodline, Lee Valley, Hickory, Precision, Magnus, and even an HF bit.

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PurpLev

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#21 posted 06-01-2010 04:33 PM

~30 mostly 1/2” shank, with about 5 1/4” shank (undersize bits for plywood, and a T cutter)

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404 - Not Found

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#22 posted 06-02-2010 12:45 AM

I have a drawer full of cutters and five routers, 2×1/2” and 3×1/4”, one router permanently set up for dovetailing, one in the table for small moldings, one for 1/8th roundovers or 45 degree bevelling, one 110v for site work and my fave and most versatile dw625. I have even borrowed another router during a big project so I could keep the same bit and bush on it for template work. A bit extravagant I know, but saves a heck of a lot of time setting up. I stopped buying trend cutters because they’re so expensive. Very happy with Tornado cutters from Rutlands.co.uk.

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lanwater

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#23 posted 06-03-2010 07:45 AM

One set of 60 1/4” shank and 21 individual 1/2” shank of which 6 are spiral.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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559dustdesigns

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#24 posted 06-06-2010 08:48 PM

I have been buying 2 or three a year for a while as I need one and as I find a good deal. I only have around 25 now, but can’t have enough router bits.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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lilredweldingrod

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#25 posted 06-07-2010 06:37 AM

62 1/4 inch & 84 1/2 inch.

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bigike

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#26 posted 03-01-2011 05:03 AM

close to about 100-150 1/2” shank and 1/4” shank but I like useing the 1/2” shank bits the most.

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David Craig

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#27 posted 03-01-2011 04:19 PM

I have less bits than Jim has routers :) I started out with a cheap 15 piece set but started buying by the bit when I find sales on what I need. I have probably about 20 good 1/2 inch bits and a few 1/4 inch that I use on the trim router. I followed a good deal of comments on the true cost of those starter sets and have tried to avoid those “buck a bit” specials.

Nice ice breaker,

David

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fladdy

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#28 posted 03-01-2011 04:35 PM

I have a 40 piece set and then 3 that I bought before I got that set. So only 43, but I’m working on getting more.

-- Fladdy

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Jeff in Huntersville

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#29 posted 03-01-2011 04:35 PM

I probably have around 100 of varying uses and sizes. It’s got so that on my last purchase of a dovetail bit I decided to get four of the same in case something happened. I’ll only buy carbide tipped bits now. I still have the first bit I bought, a Freud finger joint bit. I don’t think I’ve used it more than a couple of times.

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canadianchips

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#30 posted 03-01-2011 04:58 PM

I can safely say I have more Hand planes than I do router bits !

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Brrman

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#31 posted 03-01-2011 05:58 PM

Wow I have about 15 (mostly Bosch) or so and thought I had too many… LOL. I have been mistaken.
I still need a good cabinetmakers bit set though.

-- "Being a perfectionist does not make one perfect..."

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Bertha

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#32 posted 03-01-2011 06:09 PM

I’d guess no more than 50. I have many duplicates, as well.

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dbhost

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#33 posted 03-01-2011 06:23 PM

I have the MLCS 66 piece 1/2” shank set, a Skil 30 piece 1/4” shank set, and about 35 misc loose bits, so about 130 or so… Scary thing is, I use almost all of them… (there are a couple in the Skil set I don’t bother with…)

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helluvawreck

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#34 posted 03-01-2011 06:33 PM

I might have 30 all together. I could probably use a few more but it seems like I keep spending most of my money on hand tools.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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skippyland

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#35 posted 03-01-2011 07:42 PM

I started out with 1/4” and have about 12…and now really only use the collection of 15 1/2” shanks; but I’ve started experimenting with combining bits for effect.

-- Skip from Batavia, purveyor of fine and exotic sawdust & chips.

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Jonathan

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#36 posted 03-01-2011 08:33 PM

I haven’t taken a hard count recently, but I’d guess it’s in the 2-dozen+ range. I’m sure once I build a table and really start using my new Triton TRC001 in the table, that number will go up. I too, have numerous duplicate bits. I bought extras of certain bits on purpose. For instance, I was at Rockler several months ago and they had some bits on clearance for $0.99/each. I purchased multiples of the 1/16”-bits in order to do some router inlay projects in the future.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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Pop

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#37 posted 03-02-2011 02:22 AM

I have 2 trim routers, 1 plunge and a PC with a bunch of bases. I also have a big PC in my router table. I STILL have to change bits unlike Norm who just changes routers. I have between 100 to 150, and like everybody else I only use a half-dozen regularly. I’m now buying only what I need to be a project and don’t have.

Pop

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