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Shane

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09-27-2015 05:32 PM

What is a good router bit set to get started for under $100 that isn’t total junk?


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#1 posted 09-27-2015 06:08 PM

Shane you would be better off buying individual bits based on the project you work on ,if you really insist on ordering a set or two with useful bits, I think you won’t go wrong buying a set of cove & round over bits,you’ll also (most likely) use an spiral bit set but they are not cheap,a 1/4” is a very useful size for general routing/trimming, so is the 1/8” if you do inlay work.
http://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/smarthtml/pages/setcvro.htm
Router Bit Set #8382 Cove 1/2” Shank 4 Piece
Router Bit Set #8384 Round-Over Beading 1/2” Shank 4 Piece
Spiral Upcut #903 1/4” – 1/2” shank
Spiral Upcut #901 1/8” – 1/2” shank

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#2 posted 09-27-2015 06:12 PM

Yeah I think I’m going to buy some Roundover bits and some straight bits and then buy more as I need them from there

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#3 posted 09-28-2015 12:03 AM

A set of Whiteside roundover bits will cost $95 but you will not regret spending the money. Grizzly spiral straight bits have worked for me but their roundovers do not compare to the Whitesides.

Buying sets is cheaper than buying individual bits (if you will use all the bits in the set).

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#4 posted 09-28-2015 12:57 AM

I agree. I’ve made a couple of posts about the folks at Whiteside. They are the best in my book. I bought several of their router bits from carbideprocessors.com. They have very good prices and quick service.

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#5 posted 09-28-2015 01:33 AM

I agree that Whiteside is a good choice of brand and that sets are not the way to go. The price per bit is cheaper with sets but you will end up with some that never get used. I would suggest you buy the bits that fill a need on your current project and then the next one and so on. It will not be long before you have a nice set of bits that fill needs not space in drawers.

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#6 posted 09-28-2015 01:36 AM

Maybe go into the Menards over in Sidney, OH.? And look over the Orange coloured sets?

CMT I think is the brand name. They also have them Blue Bosch ones. Stay away from the Black or gray sets….

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#7 posted 09-28-2015 02:23 AM

Whiteside 7pc set or the Infinity 6 pc set are close to $100 and are top shelf cutters. If you’d prefer decent budget bits, the MLCS 15 pc set for ~ $45 is a decent starter set.

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#8 posted 09-28-2015 01:44 PM

I’ve had that MLCS set for 3 or 4 years and it’s been a good set for the money. I’m thinking now that I know what bits get heavy use I’m going to get some nicer whiteside or freud replacements for the 2 or 3 that see a lot of use.

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#9 posted 09-28-2015 02:47 PM

There is a 7 piece whiteside set for 95 bucks – - but like others said. most sets are full of stuff you will never use.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000AM31QI/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_3?pf_rd_p=1944687502&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B000BJJY4I&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0JJ5KNBS81QT58SYS94V

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#10 posted 09-28-2015 03:25 PM

I’ve had exactly the same experience. I have the $45 MLCS set. I have used two of the straight bits, the round over bits, and the chamfer bit a lot. I’ve used the pattern bit once. At some point I’ll likely replace the straight bits I use and might add a longer pattern bit. I have no complaints about the set. It does the job.

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#11 posted 09-28-2015 04:29 PM



I ve had exactly the same experience. I have the $45 MLCS set. I have used two of the straight bits, the round over bits, and the chamfer bit a lot. I ve used the pattern bit once. At some point I ll likely replace the straight bits I use and might add a longer pattern bit. I have no complaints about the set. It does the job.

- jonah


I have also used this set at a friends shop and agree it is a good place to start and find out what you will and will not use and they are pretty decent bits for the price. When you use a bit from this set enough to get it dull then it is time to buy a better quality one of that size . If you never use one of them from the set it is not a big loss due to the low price , but you still have them in case you do someday need them or just want to play with them to see what you can use them for. I went overboard and bought a Cheap 50 piece set and have only used about 6 or 8 of them and replaced those with better but still not Top of the line bits. Some day :)

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#12 posted 09-28-2015 06:26 PM

+1 on the MLCS bits being a good value for starter bits. I got the 45 pc. set a few years ago. Although I haven’t done a lot of routing since I got them, like Richard I bought them with the plan to replace the dulled ones with better bits as I go.

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