What router bit brands would you recommend?

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10-20-2010 02:32 AM

Topic tags/keywords: router blade shaping milling question

I’ve brought a 3 1/4 HP router with a 1/2 collar/shank so i plan on slowly building up a 1/2 bit collection. I plan on buying some raised panel, moldings, etc. bits but i don’t want to buy something that is just a waste of money because like most of you i don’t have unlimited amount of cash. Ive been looking at Lee Valley mostly because they seem to be priced reasonably, decent quality, and they ship in Canada. So here is my question… Which brand of router bits would you recommend for a hobbyist and why?

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#1 posted 10-20-2010 03:09 AM

I came across this a little bit after posting and it i noticed that they rated Lee Valley at Excellent along with a half dozen other bits so I though I would post it if anyone else was interested. I am still interested in your options though.

Thanks in advance.

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#2 posted 10-20-2010 05:02 AM

Whiteside bits are excellent, the ones I’ve used have been high quality and hold an edge well. I’ve also gotten a few specialty profiles from LV and been very happy with those.

Lots of people really like Freud. Me, not so much.

CMT seems to be somewhat hit/miss. I’ve had a couple that were great, a couple others that were dogs. I especially recall a laminate trimmer bit that ruined a countertop because either the bit was slightly oversized or the bearing slightly undersized, it cut thought the color layer into the white underlayer (yes, I know they’re slightly beveled, I was using the very bottom edge)

Finally, I’d advise against bit collections, you end up with lots of stuff you’ll never use.

-- The Wood Nerd --

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#3 posted 10-20-2010 05:16 AM

The big names seem to be Eagle, Whiteside, Amana, Freud, and CMT.

And … regarding TheWoodNerd’s final comment … I dunno if I totally agree.

If you’re a newbie (like I was/am) then a fairly cheap, but not stupidly trashy, set of 30-40 bits will allow you to figure out what YOUR needs will be, based on YOUR use of the router.

And then … you buy YOUR 5 or 10 or 15 most frequently used bits, from a good quality manufacturer.

There are lots of lists, around, of the ‘Ten Router Bits Every Woodworker Must Have—” which is fine … if those are the bits you would use.

F’rinstance … I started with this one, and have been absolutely happy with their performance. Only now, am I starting to look at higher quality individual bits, for my highest used profiles.

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 10-20-2010 07:06 AM

Not sure what you can get in Canada, but Whiteside and Infinity are my best bits. Freud, CMT, and Eagle America also make excellent premium bits….excellent quality, precision balanced, top level carbide, excellent bearings, better sharpening, and ultimately better performance with good longevity.

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