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12-19-2010 10:02 AM

Topic tags/keywords: router bit bits bosch

Ok, I am trying to make some sense of this. What, in your opinion, is a really solid, well-priced brand for Router Bits? I have seen reviews of small sets, even reviews of just one bit. But I just need a little direction for brand. Bosch? Or, if its easy, what brand should one steer clear of? Thanks guys.

-- Chris-Woodstock, Illinois

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#1 posted 12-19-2010 02:07 PM

Whiteside is a good brand, I’ve used them, I know a lot of people who swear by them, and they are MADE IN THE USA! They aren’t too common in local stores though, but you can find them online.

Whiteside 401 Set is a great starter set.

It has all the things that you would need for starting out. A roundover, cove, straight, template, chamfer, and rabbet bits. It’s 1/2” shank too. It comes in a good protective case that you can ‘throw around’ if you want too, plus all the bits are really high quality.

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#2 posted 12-19-2010 02:10 PM

My best bits are Whiteside, Infinity, and Freud….my CMT are excellent too. Whiteside sells a 7 piece set of the most commonly used profiles for ~ $80 (they’d be a lot more if bought individually). All top shelf US made cutters that will perform well and outlast most. (Holbren has it for ~ $80 shipped with “BT310” discount code) Eagle America and Amana are said to at a similar level but I haven’t tried any yet.

There are some good quality low cost imports too from MLCS Woodworking, Woodline, Price Cutter, Grizzly, Woodriver. Bosch, Porter Cable, Viper, Rockler, are all decent bits too but tend to be overpriced at regular MSRP IMHO.

I would avoid the cheapest no name bits, and bits by Harbor Freight, Skil, Ryobi, Hickory, and Craftsman. There are too many other good choices at similar prices or less.

We all have our preferred brands and philosophies of how to buy. Buying individual bits tends to be more expensive per bit, but it ensures that you only pay for those you use. Huge sets (35+ bits) can cost less per bit, but there are many that you pay for that you won’t use and many bits that are near duplicates of other bits. Smaller sets (6-24 bits) of the most common profiles make some sense to me and provide good value too. Regardless of which brand or what set you choose, if your router will accetpt 1/2” shank, go with that size whenever possible.

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#3 posted 12-19-2010 02:47 PM

My first set of bits came from Lowes and cost $99. Still using some of them.(7 years later) I buy my specialty bits from MLCS and have had very good service from them. If you are planning on a lot of use, spend a little more and you will be happier. Another thing, buy a good bit cleaner and a brass bristle brush,plus a small diamond file to tune up the edges.

-- Life is good.

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#4 posted 12-19-2010 04:25 PM

MLCS markets a line of router bits called “Katana”. They appear to be their premium line. I find them to be very good bits at a reasonable price. Furthermore, MLCS provides free shipping on all orders so buying 1 or 2 bits at a time is a practical option. Just goggle MLCS.

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

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#5 posted 12-19-2010 04:39 PM

If you go to, Whiteside bits are shipped free. MCLS, as already mentioned, will ship their products free as well. They both have excellent online catalogs. I rarely buy sets unless it is a small set of items I think I could use in multiple sizes (i.e. cove and roundover bits). The free shipping and quick turn around makes it easier to get them on an as needed basis.


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#6 posted 12-19-2010 10:21 PM

Whiteside and Infinity along with Freud. I try to always find them online when they are on sale cheap.

-- Williamsburg, KY

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#7 posted 12-19-2010 10:35 PM

If I need a particular bit right away I’ll go to my local Woodcraft and buy Whiteside. On line I go to Infinity and/or Lee Valley which also has the greatest variety I’ve seen.

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#8 posted 12-19-2010 11:52 PM

I’m another Whiteside fan.

-- Joe

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#9 posted 12-20-2010 01:31 AM

Well, I see which way the majority of you are leaning. Thanks. And knotscott, that was the most thorough reply I have ever seen. I appreciate all of the information. I will check out all of the leads.

-- Chris-Woodstock, Illinois

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