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10-26-2013 05:22 PM

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I have been using a HF router bit set for many years,
It has been working great for me but now I have decided to replace it.
For the last week or so I have been looking at many sets.
Which one do you sue and recommend?
I am looking for a 50 bit set.

-- Bert

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#1 posted 10-26-2013 05:46 PM

I don’t buy router bit sets. I buy bits as I need them. Start with the ones you use the most.

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#2 posted 10-26-2013 05:46 PM

Why do ya want a set? I find that there is so much redundancy in sets that I just buy single bits.


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#3 posted 10-26-2013 05:47 PM

MLCS has sets- they are great to do business with. Never a problem with customer service. Was ill and missed one of their 10% off promos. I forget what I was ordering but I wrote them and lamented that I was unable to take advantage of their promo, they gave me the discount anyways. BTW -I had a large set but sold them as I really only used a dozen.

-- "After a year of doing general farmwork, it was quite clear to me that chickens and I were not compatible"-George Nakashima

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#4 posted 10-26-2013 05:48 PM

I prefer sets, so when I am ready to do something I have a choice right under my fingers.

-- Bert

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#5 posted 10-26-2013 06:03 PM

I use half a dozen bits regularly.
A Rockler 14 degree dovetail bit, a Whiteside 1/4” spiral upcut, a Freud small roundover, a large roundover, and a pattern routing bit or two. The chamfer bit and locking miter bits get used on occasion.
I also like Whitsides rabbeting bit kit with multiple bearings for several size rabbets.
I don’t think you could go wrong with Rockler, Freud or Whiteside bits.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#6 posted 10-26-2013 06:16 PM

Thank you guys

-- Bert

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#7 posted 10-26-2013 06:28 PM

There are a few bits that are most cost effective if bought as sets,I have chamfer bit set that covers 11.25° angle,15°,22.5°,30°.all useful angles depending on the project,also tongue & groove,rail & stile set but the the big sets that has 20-30 or more pieces are usually a waste of money since you’ll end up using 3 or 5 of them often and the rest just sit there staying pretty ,and sharp!

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#8 posted 10-26-2013 06:36 PM

I bought a 24 bit set at the HD a few years ago…Hickory brand I think in 1/2 shanks. With time most of those with the ball bearing guides and the dados have been used. Those requiring a router table are still untouched but I came out ahead and have no regrets. I’m guessing Hickory and your HF’s are probably the same (I did the google on Hickory and they seem to be a mostly EBay item now).

There is some relationship between Whiteside and (not sure what it is but when I visited the home office of the latter I had a Whiteside catalog to take home. Might want to check them out as well.

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#9 posted 10-26-2013 07:22 PM

Get one of the MLCS sets they’re good beginner bits. As they wear, replace your most used bits with whitesides from holbren or hartville tool.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#10 posted 10-26-2013 07:31 PM

check out eagle america- they make great bits at reasonable prices. Stay away from sets though, just buy the 8 or 9 bits you use the most.

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#11 posted 10-26-2013 08:50 PM

Bad, breaking bits, experience with only HF bit I ever used (purchased out of urgent need). I normally use Eagle America bits, now part of MLCS, and because of that I am slowly switching to Onsrud and Amana. A bit spinning at 20,000 RPM is really not something I want to see/hear again. Fortunately it happened with the handheld router in a template which provided protection … no injury, just a big adreniline surge and a screwed up project piece.

I have never bought a set because some bits, 1/4” straight for example, get over used while an Ogee bit hardly get any wear and the 1/4” bit will need replacing much sooner. The only sets I would consider buying are rail/stile bits.

I probably have at least 1/2 dozen or 1/4” bits, some carbide/some not, of various lengths as I use that size the most. I also use 1/16” and 1/8” bit a lot but not like the 1/4” bit, my workhorse!

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#12 posted 10-26-2013 09:15 PM

Thank you all for your recommendations

-- Bert

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#13 posted 10-26-2013 09:28 PM

I gave up on 1/4” bits years ago other than what I use for plunging shelf holes. The Leigh dovetail jig uses an 8mm bit that requires an adaptor to fit the 1/2” collet. I have a few 1/4” bits for that if anybody is interested.

IMHO heat is a killer on router bits. Moving to 1/2” shanks increases the heat dissipation mass more than 2x (it involves PI and 3.14 something).

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#14 posted 10-26-2013 09:29 PM

Amazon has a set by Yonico for about a hundred bucks. I have a couple of their bits and they seem ok to me. You can get half or quarter inch shank.

But like others I have about 6 bits I use.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#15 posted 10-26-2013 09:40 PM

cutworm,I have looked at this set, the reviews are OK

-- Bert

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