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Forum topic by Tom Godfrey posted 01-27-2015 02:34 PM 1496 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Tom Godfrey

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01-27-2015 02:34 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router router bits power tools

Looking to replace my router bits which were stolen several months ago. Just ordered a new router and now need new bits but want something that will last and still do the job without spending a lot of money. I am only looking for bits that I would use on a regular basis such as round over, and etc. Not looking to buy a set since most never seem to be used in my case.

Would appreciate any advice on a decent bit or bits. Let me know what you use and if you are happy with them. I prefer just to use 1/2 inch shank and all bits with a bearing.

Once I get my new router I will review it for you once I have used it enough to give a good review. Its a triton 3 1/4 hp with plung. I plan to install this router in a router table.

Thanks in advance

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#1 posted 01-27-2015 02:40 PM

I order most of my bits from MLCS. Although I must admit they aren’t the best; they are priced right have carbide cutters. Free shipping on all orders. I will buy bits from Woodcraft when they are on sale. Good luck.

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#2 posted 01-27-2015 02:55 PM

Whiteside and Infinity are the best bits in my arsenal. Both offer small 6 or 7 pc sets of the basic profiles for $100, and both offer a small sets of just roundovers, just chamfers, just straights too. They’re the same quality as those bought individually from them, but saves a few bucks if they have the profiles you want. I’ve also gotten good service from Freud, Price Cutter, Katana, and CMT bits too.

The MLCS 15pc set gets you pretty decent quality at $45 to your door:

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#3 posted 01-27-2015 04:41 PM

My favorite are those made by Whiteside. I almost always buy them when they are on sale.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 01-27-2015 07:55 PM

I use blue tornado and I am very pleased with their bit. Reasonably priced too

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#5 posted 01-27-2015 08:01 PM

I’d start with that MLCS set, which (I think) only has one or two “never use” bits, and then supplement that with one-offs of your most-used bits when you find sales on Freud, Whiteside, etc. bits. I don’t know if they still do, but in the past Rockler has had cycles of different bits at 50% or more off.

I’d also get a set of MLCS spiral upcut (or downcut) bits – I use them for a lot of router table applications, especially when I’m afraid of chipout.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#6 posted 01-27-2015 08:27 PM

+1 for Whiteside

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#7 posted 01-27-2015 09:18 PM

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#8 posted 01-27-2015 09:29 PM

For inexpensive bits, I’ve had good luck with the Yonico brand. Worth looking into.

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#9 posted 01-27-2015 09:35 PM

Whiteside, without any doubt, hesitation or question!

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Tom Godfrey

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#10 posted 01-28-2015 02:05 AM

Thanks guys for all the advice. Have decided on whiteside. I don’t really use that many different bits so I think I would prefer to buy a good quality bit rather than something that isn’t going to cut as good or last as long. Going to buy bits I need when I need them. Most of those that were stolen weren’t that great. Some I had never used before and most likely never would have.
Looking forward to a new router and new bits. Will let you k now how it turns out.

Thanks again.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#11 posted 01-28-2015 02:20 AM

I am voting Whiteside as well. I have also had decent luck with MLCS. But if I am not mistaking Whiteside is a made the US router bit which I like.

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#12 posted 01-30-2015 10:31 PM

I’d recommend MLCS and get the Katanga brand. Good price and free shipping. I call them if I just need on quick

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#13 posted 01-30-2015 11:00 PM

Whiteside and Eagle.

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#14 posted 01-30-2015 11:10 PM

Rockler bits they are good quality and have a no questions asked lifetime guarantee which I have used and is truly no questions asked.

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#15 posted 02-01-2015 10:09 PM

I prefer Whiteside or Rockler bits. I have two of the Triton 3HP mounted on tables. You’ll like it Tom.

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