I would like to purchase a "set" of the commonly used router bits for future
projects that are looming.
I looked at Home Depot and a typical 3/8" roundover bit w/ bearing is around
Looking on ebay, they have a fifty piece set for around $50.00. The mfg is
grizzly mountain or some name like that. I am an infrequent user of router
bits, so I don't need the absolute finest available. Any experience with value
of these large collection of bits?
I have no idea how good that set is, but proably not very good. OTOH, if
you go to www.woodcraft.com you will find a special deal on router bit for
$5 each. They are a decent bit and for the price, you just can't go wrong.
I bought one of each and I'm happy with them. They will normally sell for
Fair value for hanging on the wall to look pretty, though I find a paper
wall chart to be of better value and easier to dust. Router bits rotate
at speeds of around +- 30,000 rpm you want ones that are well made and
balanced, many of the cheaper ones are not balanced properly and will
vibrate, they also will break at odd times and have been known to lose their
carbide inserts. All of these actions could lead to exciting times in the
shop and at least a post or two to the wreck for sympathy if not a trip to
the hospital for bodywork. If by some chance you get a set that works well
it will not hold up and will lead to your going out to buy more and better
router bits anyway. That is my experience with cheap router bits anyway.
Rather than buying a set of bits that somebody else has picked out,
and finding that you never or hardly ever use half of them, you're
probably better off to buy one or two at a time as you find that you
need them. You may pay more for the ones you buy, but you won't be
spending money on bits you don't need.
For good quality at a pretty good price, try MLCS bits
(http://www.mlcswoodworking.com ) I've used them for years and been
very happy with them.
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In router bits, cheap usually means "unsafe." A flying router bit at
25,000 RPM can do a lot of ugly damage. These things break more easily
than you would assume.
Also, if you have a choice (if your router allows), get a bit with 1/2 inch
collet, not 1/4 inch. The reason is that the thicker the collet size the
more stable the bit runs, the harder it is to break, and you get better
I'll second the suggestion of taking advantage of the Woodcraft $5.00 deal.
This is an anomaly pricewise, you are getting a bit that's worth much more
Thanks. That's something about my brain... I can remember numbers like no
one's business but words, names specially, I temporarily forget too often.
It's really emabarrasing, one time I forgot my own sister's name!
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