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Offline UncleJoe

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Router Bits what do you actually use
« on: April 14, 2017, 09:49 AM »
With the thread for Ryan's beautiful router bit insert and some other router threads I started to re-organize my router bits. Then I got an email from MLCS advertising their router bit collection, 30 bits for $99 and one that is 45 bits for $116. All this got me thinking. I have been migrating my shop to a less is more kind of thing, and I thought what bits do I actually use on a regular basis.  I have 6 routers now with one in my main router table with lift and Incra fence system. 2 are mounted in small portable type router tables, one with a round over bit so I can quickly round over any edge when making a project or a shop jig and one with a flush trim bit. I just purchased a OS 1400 as my main hand held router.

I don't really have a need for too many bits. I was wondering what bits you use most frequently. I am pretty sure that like me you have a few bits that were purchased to make that one cut on a special project and I am not talking about those. What I am looking for is a list of your most used bits and maybe even a reason you use that particular bit. It may prove educational for me and others

Thanks for contributing your thoughts and ideas.

Uncle Joe
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Offline bnaboatbuilder

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Re: Router Bits what do you actually use
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2017, 10:22 AM »
I only buy new router bits when needed for a new project. Over time that allows an accumulation of QUALITY bits (Freud and Whiteside mainly). The cheap collection of bits such as your example just don't interest me and seem more of one-off use. How good can a $3 bit be? Materials can be expensive so why risk screwing them up with cheap bits.

I use a variety of roundovers, chamfers, straight bits, upcut and downcut 1/4", paneling bits which can be used to used create partial curves as well as the full profile, dovetail and rabetting.
« Last Edit: April 14, 2017, 10:39 AM by bnaboatbuilder »
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Offline HarveyWildes

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Re: Router Bits what do you actually use
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2017, 10:33 AM »
A cheap set is good for making sure that you have bits that don't get a lot of use when you need them.  The initial cut quality is not bad, in my experience, but the carbide quality is not as good and the bits will dull more quickly - sometimes very quickly.

I buy quality bits as needed for specific jobs.  I like Freud and Infinity bits.  (I think Infinity used to be called Jesada, which is the brand that I have most of).  Obviously Whiteside and Amana are top notch as well, and others will note their favorite brands.

The bits I use most are straight, pattern, and chamfering bits.  I have quality bits for all of these, and have gotten good use out of most of them.

I have had one bit break in use - a quality dovetail bit.  I've also seen another quality dovetail bit break in use.  I mention that because quality doesn't always mean trouble-free, nor does it make up for pushing at bit past what it is designed for.

Offline Bob Wolfe

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Re: Router Bits what do you actually use
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2017, 10:50 AM »
"Quality" is not an adjective I use with Freud. They are an average bit at best in my books. I prefer Whiteside, Dimar, LV (made by the orange guys I was told).
I have a  few Freud because where I live that is what is available when in a hurry.   BW

Offline SRSemenza

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Re: Router Bits what do you actually use
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2017, 11:04 AM »
    Brand wise I have mostly CMT. I like them better than Freud but I don't really dislike the Freud either. I have a few in others brands including Freud, Amana, Whiteside, MLCS, simply because it was the only brand I could find offering a specific bit.

Most used profiles?

          1/4", 3/8" Rnd. Over (for edge breaking and really small round overs I usually use a sander)

          Ditto for Beading

          45 Chamfer (although I frequently just do this with a sander while sanding)

          1/4, 3/8, 1/2 Cove

         After those it is a pretty long list of about equal usage. Round Nose, rail and stile, straight, rabbeting, etc.

       I do a wide range of work and frequently am matching old / existing profiles. So I have ended up with a pretty good size collection of bits that have only been used once or twice.

      On the sander notes above I use a router if there are more than a couple pieces.

Seth

Offline antss

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Re: Router Bits what do you actually use
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2017, 11:58 AM »
Most often, I'm using straight/ mortising bits.  1/4" 6mm, 5mm, 1/2" and 19mm. Both in the table and hand held. Spiral and dbl flute.   I use an inlay kit quite a bit too with  1/8" spiral.

Next, is prob. a rabbeting bit and a slot cutter.

I also use a lock miter quite a bit.

My go to brand is Freud because it represents a good balance between quality, price, and availability.  I can get just about anything in their lineup within 20 minutes.  I find them to be above average in quality.

I have my fair share of Whiteside and Amana bits too. I also have a lot of DeWalt bits from the early 90's that I think were made by Amana for them. 

Offline DrD

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Re: Router Bits what do you actually use
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2017, 01:05 PM »

Mostly plunge bits - spiral upcut and straight dado bits, rabbit bits, edge treatment bits - mostly round over, and dovetail bits.  the majority of my bits are 8mm shank, followed by 1/4", and 1/2".  As stated in another post, the OF1010 is the goto router.
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Offline RobBob

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Re: Router Bits what do you actually use
« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2017, 01:54 PM »
Any opinions on Infinity Tools router bits?

Infinity Router Bits

Offline Jim Kirkpatrick

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Re: Router Bits what do you actually use
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2017, 02:39 PM »
Infinity is a good bit.  I use them and Freud's but my goto is Whiteside.  I found a really good source, Woodworkersworld.net.  Free shipping and because in part, I live on the east coast, I always receive them next day or two.  I get a shipping confirmation within the hour of order placed. 

I, like others, only buy them as the need arises for any given project.  I never stock pile them.

Offline kdzito

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Re: Router Bits what do you actually use
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2017, 03:40 PM »
Infinity is a good bit.  I use them and Freud's but my goto is Whiteside.  I found a really good source, Woodworkersworld.net.  Free shipping and because in part, I live on the east coast, I always receive them next day or two.  I get a shipping confirmation within the hour of order placed. 

I, like others, only buy them as the need arises for any given project.  I never stock pile them.

Ditto with Whiteside and Woodworkers World!  I bought two bits from Alan this week and received them in two days from PA to MI with free shipping.
Building one day at a time.

Offline Cheese

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Re: Router Bits what do you actually use
« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2017, 04:19 PM »
CMT...Whiteside....and Bosch equally spread among 1/4", 8mm & 1/2" shanks.

A fairly complete set of straight router bits, a somewhat complete set of round-over bits with bearings and then the usual specialty bits such as tongue & groove for flooring and the odd up-cut & down-cut bit or pattern tracing bit.

Just curious if anyone knows who makes Eagle America, made in USA router bits? They look an awful lot like Whiteside router bits. [unsure]

http://www.eagleamerica.com/prod_detail_list/router_bits_-_ea

FWIW...router bit comparison:
http://www.whitesiderouterbits.com/tooltestrouterbits.pdf

Offline john5mt

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Re: Router Bits what do you actually use
« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2017, 12:09 AM »
I think the eagle American bits are made by Whiteside but just a cheaper line. I have a bunch of them for all the obscure bits..

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Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Router Bits what do you actually use
« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2017, 01:10 AM »
Any opinions on Infinity Tools router bits?

Infinity Router Bits

Excellent bits. Their setup jig for the miter lock bit is the best on the market.

I also have a lot of CMT bits.

Festool bits are also great bits.

Tom

Offline jobsworth

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Re: Router Bits what do you actually use
« Reply #13 on: April 17, 2017, 02:54 PM »
I started buying infinity bits, made in USA. I also like though havent bought any in a while Woodline. Though they are cheap (inexpensive) Ive never had a problem with them
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Offline rst

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Re: Router Bits what do you actually use
« Reply #14 on: April 17, 2017, 05:14 PM »
I have an eclectic mix of Amana, Freud, Whiteside, and CMT.  I also still have a 45 year old set of Craftsman 1/4" bits that were the first ones I ever purchased, they just keep the dust from flying around on the shelf where they reside.   [wink]