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I just scored my Porter Cable 690lrvs with additional plunge base in new condition!

Now is there a nice beginner set of routing bits that would be suggested?

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large sets seem to be too much...
individual bought bits for the project at hand generally works out better for you can buy better grade bits w/ less impact to your wallet...
better bits like Freud, CMT, and Whiteside... USA and European made bits will preform better and last a lot longer than the bargain chinese bits...
study this PDF... it may give you insight...
remember ... you get what you pay for...

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Sam, take some time and do some reading before you dig in...
you'll be doing yourself a major benefit..
what is at this link is for your safety and to build your knowledge base...
https://www.routerforums.com/general...me-forums.html

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Thanks for all the info, it’s interesting that you can get all those profiles with only 3 bits.

Also,

Rpm guide is very useful.

I shall do more research.. more tips welcomed. What did you wish someone told you about routers or bits at the beginning of your journey?


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Bit sets are really a waste of money.
first off, they are always cheap quality and will burn out pretty quick while youre learning.
Second, you wont ever use most of them.
I got one set with a new router, I got another set from someone else. About half the cutters of both sets are still unused, 4 years on. Its nice to think that you will have a particular cutter when you want it, but in reality, when youre starting out you just wont use them.

Buy maybe 6 good cutters, then get the rest as you decide what youre doing with them.
Definitely a bearing guided pattern bit. A couple different sized round over bits, and maybe splurge on a slotting set. After that, its up to you to decide what you are going to make.
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What did you wish someone told you about routers or bits at the beginning of your journey?
brand quality differences..

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I disagree with the previous comments. You can just as easily buy quality bits when you are just starting out that you might not use also and that is way more costly. Here is a set on Amazon of 12 bits for $22 which is about $1.90 per bit and they have decent reviews. https://www.amazon.com/KSEIBI-103119...bit+sets&psc=1 You can't buy a Freud, CMT, or Amana for $22 and I'm talking about a single bit as opposed to 12 bits. So what if you don't use a couple of them? And you have them to try and maybe you will eventually find a use for all of them. The set has a good assortment of bits that you should eventually use most of. I regularly use all but the V groove and dovetail. This is a great way to get started and won't hurt your wallet. If you read the responses of who recommends buying a set and who doesn't, almost without exception the people who don't recommend buying a set never have and those who do recommend a set have purchased one.

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Charles, did you read my post? I have two sets, not one. The bits I didnt use in one set are the same bits i didnt use in the second set.
I've since spent quite a bit of money on single cutters as I need (or want) them, but will never again buy a set.

Admittedly, sets are cheap. but theres a reason they are cheap. Starting out routing is a hard thing to do, using tools that will go blunt in minutes doesnt help because you blame your lack of knowledge when things go bad.. And thats my personal experience, because I was a total newbie to ALL woodworking and routing only 4 years ago.
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I bought a nice Bosch 1/4" set for around $80.00, so it's not a cheap set nor a dear set either, I have used most of them and they definitely don't go blunt first time, you can buy sets for $20.00 but its the old adage you get what you pay for. But then again its also horses for courses, you don't need to spend a lot on one bit you will only use a few times, so depending on your usage buy the best you can comfortably afford.

Bosch 15 piece set:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B000P4IS..._t1_B000P4IS0K

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