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I own a Ryobi Router (handheld no table) and I wonder which bits you would recommend? Which kind of bits are approriate for a beginner? Thanks
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Rui, welcome to the forum. I think most folks would say the bits you need will depend on what you want to do with your router and what size shank it will accept.
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As Phil pointed out Rui the size shaft on your bits will depend on your router. In North America many Ryobi routers only accept 1/4" shaft bits (about 6.35mm) but I can't say for sure that is what you have there. Your instruction manual should say. The most common bits that are used are round overs between 3/16 and 3/8 radius, straight bits for cutting grooves and recesses, roman ogee bits for edge treatments are popular, and maybe a cove bit or two in the same sizes as the round overs. If you want to make signs then a v point bit or a sign making bit (v with the tip cut off) would be needed.Those bits would get you started.

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The work you do will decide the bit patterns. I know an individual that does not have a single straight bit yet almost everyone else has multiple bits. Buy what you need when you need it.

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I own a Ryobi Router (handheld no table) and I wonder which bits you would recommend? Which kind of bits are approriate for a beginner? Thanks
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Just a suggestion- Since starting out, buy a combo starter set, like the Ryobi 15 piece (A25RS15) or the Bosch 12 piece (91912)... or similar. There are similar low-cost sets of varied quality. Treat then as a test batch for your learning.

Usually buying bits separately for quality bit will run you around 20+ each. With a starter set like that, you can get started practicing making profiles and learning how to use your router.

As you wear out "a bit," those are bits you use, in what you do. Replace it with a higher quality bit.

"Don't worry, I saw this work in a cartoon once."
"Usually learning skills and tooling involves a progression of logical steps."
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My Router has both the 6 and 8 mm adapters. Does that help?
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[QUOTE=MAFoElffen;398139]Just a suggestion- Since starting out, buy a combo starter set, like the Ryobi 15 piece (A25RS15) or the Bosch 12 piece (91912)... or similar. There are similar low-cost sets of varied quality. Treat then as a test batch for your learning.

I did think of that but for some strrange reason the sets are catalogued but not avaulable for sale anywhere I could find.
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If your router only takes those sizes you will have to be careful that the shanks are the right size for your router. In North America our shanks are 1/4" and 1/2" as the norm.

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