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I just purchased a refurbished Makita hand held form CPO. I don't have any good quality 1/4 bits at this time and wondered what bits you all would would purchase.
I only want to buy 5 or 6 at this time, and give what I know about using a hand held router perhaps 5 or 6 will be all I need. Appreciate any input!
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I have bits purchaed from Rockler, wooodcraft, MLCS, Freud...

Here are a few examples.

1/2 inch Pattern bit
1/2 inch Flush trim bit and Buy WoodRiver Flush Trim Router Bit 1/2" D 1" CL 1/4" SH at Woodcraft.com



I seem to use those a lot.

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If I'm in the middle of a project and I find I need a bit I don't already have, (doesn't happen much anymore) I run down to the local big box and buy anything carbide tipped in a pinch. But given the time for advanced planning, I buy Whiteside bits online. There may be better bits out there than Whiteside, but I haven't found them and I ain't really looking. They just seem to last forever compared to the rest.

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I prefer to let my projects drive which bits I buy. At least I'll be sure that I will use them. I've bought from RouterBitWorld. They carry Freud, Amana and CMT. Pretty good prices and $1 shipping via USPS in the USA. Usually only takes one or two days. With tax, local prices are usually at least 20% higher.
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