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Hello, everyone. I'm an amateur woodworker and I am getting a Bosch 1617EVSPK 12 Amp 2-1/4-Horsepower Plunge and Fixed Base Variable Speed Router Kit with 1/4-Inch and 1/2-Inch Collets. I plan on using this in making cabinets, tables, and other furniture. My question is regarding bits. I don't want to get cheap bits that won't last or do a good job, but I don't want to have to sell a kidney on the black market to get a decent set. Are there any good basic sets that anyone recommends? Thank you
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Welcome to the forum, Ben.

With bits, you get what you pay for.....

Many brands have basic sets, and I would suggest you look a one of those sets to begin with.

Once you know which bits you are going to use more often, replace those bits with better quality bits.

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Ben, you will find a sticky thread about this at the top of our router bits section. The sticky threads are full of great information.

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Welcome to the forum, Ben.

With bits, you get what you pay for.....

Many brands have basic sets, and I would suggest you look a one of those sets to begin with.

Once you know which bits you are going to use more often, replace those bits with better quality bits.
Ben James is 100% correct, cheap cutters are a waste of money, don't buy a cheap set of cutters that you may never use, just buy good quality cutters that you need for a particular job and over time you will have a set of useful cutters, don't treat them too hard as overheating the cutter will reduce it keen edge, when they become less sharp then it is worth while to get quality cutters sharpened and when they come back with a new polished face then they will work better than they ever did. NGM
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MLCS makes a $40 set of router bits in both 1/2" and 1/4" that is serviceable. For the price of one CMT or Whiteside bit, you can get experience with a kit of 15 bits, in several standard profiles. Once you've used them a while, you'll have a better feel for where you want to invest much bigger dollars.
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I have bought cutter sets and have bits I have never used, I agree with neville 9999, just buy good quality bits you need for your present project and each additional project and over time you'll have all the good quality bits you need.

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Sounds like good advice. Thank you
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I think that is what I will do. Thanks for the advice
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I have bought cutter sets and have bits I have never used, I agree with neville 9999, just buy good quality bits you need for your present project and each additional project and over time you'll have all the good quality bits you need.

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exactly correct. NGM
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