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I am looking to purchase a set of Round Over Bits. I have found that I can buy an fairly inexpensive set of 4 for about $30 to $40.

Or I can buy extremely expensive bits that cost about $30 to $40 each.

I am leaning towards a set of 4 as this would be a good entry point for me. I don't see them being used a lot but then again I have never had any so I don't know if they are something that one finds many uses for.

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Also they seem to offer them in both 1/4" shaft and 1/2" shaft. Is there any advantage with either size shaft?

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˝'' shank are more stable...
American or Italian made will last long time and are better balanced...

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Usually, a mid price item is a good deal.
Super cheap is always a bad idea, especially when its a lump of sharp steel spinning at 30,000 rpm, and youre face is the nearest object.

If youre not going to use it much, buy one good one, and see how you get on.
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I don't see them being used a lot but then again I have never had any so I don't know if they are something that one finds many uses for.
You will definitely find a use for them. The problem I have with sets of router bits is there is always one bit you'll never find a use for....

I use 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2" the most. I usually buy them from Magnate.net a la carte Corner Rounding ( Round Over )/Beading Router Bit

If you buy from Magnate, buy a handful of bits at a time due to their shipping cost.

every so often Woodcraft has a good deal on their store brand, so I grab some there as well.

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You'll never be sorry for buying the best you find and can afford, and certainly stay with 1/2" shanks. Just my opinion of course.

There is some pride in having good tools, I don't know how to put a dollar value on it, but to me it is real, maybe it's just me. I have better tools than I have skills, but as I'm learning, the value of the better tools become more and more evident.

When cost is a factor and often it is, mid range tools will work just fine I'm sure, guess it just depends on the individual. I do agree that going real cheap usually end up being the most expensive as you end up buying higher priced tools when the chaap ones fail you.

I went that route years ago with a couple of cheap routers.

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Russell...can we assume your router is capable of handling 1/2" shanks...? Your profile doesn't show model...

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I'm very happy with Freud bits. Not the most expensive but more than the cut rate brands. I buy from routerbitworld.com. $1 shipping via USPS first class so they get to me quick.

Also, I have this set of Grizzly router over bits. They have held up surprisingly well and seem to always be on sale at that price.

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MLCS has free shipping. link is to their top line bits and they are moderately priced 64 dollars for 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2 in one set. They also have a 30.00 economy set.

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My current router is a Craftsman (don't know the model number) but it will take either 1/4" or 1/2" shanks.
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Buy the best you can afford. I suggest a moderately priced set to get the basic bits and then when you figure out what bits you use the most replace them with single bits of higher quality. My personal preference is the Whiteside bits but as Stick said the American & Italian bits seem to be a better choice. Most of us have a mixture. I stay away from anything made in China.
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