From my previous post: "almost without exception". There are different grades of starter sets too Bob. I'm still using the bits in mine after about 15 years. They still do a decent job. Two of them I've used a fair bit and they are still okay. I also don't need another set and have a couple that I haven't used but I certainly don't regret buying the first set. The cost of it was approximately equal to a single good bit of similar usage. I have certainly gotten my money's worth out of it.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.
When I first got into routing I read lots of reviews and even contacted Pat Warner who provided me with a list of his top 10 router bit brands. Infinity is another premium brand to add to your list. As most of the others have said when you buy a set you may never use some of the bits in it......but if you can buy a set at a good price then it may be worthwhile. If you have to buy online sometimes the shipping cost is a killer on small orders.Thanks for all the info, it’s interesting that you can get all those profiles with only 3 bits.
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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Dan the Infinity set is not a cheap quality bit like some of the others. Infinity's bits score very high on router bit tests so it's no wonder you are happy with them. That's still a pretty decent savings because I would say individual prices would add up to between $300 and $400 without checking them out.When I joined this forum, I was getting into expanding my projects with some cabinet making. At that time, I read many threads on what router and bits to buy. On the recommendations of folks in the forum, I bought a "starter" set of Infinity bits. The kit I bought has the ten most used bits posted by Fine Woodworking magazine. At about $200, they were not cheap but have proved to be a bargain. I have used 9 of the 10 bits in the kit. I have purchased other bits as needed as my projects continued, but still go to that 10-bit kit often. The bits are sharp and have stayed that way for years.
I like them well enough that I just purchased a similar set for my son's birthday, which is next week. I'm optimistic that they will last him a very long time, as well!