I'm quite new to routers so I was wondering is it better to buy a router bit set or to buy individual bits as I go?. Are there any reputable router bit sets? U.K. what is the best material for bits to be made of?
See for example:-I'm quite new to routers so I was wondering is it better to buy a router bit set or to buy individual bits as I go?. Are there any reputable router bit sets? U.K. what is the best material for bits to be made of?
I,m with Theo and Stick. A set will give you several bits that you will never use and duplicates of the same bit. I buy them as I need them.I'm with Stick on sets giving you bits you'll never use. I say buy what you need, when you need it.
I have I think 5 styles of bits, and use just one. I do have a project coming up that will require an entirely different bit, so bought a cheap Chinese bit, don't care if it lasts or not, just want to see it it does what I want. If it does, then I'll get a better bit after it dies.
free hand was around long before the RT's were...Art loves his table, but in my opinion, waaay overstates the "danger'' of using a router freehand.
First time I used a router was in Gr10 woodworking...back in the very early '60's ...a Stanley if I remember correctly. Freehand, no 'soft start' and certainly no speed control.free hand was around long before the RT's were...
at one time you violated your warrenty if used your router mounted in a table the mfgrs staded they weren't intended for such use...
DIY sets (even Bosch) are NOTBosch DIY 15tlg. Fräser-Set HM (1/4"-Schaft)
It horses for courses when starting out though, the OP probably doesn't know how much he will be using each bit so as we have said a DIY starter or "taster" set is a good cheap option because these sets can be had for the cost of one top of the line bits, he can then decide which bits he can buy later on from the good brand name ones. It would be nice to own but a person doesn't need a Ferrari just to do the weekly grocery shop.DIY sets (even Bosch) are NOT
Micrograin Carbide with Special Heat Treatment
Does NOT have Anti-Friction, Anti-rust coating usually BLUE/GREEN Teflon. NOT BLACK.
Are probably NOT Anti-kickback design for added safety
Usually only 2 welded cutting TCT edges ONLY.
That's the whole point though, the OP doesn't know what he needs.So since then I had bought MANY PRO GRADE Router bits BUT only one at a time depending on what I need.
The Bosch being 12th is where I would put them, like I said the Huhao from China have amazed me quality wise, super sharp and stay sharp, it's hard to complain about the Bosch set though when they cost only a few dollars per bit. And being a cheap old coot, I can't bring myself to pay over $50.00 for one bit. :wink:Google “taunton router bit matchup”
How some of the popular brands scored: Whiteside was 1st. Freud scored a respectable 4th, Amana was 5th, MLCS was 6th, CMT was 7th. Bosch was a rather poor 12th, and Rockler was a pitiful 16th and DNF (wore out before the test finished).