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[Router Bits] A guide to buying your best router bit sets

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A guide to buying your best router bit sets
My name is Jack. I am a professional carpenter with 30 years’ experience. I grew up in a woodworking family. My father and his brothers owned and operated a commercial carpentry shop. I have encountered many tools in my 3 decades career but the one which stands out is the router bits set. This tool has become an indispensable part of the modern craftsmen’s arsenal and having the best router bits set is vital in your workshop.

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How to choose router bits
5 Router bit types that you should have
Router Bit Shank Size: 1/2″ vs 1/4″
Beginners, do you need an expensive router bit set?
The best router bits sets review from old Jack
1. Freud 91-100 13-Piece Super Router Bit Set with 1/2-Inch Shank and Freud’s TiCo Hi-Density Carbide | The best router bit set on the market
2. Bosch RBS010 1/2inch and ¼ inch shank 10 pieces professional set
3. CMT 800.505.11 13-Piece Router Bit Set, 1/2-Inch Shank.
4. Whiteside 401 Basic Router Bit Set, 1/2-Inch Shank, 7 Pieces.
5. Neiko 10115A Premium Tungsten Carbide Router Bits | 80-Piece Set | Aluminum Storage Case.
6. MLCS 8377 15-Piece Router Bit Set with Carbide-Tipped 1/2-Inch Shanks.
7. Yonico 17702 70 Bits Professional Quality Router Bit Set Carbide.
Best router bit brand
Parting words from Jack
How to choose router bits
A router or a router table is only as good as the router bit which is the business end of this tool. To those new to woodwork router bits are the part that is in contact with the wood. Router bits come in two distinct variations. These are edge forming bits and the non-edge bits. Edge forming bits have a bearing. This functions as a fence when routing. Whereas the non-edge bits need one to use a fence either attached to the work, table or router.

When choosing router bits there are three dimensions that matter. These include collet size, shank length and shank size. In terms, Collet size can be either 1/2inch or 1/4inch. Through experience, I recommend the 1/2 inch. They are stiffer, bigger, and stronger. Also, they are better to resist vibration, flexing and bending. Joe also would advise you to consider bits with the shortest size to do the work.

With the bit type and size established. Another very important aspect to consider is the material. On the market, they come in either High-Speed Steel (HSS) or carbide. I recommend carbide bits. Carbide is carbon and metal powders fused together to form a very strong element. Carbide bits can hold a cutting edge for 15 to 20 times longer than HSS. The fine edges of high-quality bits are sharp and thick enough that they are capable of multiple uses. Also if you need to work on synthetic materials like MDF or Plastic carbide bits are better. They have a longer lifespan provided they are stored well. Storage is so crucial that you should buy a set with a good case. The disadvantages of carbide are the high cost. Carbide comes in four forms from C1(monograde) to C4. Monograde is the highest quality and tends to be costly. Some manufacturers can also temper with the ratio of carbide to steel. This results in a router bit with very little carbide and cheaper steal. Whereas HSS is affordable it can usually cost half the price of carbide. The other advantage is that the bits can be easily sharpened if blunt. Yet, they tend to go blunt quick.

5 Router bit types that you should have
Now that we have given you a brief background on router bits. It is worth noting that a workshop needs a set of router bits. You might have realized that router bit sets come in many sizes from 5 bits, 10, 15 and upwards of 70-80 router bits. This often becomes very confusing to beginners. Experience has shown me five router bits used the most in a workshop.

The essential five types of router bits are Straight bits, Round over bits, Ogee bits, Rabbeting bits and Chamfer bits.

Straight bits is in the class of a field or surface cutting bit. This is because it has side and bottom cutting edge for cutting into the work surfaces and then be moved horizontally. The bits have straight or spiral flutes. The straight bit is used to make either functional or decorative cuts. The cuts include rabbeting, tenons, mortises, inlays, dadoes, box joints and spine joints. Straight bits are more important bits if you already have a router table.
Whereas Round-over bit is an Edging-forming bit. This class of bits is for cutting decorative profiles along the edge of the workpiece or cut one or both parts of an interlocking joint. The uses include tables, shelves, and stair treads.
Ogee-bit is also an Edge-forming bit. Its uses include decorative edges on furniture, shelving and moulding.
Rabbeting-bit is another an Edge-forming bit used for cutting rabbets and lap joints. Rabbeting bits are useful if you need to work on a number of identical rabbets. Rabbeting bits can be used in a router table or a handheld router. If you need to make a picture frame, rabbeting bits are what you need.
The fifth essential bit is the Chamfer-bit this is also an Edge forming bit. It is used for making bevelled edges on boards and laminates. Tip: Raising the bit can increase the depth of the chamfer.
With these five I promise you that you can do most of the work needed in the workshop. Buying a set with more specialized bits is still good if you want to be more creative.

Router Bit Shank Size: 1/2″ vs 1/4″
Your routers could have ¼ inch or ½ inch collets, some routers can have both. With an adapter, a router that has ½” collet can work with both ½” shanks and ¼” shanks while a ¼” collet can only accept ¼” shanks.

Most professional woodworkers like ½ “ shank bits because a ½ “ shank bit is able to give you stronger and steadier cuts, especially in heavy or deep cuts compared to a ¼” shank. ½” shanks are also more durable, better at resisting breaking and vibration. Note: when choosing shank length, get the one that has the shortest shank.

Beginners, do you need an expensive router bit set?
As a professional woodworker, I like to buy high-quality bits. I already know what I needed in mind and what I am going to do with it. But what about beginners? Everybody has to start somewhere, should you buy an inexpensive router bit set? Now, a reasonable price(not cheap, do not buy cheap) router bit set that comes with a good variety of bits can be a good starting kit. They are not going to be your life-long best friend as they are not the highest quality bits, but they can offer you good learning experiences by having choices to pick what you do use and what you need, not just what you want.

After getting used to your starting kit, depending on your projects and your experiences, you might need to purchase different types of router bits later, which you already know what you want(and what you need) by then. You also don’t want to ruin your expensive bits when you just starting out due to lack of experience. A small note: a more specialized bit often costs more, so think again if you have a moment of getting something “fancy”. My advice: if you are on a budget, only buy an expensive bit if you are going to use it daily, otherwise Yonico and MLCS bits are good for the money.

However, a higher quality bit give you better results, durability, save you hours of headaches and is much safer as they could have anti-kickback designs, which provide an extra margin of safety. You’ll be surprised at how smooth a Freud router bit can cut compare to other bits. If you already know what you want for your project, go with the highest quality bits and you’ll be sleeping better at nights.

Now that we have given you enough background knowledge on the subject of router bits. The second part of my article is a guide and product reviews of 8 router bit sets. These are some of the best router bit sets I have encountered and are popular on the market these days, stay with me to discover who makes the best router bits in 2019.
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