Best Router Bits 2018 Reviews and Comparisons

Finding the right bit for the job is crucial. Your whole task depends on it. Making a mistake in your chose will affect the outcome of your job and potently seriously harm it. This is why we have decided to put together a few options of router bit sets so you will always have the right bit for the task ahead.

Product reviews

Router bit types and sizes:
  • Core Box 1/8"R, 1/4"R
  • V Grooving 1/2"
  • Round Nose 1/4"R
  • Mortising 1/2"
  • Dovetail 1/2, 1/4"
  • Straight 1/8", 1/4", 3/98", 1/2", 3/4"
  • Panel Pilot 1/4"
  • Flush Trim 3/8" 1/2", 3/8" 1", 1/2" 1/2", 1/2" 1", 3/4" 1"
  • Chamfer 1/2"
  • Cove 1/4R, 3/8"R
  • Rabbeting 1/4", 5/16", 3/8"
  • Classical Cove 5/16"R
  • Mave Edge 3/16"R
  • Beading 1/2"R
  • Double Roman 3/16"R, 1/4"R
  • Roman Ogee 5/32"R, 1/4"C
  • Rounder Over 1/4"R, 3/8"R, 1/2"R

This router bit set has a 4.5 out of 5 stars rating. It is the new shank ¼ bits. There are 35 peace in the kit and they are made by EDMBG. They are made with a carbide tip so will last longer with less maintenance. It also includes a custom made aluminium carrying case with a handle. Providing a place to keep you bits and do not need to worry that they will get lost.

Pros
  • It is a carbide tipped
  • It comes in a custom-made aluminium case
Cons
  • It doesn’t deliver to all country’s

Router bit types and sizes:

  • Keyhole 3/8”, 1/2"
  • Dado 5/8”, 1/2” 3/4”
  • Slotting 3/8”, 1/4”, 1/2” (depth)
  • Beading 3/8”R, 1/8”R, 1/4”R
  • Chamfer 15, 22.5, 30, 45 (degrees)
  • Dovetail 1/4” 7.5, 3/8” 9, 1/2” 14, 5/8” 14, 3/4”
  • Profile Groove bowl, chamfer, point round over, flat round over, classical roman ogee
  • V-Groove 90, 90, 90, 60, 60 (degrees)
  • Standard trim 1/2”, 3/8”, 1/2”, 3/8”
  • Bevel Trim 30 (degrees)
  • Panel Pilot Trim 1”
  • Standard Length Core Box 1/2”, 3/8”, 1/4”
  • Long Reach Core Box 1/4”, 3/8”, 1/2”
  • Cove 1/8”R, 3/16”R, 1/4”R, 5/16”R, 3/8”R, 1/2”R
  • Round Over 1/8”R, 3/16”R, 1/4”R, 5/16”R, 3/8”R, 1/2”R
  • Double Round Over x1
  • Classical roman Ogee x1
  • Roman Ogee 1/4”R 5/32"R
  • Ogee Fillet x1
  • French Provincial x1
  • Classical Cove x1
  • Standard Straight 3/4”, 3/8”, 1/2”, 3/8”, 1/4”, 7/32”
  • Straight Bottom Cleaning 1”
  • Straight Undersized Plywood 31/64”, 23/32”

The Yonico 17702 is a 70-bit kit. It has ½-inch shank and is rated 4 out of 5 in its consumer reviews. With the carbide tip, this product will last longer and will not have to be sharpened as much. In addition, it has been fitted in a custom wooden box, and also has carved form to give your bits the ultimate protection.

Pros
  • You have a large range and verity of bits
  • It is Carbide tipped 1/2” shanks
Cons
  • It is slightly more expensive than our top option.

Router bit types and sizes:

  • Slotting 1/4”, 3/8”, 1/2”
  • Roman Ogee 1/4”R, 1/8”R
  • Classical Cove 5/16”
  • Double Ogee 3/16”R
  • Double Round-Over 5/32”R
  • Chamfer 15, 22.5, 30, 45 (degrees)
  • French Baroque x1 – Ogee Flute 3/16”R
  • Corner Bead 3/16”R, 1/8”R
  • Triple Bead 1/8”R
  • Cove 1/2”R, 3/8”R 5/16”R, 1/4”R, 3/16”R, 1/8”R
  • Double Roman Ogee Groove x1
  • Cove Groove x1
  • Bowl & Tray 1/4”R
  • 1/4” T-Track 3/8”, 1/2”
  • Round-Over 1/2”R, 3/8”R, 5/15”R, 1/4”R, 3/16”R, 1/18”R
  • Bevel Trim 25 (degrees)
  • 3/4” Mortising with Gullet 3/4”, 5/8”, 1/2”
  • Flat Bottom V-Groove x1
  • V-Groove 90, 90, 90, 60, 60
  • Round Nose 1/4” 5/16”, 3/8” 1/2”, 1/2” 5/8”
  • Dovetail 1/4” 7.5, 3/8” 9, 1/2 14, 5/8” 14, 3/4” 14
  • Core Box 1/4”, 3/8”, 1/2”
  • Mortising 1” 5/8”
  • Straight 1/4” 1/2”, 3/8” 1”, 31/64” 3/4”, 1/2” 1”, 5/8” 3/4”, 23/34” 3/4”, 7/34” 3/4”, 3/4” 3/4"
  • Flush Trim 1/2”, 1”, 1/2”, 1”
  • Panel Trim x1
  • Point-Cut Round Over Groove x1

The Yonico 17702Q is very similar to the 17702. It has a 4.5 star rating for the consumers and is followed up with a lifetime warranty and satisfaction guaranty. One of the differences and what it below the 17702 make is that it only has 1/4-inch shank however is also has carbide tips.

Pros
  • It comes with lifetime warranty
  • All the pieces are labelled
Cons
  • It does not have stiff secure holders so cannot be bashed about
Router bit types and sizes:
  • Straight 3/16", 1/4", 1/2", 3/4"
  • Round Over 3/8"
  • Cove 1/2"
  • Roman Ogee 5/32"
  • Chamfer 45 (degrees)
  • Flush Trim 1/2"
  • Rabbeting 3/8"
  • Dovetail 1/2" 14 (degree)
  • V-Groove 3/8"
  • Hinge Mortising 1/2"
  • Panel Pilot 1/4"
  • Round Nose 1/4"

MLCS 6077 is a wood working router kit. It is a 15-piece set, is a 1/4 inch shank, and is carbon tipped. Is has a wood storage box included so you can manoeuvre your bits about without worrying about damaging or losing them. It also includes one Allen wrench and one bearing.

Pros
  • Comes with 3 year guarantee
  • It includes a wood case
Cons
  • It Only includes 15 pieces
Router bit types and sizes:
  • Mortising 1/2''
  • Combination Bevel 1/2''
  • Groove x1
  • Round Nose 3/8'', 1/2''
  • Trimming 3/8''
  • 1/4'' Panel Pilot
  • Straight 1/4'', 3/8'', 1/2'' 3/4''
  • Flush Trim 1/2''
  • Radius Round Over 1/8'', 3/16'', 1/4'', 3/8''
  • Cove 1/4'', 3/8''
  • Chamfer 1/2''
  • Roman Ogee 1/4''
  • Slot Cutter 1/4''
  • Rabbeting 1/2''
  • Dovetail 1/2'', 14.25''
  • Shanks Fit All Routers 1/4''

This is a Stalwart multi-purpose router bit set. At our lowest price, yet it has 24 pieces and is carbide tipped. It has a case to come with it and all the bits in the case have slots, are label, and have a diagram of the cut.

Pros
  • Comes with a shank that fits all routers
  • All the slots are labelled
Cons

I does not come with warranty

Buying guide

There are three, different materials that you can go for. The material you choose will influence how many times you sharpen your bit or even have to replace your bit. Therefor you should choose wisely. The materials are: High Speed Steel, Carbide Tipped, and Solid Carbide.

High Speed Steel bits are frequently the least expense of the three. However, there is a cost for going cheap. The High Speed Steel would manage soft woods and plastics but would find it harder with harder more dense materials. It also will dull much faster that the carbide ones, so you will spend a lot of your time sharpening them up.

The Carbide Tipped router bits go up in price compared to the High Speed Steel in the middle of the two. However, you do gain a lot from the extra money. The Carbon tip gives the bit more protection from dulling, therefore will last longer without sharpening and you would be able to tackle much harder materials and surfaces, making it worth your while.

The solid carbide is the most expensive option and are not meant for just anyone. The Solid Carbide router bits are immensely strong and long lasting. They are more meant for specific applications that have a very high level of detail, and where the other types of bits would not have as high performance. You may want to choose the solid carbide bits for work on mortising, laminate trimming, or pattern cutting.

Questions

How to change router bits?

First thing you have to do is remove the base of your router. That will reveal where the router bit is held in the router. Once you have do that you need to loosen the collet, which is where the router bit should be and simply remove the router bit from its position. Then you are free to get your other router part and place it in its place. Now this is important, you do not want to tighten the collet fully with the bit in the collet. For these reasons, one is that the collet pulls slightly down on bit resulting in that if the bit is pushed up right against the bottom of the collet it will have nowhere to go so the collet will not be able to securely hold in place the bit. Secondly, if you look closely at your bit you will see that at the top of the shaft where it meets the cutting head, there is a taper if that happens to be touching the collet it will grip onto it and could shake loose resulting in that the bit again will be unsecure and could result in an accident. Therefore, what I do is I place it in completely but before tightening lift is up about half to two quarter of an inch allowing there to be a bit of room but still keeping it securely in place. Finally, you are ready to tighten the bit into place, so you start with the bottom nut, then move onto the collet and lastly tighten the top nut. Then you are ready to get going!

How sharpen router bits?

Every router bit will need sharpening in its lifetime; even if you have a high quality, carbide cannot be expected to hold its edge forever. Therefore, this will tell you the easiest way of doing it.

Sharpening router bits are much easier than many people think. You do not need an expensive complex powerful piece of machinery. All you need is a couple of diamond paddles. You are only going to use the face of them so you do not need to know some fancy finger skills. It is reasonably important that you sharpen uniformly as you want to make sue the edge is balanced to get a clean smooth cut. You can do this by doing 5 to 10 strokes on one then moving on to the next edge, and carrying on this prose until you are satisfied with the sharpness. To do this process, lay the diamond paddle on the flat surface of the flute, and hold it lightly so you can make sure it stays flat, you can start. Preferably, you should do this on a workbench to stay safe.

Conclusion

Hopefully you have found what you are looking for or that you have grasped a better sense of the products that are out there. There are so many different options out there and this site aims to narrow that search down to a minimum, making your life a lot easier

If you have any other questions or worries please contact us, or if you have any comments or improvements please leave a comment at the bottom of the page

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