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05-31-2010 04:29 AM

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I currently have… many router bits. It seems like I keep getting duplicates for some reason when theres a sale.
Wondering how big your stash is!

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#1 posted 05-31-2010 04:33 AM

For me it seems I never have enough have good size but could use more.

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#2 posted 05-31-2010 04:34 AM

I haven’t counted but I would guess 200-250.

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#3 posted 05-31-2010 05:08 AM

I have 2 cheap 1/4”shank starter sets I don’t use anymore. A 15 piece 1/4”shank carbide bit set. Now I buy 1/2” shank bits and have about 15 of them. I buy them as I need them so my collection has only just begun.

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#4 posted 05-31-2010 01:48 PM

probably about 100 or so, of which I use about 5 with any regularity.

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#5 posted 05-31-2010 02:55 PM

Jim, that’s only 5/router, so you actually have less than everyone else. :-)

I’ve probably got around 50-60 different styles, accumulated over the last 20+ years.

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#6 posted 05-31-2010 03:03 PM

I counted 47 bits with a 1/4” shank. I only use 3-4 of these because I do not have a 1/2” shank version of those bits. For example, a 1/16” diameter straight bit is only available with a 1/4” shank. I have one.

I count 38 bits with a 1/2” shank. I use about a dozen on a regular basis. However, I have used most of them at least once.

I’ve recently discovered how much I like the spiral up-cut straight bits – both with and without a guide bearing on the end. I currently have 3, but I am going to get more.

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#7 posted 05-31-2010 03:12 PM

Somewhere in the neighborhood of 150, mostly 1/2” shank. I got one of the big sets from Eagle for Christmas a few years ago and for a mid range priced set of bits they are very nice

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#8 posted 05-31-2010 03:15 PM

I got like 72 i beleive, Picked up a cheap set from ebay, pitbull or something like that, Great bits actually, but i really should look into a speed control for my router, But i’m pretty sure its a soft-start so i might have to tool up again. The thing is that some of those heavier bits just need to be run a touch slower, i make alot of passes!

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#9 posted 05-31-2010 03:16 PM

P.S, ThatWoodworkingguy, are you the same woodworking guy of the fame?

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#10 posted 05-31-2010 03:40 PM

I think maybe 125 to 150. Most 1/2” shanks, but a few 1/4” for my palm routers

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#11 posted 05-31-2010 05:03 PM

150 or so.

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#12 posted 05-31-2010 05:20 PM

Somewhere between 75 and 150. Strictly router bits.

My sheet router holds a lot more than router bits though, so in total I have 500+ bits I use on it.

I bounce around between bits all the time. I guess the “core group” would be about 20.

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#13 posted 05-31-2010 05:29 PM

Without counting, probably 100-150.

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#14 posted 05-31-2010 05:47 PM

Just counted 21. All 1/2” save one 1/4” straight bit.

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#15 posted 05-31-2010 10:18 PM

I have about 50-60 router bits. Mostly 1/2” shank because I rarely get a 1/4” shank bit any more. I have only two routers, and they both will receive 1/2” shank bit which are much more stable.

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