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Bosch announced today that they’re adding 78 new router bits to their already-extensive 550 bit product line.  The new bits will fall into the following classifications: cabinetry/joinery, straight mortising, surface forming, edge forming, slotting/arbors, trimming/cutout, and solid surface bits.  In short: There are no new bit shapes.  Instead, almost every part of their line gets a new bit or two to fill in size gaps.

One other interesting fact: Bosch actually produces the carbide for its bits, giving them an iron-fisted grip on the quality-control throughout the vertical.  They say this additional level of QC increases the quality of their bits, and we tend to agree; Material quality is a major factor in the construction of quality cutting tools.

 

3 Responses to News: 78 New Router Bits for Bosch

  1. Steve says:

    I learned the hard way not to trust Harbor Freight to supply my router bits. I usually buy Bosch or CMT and can’t complain about anything except the price. But, as is the case with most things, you get what you pay for.

  2. Tim says:

    Have you guys done any reviews of routers and/or a roundup like you did for wire-feed welders? I didn’t see anything on the “posts by tool type”

    I’m getting to the point where I know that I probably could use a router on a bunch of different projects that I have planned, but have no idea what to buy and how much money I need to spend for decent quality.

    Any pointers would be great. Thanks!
    Tim

  3. TL says:

    Tim,
    The BOSH, and Porter Cable convertible routers seem to win most of the “Best Buy” type of awards. For $200-$250 you get a variable speed motor that moves easily between the included fixed and plunge style bases. The plunge style base is great for projects where you are moving the router and the project is stationary, while the fixed base is the correct choice for mounting in a router table. Buying the kit with both bases gives you the best of both worlds. The only downside of these models is that you can’t get the monster power (>3.5 Hp) that some of the larger models produce. Unless you are running really big bits in very dense stock it shouldn’t pose an issue.

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