A Brief Introduction to Router Bits

Published On: August 8, 2020

If you are working in the manufacturing factory or you are a woodwork fan, you must be familiar with router bits. But can you really explain what is router bit is or what the router bit is used for? Now you may feel like a fishing bone in your throat. Ready to type router bit into Google? Don’t be so hurry, because, in this article, you will get a brief introduction to router bits.
Let’s finish the first question: what a Router Bit is?


On Wikipedia, it explains a router bit like this: “A router is a hand tool or power tool that routs (hollows out) an area in hard material, such as wood or plastic.” But if you talk with your friends and explain with your friends what is a router bit, to say a router bit is a hand tool or power tool is not enough to show your proficiency. So how do we explain what is the router bit? Except for the words from Wikipedia, you can also add this introduction into your words: “A rotary cutter is a rotary cutting tool with one or more cutter teeth and there are mainly two types of the rotary cutter, they are router cutter with hole set and router cutter with shank”. And at the end of the words, you can show the person a picture of a router bit.
Like a straight router bit.

I believe there will be no one who cannot understand what is the router bit after you do such a detailed explanation of router bits.

So now we have finished the first question, let’s go to the second one: what is the router bit used for?

This is an easier question for people who know router bits to answer. But router bits can be used in many places. So in this article, we will only talk about some of them. Here, I tear this question into two parts.

Machines you can use router bits on

First, we need to know that router bits can be used in CNC machines or you can also use them on the power tool or hand tools. Although the router bit is used for woodworking, it is very sharp and has a high RPM. So for safety’s sake, be careful when you use these tools to process your tools. Let’s back to our topic. So now we know where a router bit is mounted on. Next, we will talk about where can we use them.


Router bits are mainly used to cut off the allowance, and it is mainly used in woodworking, especially cabinetry. There are different types of router bits and they can are mainly used to process woods or plastics. Nowadays, many factories are using tungsten carbide router bits in CNC machines, which feature high wear resistance and good hot hardness. But there are also many other router bits, like high-speed steel (HSS) router bits and platinum router bits.

After the brief introduction to the router bit, I believe now you know what router bit is and what are they used for. And at the end of the article, I want to say that no matter whether you are working in factories or just a DIY enthusiast, be careful when you are using these high-speed running tools. After all, safety should always be the first.

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