The first thing to know is that there are also many different types of routers and horsepower to choose from. Of course, each one has its purpose and particular uses. One thing many people get confused over is that a router is a router and a trimmer is a trimmer. Two different tools; two different uses.
Router bits come in either 1/4″ or 1/2″ shanks. Which to use mainly depends on the size of the bit you are using. Trimmer bits come in either 1/8″ or 1/4″ sizes. Most trimmers are used for finer things like when trimming laminate. Trimmers usually spin faster than a larger router. In this video, I explain how to use a larger router with a 1/2″ shank bit.
A wood router has to be one of the coolest tools on the market. You can do anything with one.
You can buy a simple set of router bits to get started or if the sky’s the limit you can go out and get one of those fancy sets with so many bits you won’t know which one to use first. Ever hear of that say “You get what you pay for” So very true with the router bit. The cheap ones only last for so long and maybe not that long. But you can buy one of those sets for as low as $25. Or you spend more than $100. on a single bit. I know I have many times. So it all comes down to you. And of course, what you want it to and what you can do with it.
I went as far as having router bits custom-made for me. I mean think about if you’re trying to match existing trim or something and have no other choice then that’s what you will have to do. And yes big bucks.