|Review by Emeralds||posted 03-20-2009 12:53 AM||7804 views||2 times favorited||3 comments|
I’ve been looking around for good value in plug cutters and as usual decided to start at the bottom of the price ladder and work my way up. It didn’t take much time to realize that there are times when cheap simply won’t “cut” it. (pardon the pun).
After three products from as many different vendors all failed to impress, I landed at the MLCS website. I skipped right over their 8 piece plug cutter set as it was very similar to the Rockler product that I had already tested. Since a tenon cutter is essentially a beefier version of a plug cutting bit, I ordered this set in hopes that the price (10X higher than the first 3 bit set I tried) would be justified.
The set arrived nicely packaged and considerably more substantial than I had anticipated.
The bits themselves are well machined and of high quality, a pleasant surprise with Chinese made tools and one that evidences their ability to do a quality job when the price point supports it.
The half inch shanks although not hex shaped are long and provide more than adequate gripping surface for virtually any applicable chuck.
I spun up the 3/8th inch bit first at 1700 rpms (about 500 lower than the recommended speed for hardwoods) and it proceeded to cult five perfectly smooth sided, unblemished 1” plugs in less than time than it took to chuck up the bit which included my repositioning of the stock between plunges.
The 5/8ths and 3/4 inch bits preformed in exactly the same manner leaving me grinning like the Cheshire Cat.
$49.95 delivered from MLCS and a great bargain at that. The only question remaining is how well they will hold their edge.
All in all a high quality product that outperformed my expectations and delivered well beyond its price point.