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Forum topic by SgtVrooman posted 1497 days ago 2552 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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SgtVrooman

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1497 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: precision bits router bits

http://precisionbits.com/page.html?chapter=0&id=2

Has anyone ever heard of these guys before or used them? I have used a set of their panel bits with success but then again I have never owned the really expensive kind.

I’m just wondering if I should go ahead and get some more or not, any advice is good advice. Thanks.


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GuyK

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#1 posted 1497 days ago

SGT, I have never heard of this company before, but after looking at the website their pricing is great, I may give them a try. I am curious now if anyone else on LJ has used or heard of them. Thanks for posting this topic.

-- Guy Kroll www.thelandsathillsidefarms.org

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David Craig

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#2 posted 1497 days ago

The yellow color reminds me of the Harbor Freight cabinet sets I would see at the store and are about the same price range. I would be a little skeptical.

I recently read a fine woodworking article on router bits and a quality comparison of each major brand. For high end brands, Whiteside was rated the best, Eagle was up there as well with Freud only being slightly behind. For low to mid range bits, MCLS were rated fair but not poor. They went by burning and splintering, as well as how much sanding would be involved to fix the cuts after they were made.

I have had experience with MCLS, Pricecutter (which is the same as Eagle only made in China as adverse to America), Porter Cable, Bosch, and Harbor Freight (first bit purchase that I realized quickly was a mistake), I can tell you that the few bucks you save you will pay in spades with the work invested afterwards. Whiteside and MCLS ship for free. MCLS bits will require some work after a cut, but not too bad. The harbor freight bits burn so bad on some woods that sanding becomes qutie the arduous task.

Personally, I would stay away from bits that offer this kind of pricing.

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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richgreer

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#3 posted 1497 days ago

I’ll only add that MCLS offers both their standard bits and a higher grade of bit they call “Katana”. The Katana bits are a little more expensive but still reasonably priced. I have purchased several and I am quite happy with them.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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SgtVrooman

36 posts in 1868 days


#4 posted 1497 days ago

The Precision bits use a C3 carbide and if I am correct I think MCLS uses a C2 carbide, meaning that MCLS bits use a softer carbide that will need to be sharpened more.

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