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Forum topic by ScottM posted 06-09-2016 02:51 PM 774 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-09-2016 02:51 PM

I keep getting catalogs in the mail from MLCS. Lots of router bits! Their prices seem pretty reasonable. Just wondering if anyone has any horror, or romantic comedy, stories about them. Are the prices too good to be used like some stuff from HF?

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Bill White

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#1 posted 06-09-2016 03:01 PM

Pretty good value, and NO comparison with HF router bits would ever be made in my shop. Some things can be bought from HF with good results. Router bits aren’t one of them.


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#2 posted 06-09-2016 03:04 PM

They are very acceptable bits, not a Whiteside but then they aren’t priced that way.

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#3 posted 06-09-2016 03:08 PM

I haven’t bought any HF router bits either. I was just trying to make a cost comparison to HF. They sell a few decent things, but much of it is, what I consider, disposable. The MLCS prices seem pretty low so I was wondering if they too would be “disposable” at that kind of price.

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#4 posted 06-09-2016 03:52 PM

The slot cutter I tried from MLCS caused terrible chipout. I haven’t tried many of their bits, and am not inclined to buy more. I have had good luck with Amana, Whiteside, Freud and Rockler bits.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#5 posted 06-09-2016 03:56 PM

I’ve bought a round over set from them and have been pleased with them. I’ve also bought an assortment set. They ship pretty fast too.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#6 posted 06-09-2016 03:59 PM

I have a set of MLCS bits. They’re a good starter set. I can’t say I’ve had a lot of trouble with them, although they do seem to dull quicker than I’m sure the better grade bits do. Still, I’m pleased with them.

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#7 posted 06-09-2016 04:21 PM

Yeah, it was the prices of those large sets that really caught my attention and wondered about the quality.

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#8 posted 06-09-2016 06:21 PM

Their premium Katana bits are a very good value and I really like them. The others are on par with other discount sellers. I really love the free shipping.

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#9 posted 06-09-2016 06:28 PM

MLCS are a step up from HF IMO….decent value bits. Good company. Their Katana line is quite good, but when I want a premium bit I usually lean towards Whiteside or Infinity.

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#10 posted 06-09-2016 06:34 PM

I noticed that their standard bits have a 3 year warranty and the Katana have a lifetime. Now what each of those covers I’m not really sure. Probably mfg defects, but I’m not sure how that prove or disprove that.

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