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Forum topic by festus77 posted 05-07-2010 01:04 AM 5602 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-07-2010 01:04 AM

I’m interested in buying the MLCS Matched Rail & Stile Set Shaker Profile 1/2” Shank #8837 router bit set, but cannot find any information on where they are made. Does anyone here know?

Thanks alot,

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#1 posted 05-07-2010 02:00 AM

FWIW a bit I ordered from MLCS had “made in China” on the sleeve. But MLCS stuff tends to be higher quality than the usual knockoffs – at least that’s the prevailing opinion on the web.

Not sure where their higher end Katana bits are made.

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#2 posted 05-07-2010 02:25 AM

Thanks for the reply, live4ever. I’m not at all concerned about the MLCS bits quality. This brand has an excellent reputation. I just have an aversion to supporting a communist economy WHEN there is an option available. I’ll spend the extra dough on Whiteside, if necessary.

Once again, thanks for letting me know,

-- “We have constructed a world in which the potential for high-tech catastrophe is embedded in the fabric of day-to-day life.” Malcolm Gladwell

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#3 posted 05-07-2010 02:32 AM

Are Whiteside made in USA? Just curious.

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#4 posted 05-07-2010 02:45 AM

Yes, they are!

-- “We have constructed a world in which the potential for high-tech catastrophe is embedded in the fabric of day-to-day life.” Malcolm Gladwell

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#5 posted 05-07-2010 02:36 PM

Before I retired I did quite a bit of work in China. I actually assisted in the creation of a new company in China. China has a formerly communist economy that is in the process of transitioning to capitalism. How the Chinese economy works today is much more complicated than I care to get into in this forum but the bottom line is I like to support the capitalistic components of the Chinese economy to help them and encourage them.

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#6 posted 05-07-2010 03:07 PM

Whiteside and Eagle America bits are made in the USA….some or all of the Infinity bits might be but I’m not sure.

MLCS’s Katana line is also from Asia, but I’m not sure whether their from Taiwan or China.

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#7 posted 05-07-2010 03:09 PM

MLCS bits are a good value but you cannot compare them to Whiteside.The MLCS and other value brands just dont stay sharp as long.If I know I am just going to use a bit a few times I will buy MLCS or Woodline but if I know I am going to be using the bit often I will spend the extra money and get the Whiteside.Eagle America is also US made and I have heard they are the exact same bits as Whiteside.Freud is made in Italy

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#8 posted 05-07-2010 03:44 PM

I don’t recall 100%, but I think my MLCS 66pc bit set was marked Taiwan, not China.

Not to go political here or anything, but trying to avoid communist economies is seemingly going to be pointless here fairly soon if some folks have their way… Unless of course you go black market…

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#9 posted 05-07-2010 03:49 PM

I do not endorse mlcs at all. Everything I have bought from them is junk and the carbide chips like crazy. Go for whiteside or amana. the amana is the sharpest bits I have ever seen.

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#10 posted 05-09-2010 04:14 AM

I bought few MLCS bits when I first started out, especially because it offers free shipping. A set of 5 straight bits are among the ones I got. I thought the quality of the cuts I got from these bits were acceptable, until I decided to try out the Infinity bits. I found that for little extra cost, there are much better quality bits compared to MLCS.

Few weeks back, I was building a cross cut sled out of MDF. Since i didn’t have any other 1/4” diameter straight bits in hand, I decided to pull out the MLCS set and use the 1/4” from it. The board I was cutting the groove in was 1/2” MDF. I had 4 grooves to rout and on the second one, I heard a strange noise, something you don’t hear while routing. Stopping the router, I noticed that the bit actually had broken off, not just the carbide chipping. It broke at the junction of the shank (1/2”) and the narrower portion of the bit. Luckily, the piece was lodged in the MDF enough that it didnt fly out of the router base.

Sorry for getting into the discussion of the quality of the MLCS bits, the original question was where they are made. But, I thought I should let others know of quality if they are planning to buy these bits.

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#11 posted 05-10-2010 10:12 AM

A lot of people seem to like these bits. I have heard people lump Amana in the category of high quality, but I also have experience the breaking of a 1/4” shanked straight bit in the shaft with an Amana bit. I’d say it had a lot to do with my technique though. Too fast and too deep. I am looking to aquire some MCLS bits too.

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