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Forum topic by alittleoff posted 07-19-2017 02:47 PM 1589 views 0 times favorited 46 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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alittleoff

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07-19-2017 02:47 PM

I’m looking for some router bits and found this set. For 175.00. I have very few bits and have never used MLS bits so I wanted to know if they are any good or not. They come 1/2” or 1/4” shaft same price..
Set contains the following 66 Bits and wood case:

• 8 Straight (1/4”, 5/16”, 3/8”, 7/16”, 1/2”, 5/8:, 3/4”, 1”)
• 5 Dovetail (7.5º-1/4”, 9º-3/8”,14º-1/2”, 5/8”, 3/4)
• 6 Round Over (1/8”, 3/16”, 1/4”, 5/16”, 3/8”, 1/2”)
• 6 Cove (1/8”, 3/16”, 1/4”, 5/16”, 3/8”, 1/2”)
• 4 Chamfer (30º, 22.5º, 15º, 45º)
• 3 V-Groove (3/8”, 1/2”, 5/8”) • 2 Roman Ogee (1/4”, 5/32”)
• 3 Core Box (1/4”, 3/8”, 1/2”)
• 3 Round Nose (1/4”, 3/8”, 1/2”)
• 3 Hinge Mortising (1/2”, 5/8”, 3/4”)
• 2 Slot Cutter (1/4”, 3/8”) • 2 Flush Trim (3/8”, 1/2”)
• 2 Edge Beading (1/4”, 3/8”)
• 1 Multi Bead/Reed Bit (1/8” r)
• 1 Panel Pilot (3/8”) • 1 Bevel Trim (25º) • 1 Bevel (30º)
• 1 Groove Forming Classical (3/4”) • 1 Double Cove & Bead
• 1 Point Cutting Round Over (1/2”) • 1 Ogee Filet (1-3/8”) • 1 Flat Bottom Round Over (1/4” r)
• 1 Double Fillet and Cove (5/16” r)
• 1 Dish Cutter (1”) • 1 Keyhole (3/8”) • 1 Classical Bit (3/16” r) • 1 Rabbeting (3/8”)
• 1 Double Round Over (5/32” r)
• 1 Flat Bottom Sign Lettering (5/8” 60º)
• 1 Cove Sign Lettering (5/8” 60º)
• Plus 3 bearings and allen wrench
Thanks Gerald


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Bill White

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#1 posted 07-19-2017 03:00 PM

I don’t buy sets. Just buy what I need.
MLCS has some good bits.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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Ripper70

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#2 posted 07-19-2017 03:14 PM

Read this post by the inimitable knotscott. The answer to your question lies within:

Strategies For Choosing Router Bits

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alittleoff

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#3 posted 07-19-2017 03:16 PM

Here is a picture of the set.

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Loren

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#4 posted 07-19-2017 03:18 PM

The only type of bit I recommend buying
a set of is roundover bits. You’ll use
those. In those big sets you won’t ever
use most of the bits.

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alittleoff

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#5 posted 07-19-2017 05:17 PM

I don’t want to read a book on router bits or to know what type to buy, just are MCLS Bits any good. I know what type I want.
Thanks

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ArtMann

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#6 posted 07-19-2017 06:19 PM

I am a CNC router user and I go through a lot of bits. I have tried MLCS and Eagle America (same company) router bits and they are decidedly inferior to Whiteside or Freud. They don’t cut as well when new and they don’t last as long as either of these brands, in my experience. I am sure there are other good brands but these are usually the ones I use.

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edapp

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#7 posted 07-19-2017 06:31 PM

If you want a short answer…

Skip the set. Buy the bits you need from Whiteside (i get mine on amazon).

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knotscott

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#8 posted 07-19-2017 07:42 PM

If you’re going to buy a set, buy a small set of the most common basic profiles, so you’re not spending big money on low quality bits, many of which will be near duplicates or bits you’re not likely to use. For less money you can buy a great quality set of basic Whiteside or Infinity bits, then add specialty profiles as needed. Assuming your router accepts them, buy 1/2” shank bits whenever feasible.

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lew

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#9 posted 07-19-2017 09:07 PM

You might check this-
http://www.routerforums.com/router-bits-types-usage/107929-mlcs-router-bit-quality.html

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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DrDirt

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#10 posted 07-19-2017 09:16 PM

I have a set like that – in 1/2 inch shanks and it is fine. It was a gift.

I only use a handful of them I still found I needed to get some spiral upcut bits in 1/4 and some top bearing pattern bits, to do template stuff making recessed pockets. So the bearing would follow the mdf pattern to make a mortise in a table top for legs.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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DanceParty

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#11 posted 07-19-2017 09:40 PM

Generally, I’ve never heard anything good about those “all-in-one” router bit sets. They burn up pretty quickly. As others have said just purchase them as you need them. Looking at the picture you posted

I’ve always had good luck with Freud and Whiteside. If you don’t have any decent router bits and are looking to retool, KnotScott recommended a really good set to have. Another great set would be a roundover set from Whiteside—purchasing the set will save you a ton of money verse buying them individually.

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JackDuren

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#12 posted 07-19-2017 09:41 PM

One difference is you will have options most won’t because you will already have the bits.

Looking at the set, I have used most of the bits pictured this year. If you want options it looks reasonable to me for the price.

As far a 1/4 shaft…....Only if I have too on small bits…

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Tony_S

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#13 posted 07-19-2017 09:51 PM

$2.65/router bit…...you get what you pay for.

-- It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

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JackDuren

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#14 posted 07-19-2017 11:18 PM


$2.65/router bit…...you get what you pay for.

- Tony_S

Not always. The bearings cost that…

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JackDuren

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#15 posted 07-19-2017 11:22 PM


Generally, I ve never heard anything good about those “all-in-one” router bit sets. They burn up pretty quickly. As others have said just purchase them as you need them. Looking at the picture you posted

I ve always had good luck with Freud and Whiteside. If you don t have any decent router bits and are looking to retool, KnotScott recommended a really good set to have. Another great set would be a roundover set from Whiteside—purchasing the set will save you a ton of money verse buying them individually.

- DanceParty

When I started there was only Craftsman brand. I have China made bits that work fine for here and there. If you use a bit a lot I would move up to something better than Freud or whiteside…

I always here”you can never have enough clamps”, But you can. Having enough router bits, now that’s can be a problem…

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