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Forum topic by mikeho posted 02-25-2011 06:06 AM 1005 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-25-2011 06:06 AM

Which brand is the best? I am looking at Rockler, MLCS or Whiteside from Woodcraft. Alot of reviews that say the bits break easy on Rockler and MLCS, I haven’t seen anything on Whiteside but would assume it is better quality. Is it worth the price difference.

-- Mike, Thedford NE

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#1 posted 02-25-2011 06:45 AM

I have one. I think I broke the bit routing guitar bridge slots with it.

The reason the bits break is because they are thin and brittle. Carbide
spiral bits will break in 1/4” and under sizes. It’s not a question of if, it’s

I thought the inlay set was a waste of money because it only lends
itself to making rounded amoeba-like shapes. Nature of the tool. If
you like blobby inlays or just want to do circles and ovals it would be
useful to you I suppose.

I did like the bit. I think I got the kit from MLCS a long, long time ago.

I’d wager all the brands are pretty much the same.

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#2 posted 02-25-2011 02:20 PM

I use Whiteside bits for all my precision work. The small carbide spirals are indeed fragile. I tried two inexpensive 1/8” or so bits (1/4” shank) and promptly broke both of them in my router table. I didn’t think I was being heavy handed, but… maybe. I since replaced them with Whiteside bits and have had no problem. Precision inlays are best done with a Dremel and a Stewart-MacDonald router base (the Stewart-MacDonald small to tiny carbide bits for the Dremel seem to work well also). Hope you find this helpful.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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