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Forum topic by nardir posted 10-24-2011 03:30 AM 2419 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-24-2011 03:30 AM

I’m looking to buy some new router bits, and was wondering if anyone ever came across the MLCS 66 piece set, and if it was worth getting?

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#1 posted 10-24-2011 03:34 AM

I buy bits from MLCS all the time. I don’t buy sets, but use their three wing bits alot. I also buy their spiral cut bits. The bits I buy get a lot of use, so they’re throw aways. Price is right and the free shipping is a plus.

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#2 posted 10-24-2011 03:40 AM

I don’t have that set, but I did receive a 15-bit set for Christmas last year and the bits that I’ve used so far have been fine in a low-volume hobby shop

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#3 posted 10-24-2011 04:34 AM

I’ve used MLCS (and Katana) bits for years and they’ve always worked well for me. I don’t buy sets, however, since many of them would probably go unused while others got worn out.

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#4 posted 10-24-2011 12:51 PM

MCLS are good value Asian import bits, but I’m not a fan of large sets in general, so I’d at least suggest one of the smaller sets like their 15 pc set for $40 shipped. Large sets still require a large cash outlay, but you simply end up with a larger quantity of cheaper bits that are made of largely near duplicates of each other (for most of us there are only a handful of regularly used bits). Add specialty bits as needed.

For about the same amount of total money spent, my preference is to upgrade the quality and get a smaller set like the Whiteside 7 piece basic set of the most commonly used profiles for ~ $90 shipped, then add individual bits as needed (Holbren offers 10% off to Woodnet, SMC,and BT3 forum members using (“woodnet10”, “SMC10”, and “BT310”). These are premium American made cutters that top every comparison I’ve ever read…they’ll perform beautifully, will last a long time,and are worth having resharpened when needed. Infinity has a similar set. I’m more likely to lean toward the lower cost import bits for the less used specialty profiles.

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#5 posted 10-24-2011 03:14 PM

I once bought a 24 piece set of bits from Woodcraft and I have added some speciality bits over the years. I have a total of about 40 bits, but in actual practice I only use about 6 bits on a regular basis. My point is that when you buy a large set you often end up buying a lot of bits you will never use or very seldom use.

Regarding MLCS – I consider them to be a good mid-level bit. The free shipping makes it cheaper to buy one bit at a time. Other places usually have a minimum shipping charge so you feel like you need to buy multiple items to keep the shipping cost per item low.

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