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bluekingfisher

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11-09-2011 11:06 AM

Has anyone any experience of the router bit supplier MLCS?

What is the quality of the router bits and have they a good after sales reputation.

Thanks in advance.

David

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan


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#1 posted 11-09-2011 01:21 PM

Almost all of my bits are from MLCS. They are fine bits and their after sales service cannot be beat. As long as you buy them directly from MLCS, they have a no questions asked refund/replacement policy. Their premier line of Katana bits are just superb.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 11-09-2011 01:24 PM

Thanks Gene, that will do for me.

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#3 posted 11-09-2011 02:39 PM

David,
1+ what Gene said, and their tri-wing bits also work great. I use them and the spiral cut bits all the time.

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#4 posted 11-09-2011 02:41 PM

Many thanks Tim, thanks for the feedback.

David

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#5 posted 11-09-2011 02:41 PM

MLCS makes good quality bargain imports. They’re not at Whiteside or Infinity level IMO, but are very good for the price, and are better quality than the lowest price junk bits. Reputable company.

Ironically, I read recently that MLCS had bought Eagle America, which would add a top level bit to their arsenal…Eagle America bits are made by Whiteside. I haven’t seen any confirmation yet, and it’s probably too early on for there to be any difference at this point.

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#6 posted 11-09-2011 02:57 PM

Knotts – Every piece of info is welcome when considering buying something for the first time. Overall it appears they are a company worth doing business with. I’m a hobbist so tye bits won’t be subjected to hours on end of continious work. I’m sure they’ll serve me well.

Thanks again

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#7 posted 11-09-2011 04:11 PM

I echo what Scott said; MLCS bits are decent quality, but definitely not whitesides.

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#8 posted 11-09-2011 04:36 PM

I have bought a lot of my bits from them and i am really pleased with every thing i have purchased. I would like to add that there prices aren’t to bad either.

-- Lumberdog.. Morley, Michigan

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#9 posted 11-09-2011 04:37 PM

I’ve used MLCS bits for years. When I couldn’t find a bit that fit my gear making, they helped me subcontract to a bit-maker in New Jersey. Great company!

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#10 posted 11-09-2011 04:39 PM

Gents thank you for the feedback.

I have a catolouge form over 3 years ago. I have just checked their website and the prices remain the same.

I’m now convinced and committed to buying from them. thanks.

David

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#11 posted 11-09-2011 04:40 PM

Thanks Charles, sounds like they have a good customer care programme too. Much appreciated.

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#12 posted 11-09-2011 05:10 PM

Mornin’ David,

I’ll echo what nearly eveyone said about MLCS bits. Ive used them for years, also, and have never had a problem with them at all..They are really good, and I’ve only broke one that I recall, but it was my fault. It was a 1/4” spiral upcut and I was trying to feed it too fast, and taking too much of a bite when it snapped (in my beginner years). I’ve probably got about 60 bits, and 3/4 of them are MLCS….the others are Freud…..

I also bought a dovetail jig several years ago, and it’s not a Leigh or high-dollar jig, but decent for the $$$. At least there is no plastic on it like some….all metal…. It’s still in the box….brand new….never used it…I like making box joints better. They stay in contact with their customers, and send out catalogs often. One note: Like any router bit, they require sharpening and cleaning after a lot of hard use….but who’s don’t ? I would pick up a few and give them a try….then you be the judge…I think you’ll like them…..Ok pal, that’s my pitch.

Edit: I would highly recommend using the 1/2” shank bits over the 1/4”, if your router can handle that size. There might be occassions when you need the 1/4”, but I try to stay away from using them if at all possible.


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#13 posted 11-09-2011 05:26 PM

Afternoon Rick, thanks for the input buddy, The feedback I have had has been very positive from the guys. There is a couple of things on their site I have been looking at. I was going to buy the CMT cabinet making set. I have the CMT door making set and find it a good piece of kit. The £300+ price tag on the CMT set put me off a little. I saw a similar MLCS set for about a 1/3 of the price and naturally wondered if at the price it would be junk….obviously not it would apear.

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#14 posted 11-09-2011 05:27 PM

MLCS has a wide variety of bits and I particularly like their free shipping policy. If I need a particular bit, I have no reservation about just ordering one bit.

When you have to pay for shipping, you often feel like you need to order several items to get your money’s worth out of the shipping cost.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#15 posted 11-09-2011 05:42 PM

Rich, I agree, unfortunately for me the free shipping doesn’t extend to the UK, so I may have to buy some extra stuff, now that is a shame…................having to buy more tools.

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