HF Inlay kit vs MLCS inlay kit

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Forum topic by Scott C. posted 06-03-2013 10:56 PM 958 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Scott C.

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06-03-2013 10:56 PM

Broke the Harbor Freight bit on the second pass. Can I expect a stronger bit from the MLCS kit? I think maybe I need to slow down when pushing the router, and possibly pick up a trim router for better control.

-- measure twice, cut once, swear and start over.

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#1 posted 06-03-2013 11:07 PM

I have found it is pretty easy to break the 1/8” bit in those kits. I am using the Whiteside kit now, and it has worked flawlessly on many inlays. It is solid carbide. I go slow, and only rout 3/16” deep.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 06-04-2013 12:26 AM

I’ve got the Freud inlay set, and break those bits pretty easily too….it’s just the nature of a 1/8” bit.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#3 posted 06-04-2013 01:46 AM

I use the solid carbide 1/8” spiral bits from Grizzly and haven’t broken one yet. I do take multiple shallow passes (usually 1/8” in harder woods). I did break straight fluted bits regularly.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 06-04-2013 03:06 AM

Scott...Agreed with above comments….shallow passes are best with such a small diameter bit….solid carbide and/or spiral bits are better suited…a trim router is handy for a lot of tasks like edge forming for example…easy to control….
good luck with your inlays

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#5 posted 06-04-2013 04:49 AM

HF bit looks lousy but works. I mostly use my Diablo 1/8 but have not had any problems when using the HF.

-- Loyd, San Angelo, TX

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