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Forum topic by dschlic1 posted 10-12-2014 07:09 PM 980 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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dschlic1

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10-12-2014 07:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question router milling

l started to pratice making various types of joints with my Incra jig and router. However it looks like I will need to get some better router bits. So I did some research on Incra router bit sets. Top of the line appears to be Whiteside, Infinity or Frued. These sets run around $110. However MLCS has a set for about half of that. Has anyone used the MLCS bits with the Incra jointing system?


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#1 posted 10-13-2014 02:43 AM

I thought somebody would have responded by now.

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#2 posted 10-13-2014 03:01 AM

I’m guessing no response means no one reading you post has used the MLCS bits with the Incra jointing system? I haven’t.

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#3 posted 10-13-2014 04:57 PM

I bought the Incra router system and studied what bits to buy. Reviews indicated that Freud bits were a tiny bit undersized so I decided to get the Whiteside as recommended by Incra. They are not cheap, but the Incra system depends so much on precision that I thought it smart to take the advice of the manufacturer. I have not been disappointed. Each Whiteside bit I have I consider a prize and they perform perfectly. If you own a Mercedes and need a part you go to the Mercedes dealer. I started with the dovetail/straight bit combo from Incra but since then I get my Whitesides from a dealer in Pennsylvania by ordering on line and get them tax free and free shipping for purchases over $30. The number for the dealer is 800-266-0699 and the website is www.woodworkersworld.net and the owner used to sell DML, Bosch, Porter-Cable, Freud and Onsrud but is now solely a Whiteside guy. His prices are 20% less than suggested retail. Good luck.

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#4 posted 10-13-2014 06:37 PM

From my experience with my Incra tools, I have found that you need a bit that is exactly the dimension that it claims to be. IE a 1/4 ” bit needs to be exactly 1/4” for your joints to be accurate and not too tight or too loose. Measure the bit with your dial caliper to be sure. The better bits are more accurately sized IMHO. Whiteside, Amana, and most Bosch bits are OK. I have had some Freud and Oldham bits that were undersized enough to give me fits. Not all, but some. This is true in straight and dovetail bits. Spend a little more, and you will be much happier with the results, or measure each bit before you buy them. I have had no experience with the MLCS bits, so I can’t address them specifically

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dschlic1

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#5 posted 10-14-2014 05:00 PM

I decided to go with the Whiteside router bit set. I have found several comments on the web about Frued bits being too small. And no comments at all on the MCLS. Also Hartville Tool is selling the Whiteside 605 bit set for $85 which is ten dollars than elsewhere.

So I want to thank everyone, and when I complete my first project(s) I will post them here.

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#6 posted 10-15-2014 10:46 AM



I decided to go with the Whiteside router bit set. I have found several comments on the web about Frued bits being too small. And no comments at all on the MCLS. Also Hartville Tool is selling the Whiteside 605 bit set for $85 which is ten dollars than elsewhere.

So I want to thank everyone, and when I complete my first project(s) I will post them here.

- dschlic1

Wise choice.

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#7 posted 10-15-2014 11:38 AM

I used to have that router system and I did use some MLS bits but measure them to be safe. I sold it but still have the dovetail bits collecting dust.

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#8 posted 10-15-2014 02:12 PM

Measure the shaft diameters before using them. I have the Whiteside set & one of the dovetail bits was almost .002” undersize. It slipped in the collet & damaged several pieces of wood before I realized what was going on. They were great about replacinng the bit, and did a full inventory inspection of the particular item – but I still ate some wood & a lot of time. I was told their tolerance is +/- .0005”.

Note, one oddball sized dovetail bit is pawned off in the set – sold as an Incra set – that is a size none of the Incra scales use. The set is still a good deal compared to the individual costs of the bits, but I found that to be a disappointing, obvious Marketing Dept scam.

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