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This review is from: MLCS 8377 15-Piece Router Bit Set with Carbide-Tipped 1/2-Inch Shanks (Tools & Home Improvement)
When I got my router, I needed some bits. Some folks think you should buy bits only as you need them, and to get top quality for each bit. That that costs about $25 per bit, and just doesn't make sense if there are more than two bits you KNOW you'll need.
So I bought this bit set and am very happy with it.
A couple words of warning:
1) The first time you pull these bits out of their plastic sleeves, use a rag. They are in there a bit tight due to the anti-corrosive goop that's on them. If you aren't very careful, you will slice your finger BUT GOOD on the carbide parts as you pull on them.
2) Clean that goop off with alcohol. I used denatured alcohol, but common isopropyl will probably work too. You don't want to chuck these in your router with that goop on the shanks, as it will gum up the collet. You want to clean it off the rest of the bit too, so the bits are in balance.
The box that is included is quite nice. It is pine, with a high quality latch and nice box joints at the corners.
Anyway, it is a nice set, and I don't think you really get better quality than this for paying more.
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Initial post: Sep 8, 2010 4:43:52 AM PDT
Douglas LaRico says:
Good to hear the safety tip as well as the quality story
Posted on Jul 15, 2013 9:35:18 PM PDT
Michael Bremer says:
I found your review to be very helpful. Interestingly enough, I am only about 15 minutes down the road from you. So excited to see someone on hear from so close by. McHenry, IL here! I am a beginner at routing, I suppose if I was making tons of money off of my pieces it would justify buying each bit individually. Knowing I can start out with a complete set for the cost of about 2 high quality bits, I can take it from here and know what I MAY need in the future. Thanks again!
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2014 1:56:55 AM PST
Daniel Smith says:
As a Professional custom woodworker, I will say that this is a good starter set of bits, but not to burst anyone' s bubble- I have 30+ years of experience ( as well as 2 router tables, 5 routers) I can safely say that the difference between the set & the $20-40 dollar bits I buy is like night & day- you will find this out yourself when you start working w/ twisted or knotty grain, Don't ruin a piece of high dollar wood by the " tear out" you will get from 2 carbide cutting edges. By all means use these on pine to familiarize
yourself w/ your new machine , but a router can make a NASTY injury- I' m glad to see that custom woodworking is not a dieing trade, enjoy what you do & it's not work, it's stress relief
Posted on Apr 22, 2014 10:35:27 PM PDT
P. Burrows says:
Thank you for the review as well as the tip about the alcohol for initially cleaning them
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