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First Name: Roger
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As well as the very useful "Plywood bit set" for "undersized" plywood mortises.- H5559 Straight Plywood 3 pc. Set 1/2" three bits for $14........
The biggest difference in carbide router bits is the better ones make clean cuts for a much longer time.
If you need one that you only intend to use once like I did with a garage door rail even high speed steel will suffice for one or two cuts.
The best advice I can give someone just starting out (besides stay away from HF bits) is buy the 1/2" 66 piece set from MCLS then as they wear out replace them with quality bits like Whiteside, Lee Valley, Freud, Amana, CMT etc. (yes in that order) you get the picture.
MCLS are OK bits. Not great, just OK. They are allot better than Harbor Freight and better than Grizzly but still a long way from the best. Their large sets have a very cheap pr. bit price ($2.87 per bit with the 66 piece set) and they will cut fine for a while.
A large MCLS bit set is great as a starter set and if you replace the ones you use on a regular basis with quality bits you will have a very nice intermediate set.
i would suggest not to leave any Harbor Freight tools plugged in when not in use. a while back i went into the basement to get something and smelled fresh toast. it took a while to sniff it out, but i found it.
it was the 8" belt sander i got from them, i wouldn't have found the source of the toasty smell if i hadn't put my hand on the motor to bend down and look at the plug socket. i got a good size blister on my palm. the sawdust in the sander next to the motor was toast colored and smelled like toast.
i don't leave anything plugged in now, and I'm a better house keeper..
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