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I am getting my INCRA LS system together on a router table I'm building. Looking at purchasing some compatible bits, I noticed that a number of companies sell bit sets for the LS. In general, I don't usually get bit sets because I don't use enough of them to make it a good deal. However, I'm wondering if that wouldn't be the case with the LS sets. It looks like break even is using 4 of the bits in these sets.

Those of you with an LS, how many different bits have you used? Did you buy a set?

Also, I noticed that several companies that aren't listed as having compatible bits in the INCRA LS manual do claim to have compatible sets. Grizzly, for example, has a set for $15. Have you used bits like this with your LS? and, which ones?
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I'm a Freud buyer as they seem to be a quality bit . Most guys here don't recommend kits but buy as you need em . I've been ripped off by kits before when I accidently bought a kit at Canadia tire . They were good for about 6"s on MDF before they went up in smoke. Was 100 bucks out the window
I can't see a kit for 15 bucks fairing very well. In Canada Freud bits start around $20 a piece and go up from there . But you've got a quality bit in the end.
I think seeing as a cheap bit gets dull fast , it becomes more of a safety concern than anything

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Five bits for $15.00, I have a hard time believing they are any good. Probably made in China. I would spend the extra and buy Freud or Whiteside.
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I have had good results with cmt orange,and Lee valley bits,I think the point is buy quality to get quality results
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I have over a hundred router bits I have accumulated over time and only buy bits as I have a need for them. I have never bought a router bit set except for the Freud matching Set for rail & Stiles/panel raiser.
My favorite bits are Whiteside but there are several excellent manufacturers out there in addition some real junk out there also.
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As I said in the original post, I pretty much agree with people about bit sets.

Was hoping LS owners would chime in about the bits they actually use. Freud and Whiteside have LS sets.
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As I said in the original post, I pretty much agree with people about bit sets.

Was hoping LS owners would chime in about the bits they actually use. Freud and Whiteside have LS sets.
I don't see how one router table from another is going to determine a differant bit , but I am a noob at this and interested to hear the outcome. I wasn't aware there wa an LS set , so I'm learning all the time

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I have used a 7 degree,5/8 leevalley bit on my ls to do dovetails in maple ,poplar and oak with excellent results
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I am getting my INCRA LS system together on a router table I'm building. Looking at purchasing some compatible bits, I noticed that a number of companies sell bit sets for the LS. In general, I don't usually get bit sets because I don't use enough of them to make it a good deal. However, I'm wondering if that wouldn't be the case with the LS sets. It looks like break even is using 4 of the bits in these sets.

Those of you with an LS, how many different bits have you used? Did you buy a set?

Also, I noticed that several companies that aren't listed as having compatible bits in the INCRA LS manual do claim to have compatible sets. Grizzly, for example, has a set for $15. Have you used bits like this with your LS? and, which ones?
I have the same Incra system that you are describing. As for the router bits I purchased the dovetail router bit set from CMT, which were packaged specifically for Incra users. The bits that I purchased were dovetail of the same degrees as those described in the manual for the Incra setup. Of this set I have been using mostly the 7 and 14 degree bits. I think there is a total of 4 bits in the set, I just have not had an occasion to use the other two. Buying router bits as a set makes sense if you will really use all of them, otherwise just do individual. Let me know if you have questions about the Incra setup or other router bits.

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I don't see how one router table from another is going to determine a differant bit , but I am a noob at this and interested to hear the outcome. I wasn't aware there wa an LS set , so I'm learning all the time
The LS is an incremental positioner fence. It allows you make pretty arbitrary dovetail and box joints (in addition to all the normal things you do with router fences). The video I linked to gives you an idea. Basically, it has lots of templates for different joints that call out specific bits. Another way of asking is what kind of joints do people use their LS for?
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