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I have spent some time researching in catalogues and on the net for collet extender reviews. The MLCS extenders are both value for money and have good user and magazine reviews. Users mostly complain, rather than praise. Some of the users on this site have been using these devices for 5 years or so. Please can I have some constuctive advice, or else I will buy the pair of 1/2" and 1/4" extenders from MLCS with 3 spanners included for $50.
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The MLCS are fine if you do not mind using a wrench. I can not use mine much as they are actually too long. Quality is not an issue, I had litttle to no run out using them.
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A good start. Thanks. I set up my new home built table today. Installed a 3/8" dia x 1/2" shank straight MLCS cutter into the Elu 133(similar to the Dewalt DW625 router) collet. Installed the router into the Swiss cheese plate of the Jessem Router-Raiser. Dropped it into the table and cranked it up, ready to do some comb/box/finger joints with the Incra jig set-up. Plenty of bit showing! I realise that I may need the collet extender for 1/4" shanked bits, but the 3/8" cutter is a short one. When am I likely to need an extender?
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You may not need it ever. I use mine if I am making deeper bowls. After I use a drill press to hog out material I then go to the router and I need that extender. It just depends on what you do. Sometimes I need to use it with my Milwaukee router in a table too so I can get above the table bit change outs.

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I haven't done enough routing to need one, but it is helpful to know where to go to get one if ever needed, Thanks

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If it is only for certain applications, you can get longer bits instead, but long spirals can be expensive as well.


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