Received my MLCS Router circle jig today and proceeded to set it up.
(Yeah, I know a circle jig is not that hard to build but I wanted one and didn't want to spend the time building one.)
The instructions say to install a 1/2" diameter router bit in the router and raise the cutter height so that it sits about 1/4" above the Circle Jig Base. Slide the measuring stick over the 1/2" diameter router bit and adjust the Pivot Pin Block to the position.... etc.
This is where the fun begins. Included with the jig was a free router bit. Not a 1/2" bit but a 3/8" bit.
I contacted MLCS live chat and this is a copy of the live chat:
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Chris: Hello, How can I help you today?
Larry Cronkite: Just received my 9333 router circle jig and set it up. The instructions say to use a 1/2 in router
bit but a 3/8 in bit was included. Am I missing something?
Chris: 1 moment
Chris: You are correct. The measuring is set up for use with a 1/2" bit
Larry Cronkite: Then why was a 3/8 in bit included?
Chris: I am looking into that
Chris: 1 moment
Chris: the instructions should read "1/2" or less router bit"
Larry Cronkite: No the instructions say a 1/2 in bit and the hole in the measuring stick is 1/2 inch so a smaller
bit will not work to set the jig up properly.
Chris: The measurement is not off center. it is off the edge of the hole.
Chris: So, if you the inside measure, it will be fine regardless of the bit diameter.
Chris: If you use the outside measure, you need to add 1/2"
Larry Cronkite: I'm still confused. If the jig is supposed to use a 1/2 inch bit why do you send out a 3/8 in bit
with the jig instead of the required 1/2 inch bit?
Chris: A 1/2" bit is NOT required. 1/2" OR LESS works fine
Chris: We will revise the instructions accordingly
Larry Cronkite: That's your story and you're sticking to it.Fine I'll keep this in mind when I write my review.
Chris: Sir, that is how it is designed
Chris: If you still have questions, you can call and speak to a woodworker. They may be able to explain it better
Chris: If you do not feel it will work for you, you are also welcome to return it for a full refund of your purchase
Chris: That is the answer I received from our head woodworker and one of our product managers.
Chris: The item is correct. The instructions need to be revised.
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