I use their bits & they are good quality sets, a couple of months is a long time. His bits used to be CMT bits. Since he has been making bits under his own brand they have been good quality, but don't know who is manufacturing them for him. Maybe they are on the slow boat.
Thanks James... This is consistent with my research a month or so ago when I was shopping for a Katie Jig and was comparing the one for sale at KatieJig.com with the "new improved" model at Sommerfeld's.
To get my information, I called each supplier and asked them for what it is that differentiates their product from their competitor.
My call to Sommerfeld's politely talked about the anodized finish, additional "fingers" included for the base price, and a lower base price.
My call to Machining Center Inc. (KatieJig.com) politely talked about "one competitor's jig being made in the USA, with the other made in the far east".
I ended up going with the KatieJig.com model (hey, a little bit to encourage domestic employment). I *did* find it humorous that their bits were made by CMT (Italian made) with their custom bearings added. I have nothing negative to say about CMT bits; they're great premium-quality bits but I'm surprised that a company that sees its differentiator from its competitor being its domestic manufacture not using Whiteside or other domestic made premium-quality bits. Somebody wasn't thinking this clear through.
Lest this post come across wrong, I'll go on to say that I encourage people from every country to be willing to pay a little extra, if necessary, to buy products made in your country and help keep your domestic work force employed.