Fun with Router Bits

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Blog entry by Kean posted 09-06-2013 02:00 AM 1779 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been buying my router bits from MLCS for years and never had a problem with one. Until today, that is. Received in the mail today a solid carbide pattern routing bit. Mounted it in the router table and started to do the finish work on the guide holes in the cheese press I’m building. All was going well, then the bit suddenly caught a little and made an odd noise. Slap the emergency stop, check the setup, can’t find anything wrong. Start it back up and continue working. Bit starts rattling all over, slap the stop again and jump back as the bit seemingly comes loose of the collet , slips sideways and disappears down into the router table (Not a bad thing, considering it could have shot upwards, at me!) I open the dust collection door and retrieve the bit only to find that it has snapped in half! It actually broke inside the collet. Going to call MLCS tomorrow and see what they say.

-- Kean - It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye.

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#1 posted 09-06-2013 03:02 AM

Wow! you’re right it could have been worse, had it come upwards.
bad steel I guess.

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#2 posted 09-06-2013 03:23 AM

I had a cheap one do this…it didn’t drop down like yours, instead it became a projectile and made a nice hole in the dry wall on the other side of the room.

-- Steve

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#3 posted 09-06-2013 06:22 AM

MLCS should make it right.

FWIW I’ve found their bits to be ok, but not much better than that.
Whitesides are excellent quality bits and last. If you know where to shop, they’re not much more than MLCS bits.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#4 posted 09-06-2013 04:43 PM

Had to be a flaw in the steel (there is a statement of the obvious). Yet another reason to always wear my face shield when routing. Glad it didn’t do any damage to you.

-- Dave K.

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#5 posted 09-08-2013 03:09 AM

Called MLCS yesterday. As expected, they’ll replace the bit, but I find myself disturbed by the almost complete lack of concern they expressed. Of the three people I spoke to, the only one who acted as though my call was anything more than a minor complaint was the receptionist who answered the phone. The tech I spoke to and the “supervisor” he transferred me to when I expressed my disbelief at his lack of concern (could have just been the guy in the next cube though for all I know) treated the matter as if it were of no consequence and didn’t warrant their attention.

NiteWalker: Well, don’t keep us in suspense, where does one shop to get Whiteside bits for MLCS prices?

-- Kean - It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye.

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#6 posted 09-09-2013 12:24 AM

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 09-09-2013 12:39 AM

To them, it was a minor mishap. To me it would be a minor mishap. Working on heavy equipment for years, using industrial grinding, flattening, cutting and flattening equipment, I learned early to always use safety equipment. Ever see what happens when a tire tech leans over a split rim wheel as he’s filling it with air and it comes unglued?
Tools fail, it’s a fact of life. Some when new, some when old, some when never abused and some when heavily abused.
I have probably a half dozen router bits that have failed over the last 5 years. Yeah, I’m not as easy on them as I should be, but I have done a lot of molding for my bosses house in that time. Probably 10,000’ or more of different profiles.

It failed, get over it, move on. If you want them to replace it, go for it, mostly I don’t. I just buy a new one.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#8 posted 03-16-2015 08:03 PM

I had one MLCS bit delivered that was bad just by looking at it and they replaced it no problem. It was clear that this bit would have done something like what you had happen so I never used it. No one on the phone said anything like Oh my god that could have killed you , but they did seem concerned that it made it past QC and could have hurt me .

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