Router - bad collets?


I weakened and bought a cheaper router than I should have, thinking to fit it to a pin router frame I'm making. I know I shouldn't have, so don't lecture me. It's a 1600W type with 1/2" and 1/4" collets, rebranded Ozito from an Asian mfgr (sold in Australia).
Anyhow, when I unpacked it and fitted a bit to the 1/2" collet, I thought it seemed not to want to remain eccentric as the collet was tightened. After 5 or 6 goes, measuring the eccentricity with a digital vernier, I couldn't get it less than 0.4mm...!!! unbelievable... it's all packed up in the box unused, ready to go back to the shop tomorrow or the next day.
What's the point of using a collet chuck if not to get a perfectly tight concentric grip? I mean, if I want a 5mm slot, and I get one that's 5.2 *at best*, the tool is simply not of merchantable quality - and that's exactly what I'm going to tell them... sigh. Occasional satisfaction with a cheap brand has made me careless :-).
Does anyone want to tell me there's a ready source of quality collets that might fit this otherwise well-featured machine?
Clifford Heath.
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Odds are the rest of it is just as bad; you just haven't discovered it yet.
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Grit your teeth and buy a Makita. Happy New Year!. Bugs
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Return it for the other Chinese manufactured brand sold in Australia, the Triton. That is a better example of what the Chinese can do providing the company they manufacture for calls for the tighter specifications.
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Leon wrote:

Ouch! The Triton costs more than the top-line Makita and Bosch routers... I exchanged the Ozito for a Maktek (made in China by/for Makita with the Makita company name on it) after spending 90 minutes playing with the setup and checking things out. It seems fine so far, though it would have been nice to have the Ozito's soft start and dust collector. One good thing, the rods for the guide jig are 12mm, up from the wimpy 8mm, which means I can use them to mount the router in the pin router frame instead of making a reinforced baseplate.
By the time I'd bought a set of bits too, it came out to only 3x what I'd initially spent - Makita or Bosch would have been 4.5x. Thanks for the advice all.
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I bought a cheap router from MLCS and am happy with it. Free shipping too.
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