Originally Posted by aniceone2hold
There is a reason this router sells for $120 Canadian versus $350 US for a Porter Cable 3-1/4HP. It's called quality and YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!
... And also why a fifteen pack of router bits sells for less than 50 simolians!
In a later post, aniceone2hold reports, "Let the buyer beware!" Well, received as a gift, I wasn't really aware! Not my point though.
What I want to say is that the ogee bit is indeed out of true. Actually, the cutting edges themselves are decent enough... it's the bearing on the end that is funky. And of course, when the router is mounted in a table, the bearing on the bit is the most obvious piece showing. I saw it wobbling, and grew concerned.
I was convinced when I brought back the original router that the shaft was bent.... am I still? Not as much as I was. It could have been a case of newbie over-concerns I suppose. Then again, my dial indicator doesn't lie.
As for runout measuring, I've seen another idea that may be of interest to others. It's actually really simple. All you have to do is clamp a piece (I used some scrap 1/4" ply) to the base plate so it is very close to the bit's shaft. Turn the router (by hand of course, Ed!) until the bit is as close to the piece as it will get. Now move the piece until it touches the bit. If, as you rotate the router, a gap forms between the bit and the clamped stock, that idicates rounout. It is easily enough measured with a simple (and cheap!) set of feeler gages.
There it is. I hope no-one is more confused after reading this!