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Forum topic by alanealane posted 12-10-2007 08:58 PM 1434 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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12-10-2007 08:58 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router makita chicago harbor freight runout quality

Does anyone own or have experience with a Makita 3612 or 3612C router? I own the Chicago Tools version from Harbor Freight, and from photos, they look EXACTLY the same.

I have a huge problem with my Chicago router…RUNOUT. It has at least 1/32” total runout…that’s .031”...a whole lot!!

I custom made a router lift plate for my router, but I can’t work accurately or safely with that much runout, and I would like to replace it with a similar router that has very much LESS runout.

If anyone owns the Makita 3612, could they please tell me how much runout it has at the collet or collet nut? Or has anyone had problems with accuracy with this router?

See my post and the responses that follow here. This topic is what got me wondering. I WOULD LOVE TO get a router @ a reasonable price (as the Makita is) and still have a good quality tool…I can’t bring myself to buy a Porter Cable for $350 yet.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket CHICAGO TOOLS
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket MAKITA

THESE PHOTOS DON’T LOOK LIKE SOMEONE JUST COPIED THE DESIGN FROM MAKITA, IT LOOKS LIKE THEY HAVE THE SAME PARTS TOO.

WHAT DOES EVERYONE THINK? IS THE MAKITA REALLY A QUALITY TOOL?

-- Lane Custom Guitars and Basses


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#1 posted 12-10-2007 09:09 PM

I’d call Harbor Freight, & tell them about your problem.

I bought there floor model drill press, & chuck had about 1/32” wobble. I called them, & they sent me a good chuck at no charge. I think they’ll inspect it to make sure its accurate, Or they may send you a new Router.

It could be that your collet is the same as my drill chuck was.

I have that same model Chicago, & it has no run out. I only use it on my Logman tenon maker though.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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