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BB1

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02-23-2019 08:00 PM

New router and appears I messed up. Screwed the nut/collet in but collet is now stuck. Any suggestions on how to loosen/remove?


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#1 posted 02-23-2019 08:03 PM

Some penetrating spray, and small screwdriver? I usually put a drop of 3 in 1 oil on the collet and bit shafts to prevent this.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 02-23-2019 08:05 PM

You could try putting a hose clamp around the collet and tightening it. By design, the collet is made to close around a shaft, so it may close enough to get it out of the shaft.

-- Grant Wilkinson, Ottawa ON

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#3 posted 02-23-2019 08:06 PM

So pry from outside?


Some penetrating spray, and small screwdriver? I usually put a drop of 3 in 1 oil on the collet and bit shafts to prevent this.

- Andre


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#4 posted 02-23-2019 08:11 PM

Yes very gently, most time the oil will loosen it up and it should just slide out, or vise grips to add some grip?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#5 posted 02-23-2019 11:13 PM

is that a half or quarter inch collet ??
if you haven’t gotten it out yet, this is what I would suggest.
take a bolt that will fit inside the collet, cut a kerf in the middle
of the bolt with a cut-off wheel on an angle grinder.
grind the threads down the side leaving a little “clip” on the bottom,
spread the legs open and you have a miniature puller.
use washers, pipe, nuts, or whatever works to form a shim between
the collet shaft and the compression nut.
after it is out, gently file off any rough burrs that may appear to hinder
the tight fit that a collet requires.
if the puller doesn’t work, break out the bottle torch and apply some heat.
the penetrating fluid I use is 50% ATF and 50% acetone.

.

-- Failure is proof that you at least tried ~ now, go do it again, and again, until you get it right --

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#6 posted 02-23-2019 11:43 PM

The collet can get locked in if you tightened it too much without a bit. Take the router motor out of the base if you can of raise it as high as you can. Take a punch and a hammer, put the punch on the lip on the collet coming at it from the motor side and give it a few sharp raps with the hammer.

That should knock it loose without needing any special tools.

Mike

-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

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Nubsnstubs

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#7 posted 02-23-2019 11:48 PM

With those splits at the top of the collet, it looks like a squeeze from pliers or a hose clamp like Grant said might squeeze it enough to just pull it out. ....... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com

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#8 posted 02-24-2019 01:42 AM

The pipe clamp suggestion worked (with effort by my husband!). This is the 1st 1/2 inch router for me so I had purchased a set of bits from Trend (sale at Peachtree). Not sure if I messed up the collet because the bits won’t fit. Gave up for the day. Thank you to everyone for the suggestions on getting the collet out. Now onward to figure out how to get a bit in place. Has been just one of those weeks where if it could go wrong, it did!

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John Smith

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#9 posted 02-24-2019 12:27 PM

look for small metal burrs – or deep scratches that could impede
the snug fit of the bit. inside and out must be factory clean and smooth.
you do not want a router bit coming out of the collet spinning at 25,000 RPMs.

.

.

-- Failure is proof that you at least tried ~ now, go do it again, and again, until you get it right --

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#10 posted 02-24-2019 02:34 PM

While collets can compress a bit to clamp down on the bit, they don’t have a large elastic range. If you compress them too much, they can actually get a little bit deformed where the ID is slightly under what it should be.

Start by making sure it’s clean like John said and if it’s still tough to get bits in it then use flat blade screwdriver in the side slot and twist just a little to open the collet up enough to get a bit in it. Then tighten it up in the router. After doing this a few times, you’ll hopefully find that the collet loosens up a bit.

One note is to make sure you do not bottom out the bit in the router collet before tightening. Make sure you pull the bit up just a little so that the shaft of the bit doesn’t get pressed against the base of the router shaft when tightening the collet.

Worst comes to worse, just order a new collet. It won’t be that expensive and then you won’t have to worry about it.

-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

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BB1

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#11 posted 02-24-2019 03:54 PM

John and Mike – thank you for the additional insights. Will give it a shot. As always the LJs help me out. Lot to learn and have really benefited from this resource – whether direct questions or reading those of others.

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builtinbkyn

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#12 posted 02-24-2019 05:06 PM

Barbara you should contact Triton and tell them about this issue. The collet should remain in the nut and not have the ability to be separated. There’s a retaining ring inside the nut to prevent that. As has been suggested, you don’t want a bit breaking free under operation.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#13 posted 02-24-2019 06:46 PM

Thanks Bill – I’m guessing I messed it up somehow (the “not knowing what I don’t know” aspect of getting into woodworking), but I think I will see if I can speak with someone with the company so I don’t end up making the same mistake. Thanks for the suggestion. As I recall, you have a Triton in your table?

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#14 posted 02-24-2019 07:28 PM

Yes I have a Triton in my table. Love it. No issues so far :)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#15 posted 02-24-2019 08:35 PM

Too bad you’re not in Missouri – would request a shop visit!!


Yes I have a Triton in my table. Love it. No issues so far :)

- builtinbkyn


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