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04-23-2019 01:34 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router collet extension

In order to prevent having this happen to me, which router collet extension should I buy. Or is this one the best best?

See this video starting at 1:10- 3:32 to see what I don’t want happening to me and what he recommends. larry

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwiXbNSmhus

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#1 posted 04-23-2019 01:49 PM

I wouldn’t use one at all, personally. Get a router lift, instead.

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#2 posted 04-23-2019 02:17 PM

IMHO
Video author is blowing smoke up your arse:
YOU DO NOT NEED A ROUTER BIT EXTENSION!

He’s making a lazy users assumption by saying you need an extension to change bits. Total BS.
As long as you have a commercial router plate thickness, using a router base or lift with proper router motor, and don’t need to make cuts over 1.5-2” high; extension is never needed.

Only time i use a router bit extension is when making router bowls with a plunge router, and cut depth on the short bowl bits exceeds ~1.5”.

PS – don’t own Festool, which might have limitations that require an extension, but above is true for Porter Cable, Milwaukee, Bosch, and Triton routers in table.

YMMV

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#3 posted 04-23-2019 03:28 PM

Thanks guys, I seem to have a problem with not being able to get some of my bits high enough when using my router table, thus the question about extensions.

ste6168: I have a lift for my router in the table.

Captain: I can change my bits from above the table, my problem is as stated above.

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#4 posted 04-23-2019 04:22 PM

I agree with the comments about using extensions, or more appropriately NOT using them. Just a couple of comments about his “new” extension. First, it isn’t self-extracting which could lead to some “issues” removing bits sometimes. Second, It seems to use an ER style collet used in milling machines which could open up the use of end mills in your router should you get the hair up your . . . uh . . . if you should want to.

Wayne

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#5 posted 04-23-2019 06:46 PM

OK, you guys have talked me out of it. I’ll find another way. Thanks larry

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#6 posted 04-23-2019 07:58 PM

Larry – I ran into a similar issue when I made a sled to use my router to plane large slabs flat. I use a 2” bottom cutting bit but depending on the thickness of the slab as cut, sometimes set up was a PITA to get it to reach on one piece without being too short for the next piece.

I bought this extension and it worked perfectly. It ain’t cheap but I’ve used it quite a bit without any issues whatsoever. I agree with others that ideally, you shouldn’t use an extension. But, if you need it, you need it.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#7 posted 04-24-2019 12:30 AM

When I setup my table, part of mounting the router was raising the table, then seating the router such that the collet was exposed.

Having had router bits fly off, break or otherwise become projectiles, I would steer clear of another link in the chain.

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#8 posted 04-24-2019 01:43 AM

Hokie: I saw that one and figured it would be the one to buy but I think I will just do some sort of work-around.

BlueRidge: In the video link the guy had one break and that would scare the pants off me. Made me pause and consider the one Hokie mentioned but it just isn’t worth the risk. I don’t have that many years left (who knows) and I would like to make it through them with out even the possibility of shrapnel in my body. :) larry

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#9 posted 04-24-2019 08:55 AM

Maybe you could explain when your bits are not reaching high enough. I have had that problem recently when I build a mortising sled—I wanted the mortises to be deeper. My solution was to look for a longer bit. They are sometimes hard to find, but eventually I found some options from Amana Tools.

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#10 posted 04-24-2019 11:39 AM

DrTobi: I will check that out. Thanks larry

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#11 posted 04-24-2019 02:59 PM

I have a router bit extension and only use it when I have to. Haven’t used it yet :)

But – there is one future project where I haven’t found an alternative. Unless I come up with another way I’l use it then, but with very shallow cuts.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#12 posted 04-24-2019 03:13 PM

sras: you might begin a post and do a review on it when you do use it. larry

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.

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#13 posted 04-25-2019 12:32 AM

I’ll try to remember – I’m guessing that project is at least 2 years out…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#14 posted 04-25-2019 01:12 AM

On a deeper router bowl, the bits hardly get enough depth to do 1 1/2” bowls, which are often mistaken for cutting boards. For more depth a bit extension is used. Like most things to do with woodworking tools one that is bargain cheap probably isn’t as safe as one designed to go deep. I have a CMT extension, and a few bowl bits, and they work just fine.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#15 posted 04-25-2019 05:20 PM

Don’t use router bit extensions. Adhere to minimum insertion on router bit shank. Wear your PPE. I usually wear a full face shield.
30K Rpm is nothing to sneeze at. I’ve had a bit come flying out of a router and zing past my ear. It’s not cool.

-- Pete

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