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#1 posted 08-01-2016 08:29 PM

Sounds like our locking mechanisms are similar – a metal pin that locks into the shaft. Any suggestions for locking the shaft without using the built-in pin lock? I don’t think there’s a flat part on the shaft that could be locked by a separate wrench (i.e., like on routers that require two wrenches to change bits). Do you have any ideas for what might make a better pin?

If I can figure out a way to lock the shaft without the built-in pin, I’ll give it another shot with the vice grips and/or pick up a spanner, and give it sharp raps with a hammer. That might work better than just steady increasing pressure.

I’m wide open to any other suggestions, too. I don’t mind replacing the collet, so if necessary maybe I could carefully cut into it (e.g. with an oscillating tool) and then crack it apart with a screwdriver, or some other sort of wedge?

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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