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Forum topic by woodworkEER posted 01-31-2010 02:51 AM 1302 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-31-2010 02:51 AM

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Hey, LJ’s! I was recently cutting with a spiral bit in my freud ft2000. I cannot get the 1/4” reducer or the bit out of the collet now. I think i need a new collet, but i don’t know how to remove the old one. Any suggestions?

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#1 posted 01-31-2010 03:08 AM

Maybe a case of over tightening, which can distort the collet. Remove the motor from the base, if you can and then remove the nut. Now with a soft face dead blow hammer, try tapping the shaft of the bit to see if it will pop the collet loose. First one side, then the other. Sometimes if there is debris in the collet when the bit is inserted it can cause the collet to distort and jam.

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#2 posted 01-31-2010 03:10 AM

Nevermind. A combination of brute strength and ignorance allowed me to solve the problem.

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#3 posted 01-31-2010 03:44 AM

THAT sir was quite possibly the single most epic statement I have ever heard. In fact, it has inspired what will shortly be adoring my workshop wall …. \o/

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#4 posted 01-31-2010 03:59 AM

Jei’son – LMAO had to grab a copy of that one.

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#5 posted 02-09-2010 06:55 AM

What cause router bits to get stuck is that people put the router bit to far down in the collet and the bottom of router bits are tapered , so putting them in to deep jambs that taper into the collet. Keep router bits at least 3/16 of the bottom of the collet.

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