|Forum topic by ADHDan||posted 08-01-2016 07:16 PM||431 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
08-01-2016 07:16 PM
I’ve got a Triton TRA001 3.25 hp table-mounted router, and somehow the 1/2” collet nut became completely stuck on the shaft. The last two times I changed bits, the collet nut was harder than usual to release – I had to use the wrench for the entire process, instead of my fingers.
I thought the problem might have been dust or debris on the collet nut or the shaft threads, so I cleaned them off and tried another bit. I wasn’t able to tighten the collet enough to secure the bit, and when I tried to back the collet off it just flat out stuck. There’s no bit in it, the collet is just totally stuck on the shaft – to the point where the collet lock mechanism gives before the collet nut loosens. It is so stuck that the collet wrench bent when I tried to unscrew the collet nut; I tried a vice grips, and that’s when the collet lock pin gave out.
Now, I have no idea how to get this collet off the router. Any ideas as to (a) what I can do to get this thing off, and (b) what might have caused the problem in the first place? Presumably I’ll need to replace the collet, but I really don’t want to have to replace the entire router.
-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.