How to change a Dewalt router collett

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Forum topic by Potski posted 08-03-2010 08:29 PM 8755 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-03-2010 08:29 PM

Topic tags/keywords: collet router dewalt

I recently bought a a Dewalt DW625EK router to go with my Kreg table.

I can’t for the life of me figure out how to change the 1/2” collet to the 1/4” collet.

Before you all laugh, let me explain, I mean taking the bit that looks like this

And splitting it so I can insert this bit instead.

Can anyone help ?



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#1 posted 08-03-2010 08:35 PM

Usually the 1/4” collet is just a sleeve that fits inside the 1/2” collet. It reduces the inside diameter to accomodate a 1/4” bit.

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#2 posted 08-03-2010 08:38 PM

It’s how to seperate the nut from the sleeve that I can’t figure.

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#3 posted 08-03-2010 08:46 PM

Thank you both.

I’ll stick it in the vice and see how it goes.

I just didn’t want to go with the brute force if there was a “correct” way of doing it.



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#4 posted 08-03-2010 10:07 PM

Generally the Dewalt’s come with two separate collets, already in thier nuts. One for 1/4”, and one for 1/2”. Just screw one off and the other on.

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#5 posted 08-03-2010 10:26 PM

Like Dave I changed to an eliminator chuck, but as I remember I could usually get it apart just using my hands and rocking the collet while pulling on the nut.

What also works is to set the assembled nut and collet on a vice with the collet hangind down supported by the nut. (i.e. vice opened wide enough to clear the collet but not wide enough for the nut to fall through). Then gently tap the collet out with a dowl.

-- Joe

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