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Reaper417

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550 days ago

Hey guys! I need a little help here. Everytime I put a bit in my router it’s gets stuck inside the collet. I know banging it out isn’t the answer. Any ideas? Really getting on my nerves. Thanks for the help….


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Mark Davisson

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#1 posted 550 days ago

I have experienced this, and my problem was solved by wrapping some sandpaper around a small dowel and sanding the inside surface of the collet. Corrosion, I guess, had built up on the inside of the collet.

-- I'm selfless because it feels so good!

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bondogaposis

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#2 posted 550 days ago

What kind of router? What kind of collet?

-- Bondo Gaposis

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MonteCristo

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#3 posted 550 days ago

Some collects have a little c-clip near the top that, if it comes off, affects their ability to release the bit. Also, undo the collect until the bit is clearly released. Some require more undoing than others.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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Fred Hargis

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#4 posted 550 days ago

Some routers have self releasing collets (what Montecristo mentioned), you loosen the collet, than keep turning until a second “bump” is felt, that does the release. The Freud is like that, and the Milwaukee…and i think the PC does it that way as well…maybe others.

-- I long for the days when Coke was a cola, and a joint was a bad place to be (Merle Haggard)

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sprucegum

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#5 posted 550 days ago

My porta cable has done this since day one I just loosen the nut and give the bit a sharp smack sideways with a piece of hardwood and it releases. Been doing it this way for at least ten years have not damaged the router or a bit yet. I would rather they stick a little than have them loosen up while in use. My new Makita uses the same type of collet and does the same thing.

-- A tube of calk and a gallon of paint will make a carpenter what he ain't

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Jorge G.

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#6 posted 550 days ago

Rub a little bit of oil on the bit shaft. This used to happen to me a lot with my trim router and the sales person recommended this. After a few uses the problem was solved.

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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huff

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#7 posted 550 days ago

Like Fred and MonteCristo mentioned, I know my Porter Cable is like that; if you continue to loosen the collet nut you will feel a little resistance and then it will release the bit.

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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404 - Not Found

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#8 posted 550 days ago

Is this something that has only just happened or has it always done it?

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Cosmicsniper

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#9 posted 550 days ago

My Bosch 1617 is like that as well, Fred.

Often, to release the collet, you tap the bit IN..which then releases the bit OUT.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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madts

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#10 posted 550 days ago

The whole collet needs to be cleaned. Use WD 40 or sim. Soak all parts well and then put just a wee bit of grease on the parts. Just enough to prevent corrosion. Then you should be ready to go.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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rustfever

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#11 posted 550 days ago

First,make sure you do not bottom out in the collet. If not bottoming out, then lightly polish the bit shank with 2000 [or finer] grit sanding medium. Next, wipe with very light oil. Finally, lightly tap with a dead blow mallet if it still hangs up.
Happens to me frequently. This system seems to work

-- Rustfever, Central California

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NormG

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#12 posted 550 days ago

Take apart, clean it up, lightly oil and wipe off completely and reassemble

-- Norman

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runswithscissors

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#13 posted 550 days ago

A couple sideways taps seem to loosen them up. Don’t hit too hard, avoid bearings and DON’T hit the carbide.

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gfadvm

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#14 posted 550 days ago

I solved mine by swabbing the inside of the collet with a Q-tip and lacquer thinner.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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TCCcabinetmaker

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#15 posted 550 days ago

check the router bit shafts as well for rust, lightly sand if that is the issue.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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