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Forum topic by ctc posted 10-23-2008 10:15 PM 1066 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-23-2008 10:15 PM

My old Craftsman Router (model 315.17380) is fitted with a collet that accepts 1/4 inch shaft bits. Can I obtain an adapter that will allow it to use 1/2 inch shaft bits ?


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#1 posted 10-23-2008 11:02 PM

Unless a 1/2” collet is available, There would be no advantage to using an adaptor to increase the size of the collet and several disadvantages, you would have the lack of stiffness of a 1/4 and a lot of extra length . . . . my old craftsman died and I ended up getting a new one. Nice unit which DOES take 1/2” bits. I’d suggest a new router, and use the old one for light duty work

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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#2 posted 10-23-2008 11:27 PM

I would have to agree with Fred. Save the 1/4” router for light duty work i.e. making lettering for signs etc. and get a new 1/2” router for heavier work. The nice thing about 1/2” routers is that most come with an 1/4” adapter that doesn’t cause problems.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#3 posted 10-24-2008 12:17 AM

You spoke only of the collet size – chk also the power and you will see it really isn’t adequate to drive 1/2” larger bits. That’s why it’s 1/4” in the first place. (I have one also)

-- Regards, Steve2

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