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ctc

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2098 days ago

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 ?

Thanks,
C.T.


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fredf

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#1 posted 2098 days ago

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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Toolz

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#2 posted 2098 days ago

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

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

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Steve2

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#3 posted 2098 days ago

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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