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04-15-2015 11:22 PM

Topic tags/keywords: craftsman router bits

Hello,

I am fairly new to woodworking and have admired many projected posted here on this website. A few years ago I purchased many used/new power tools in anticipation of remodeling and building furniture in/for my in-laws house that my wife and I are buying. I got a pretty good deal on a craftsman 3 horsepower table saw (1 owner) and craftsman router with a few bits. I have been looking for the (?) Arbor for the bits which are craftsman bits (heads?).

I have looked on ereplacementparts.com, ebay, google, amazon etc but cannot find the piece I need to attach the router bits to so they can be used. these cutters are new some still in their packaging. I found what looks like the part. Its a 1/4” shank with a threaded top, but the threads are too small to ‘grip’ the cutter. If I take the 1/4’ shank, it fits in the hole of the cutter head just fine.

Does anyone know where I can get the shank/arbor for these craftsman Router bits (cutters).

Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.

Scott


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#1 posted 04-16-2015 01:29 AM

I think what you mean is you need to find a collet that will fit the 1/4 shanks of your router bits. If the router bits are lose in the collet on the router than you likely have a 1/2 collet and will need to buy 1/2 shank bits. You may also be missing a collet all together, basically the collet is a bell shaped piece that screws onto the threaded end of the router. There is also another piece that goes into the collet that is what actually squeezes the router bit. If you have no collet you will need both.

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#2 posted 04-16-2015 01:31 AM

Scott…is this what you mean….photo below…If so PM me your address, and I’ll mail them to you….no charge….I am in the process of clearing out years of clutter out of my workshop and these were headed to the trash pile. I haven’t used them in years and if you want them they are yours
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#3 posted 04-16-2015 01:32 AM

Double post..

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#4 posted 04-16-2015 01:42 AM

David_H By his description, it sounds like he has the collect. But to me it, he has older Craftsman router bits that have interchangeable cutters that fit on 1/4 shanks. I had a few 15 or 20 years ago. Pictured in my hand is an example of what I’m talking about. If I remember correctly, you could buy a variety of cutters that fit onto the shank. If you wanted a different cutter, remove it and exchange it for another using the same shank.

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#5 posted 04-16-2015 05:31 AM



Scott…is this what you mean….photo below…If so PM me your address, and I ll mail them to you….no charge….I am in the process of clearing out years of clutter out of my workshop and these were headed to the trash pile. I haven t used them in years and if you want them they are yours
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- kdc68

Yes is what I am talking about. I have the cutters but no way to use them in the router. Thanks. I will PM you my address.

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#6 posted 04-16-2015 05:33 AM

Bump

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#7 posted 04-16-2015 05:33 AM

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#8 posted 04-16-2015 05:34 AM

It would not allow me to send messages until I have 5 posts. lets hope these bumps are enough. thanks again.

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#9 posted 04-16-2015 12:16 PM

This is why I love lumberjocks. One wood worker has a problem and another helps him out FREE OF CHARGE! All the world could take a lesson from wood workers! We are a unique breed!

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#10 posted 04-16-2015 10:10 PM

Hey Scott, got your PM with address info…..I’ll mail them out this weekend. Look for a small padded manila envelope in the mail over the next week or so…..Here’s an updated photo. I spent the time to clean them up a bit. They had been in the back of my router cabinet drawer for many many years and needed the crud cleaned off….Here’s what I’m sending…..Two arbors, two bearings of different size, a 1/2” round over, 1/4” round over, 1/4” roman ogee, and a rabbeting cutter.
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#11 posted 04-16-2015 10:17 PM



This is why I love lumberjocks. One wood worker has a problem and another helps him out FREE OF CHARGE! All the world could take a lesson from wood workers! We are a unique breed!

- jeffswildwood


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Yes we are….some unique more than others… ;-)

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#12 posted 04-17-2015 12:30 AM

kdc68, You are a perfect example of the people that make this site great! I have never seen that style router bit. Is this an old Craftsman innovation?

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

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#13 posted 04-17-2015 12:59 AM

Thank you for all the help and suggestions

I look forward to using these bits.

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#14 posted 04-17-2015 01:01 AM



kdc68, You are a perfect example of the people that make this site great! I have never seen that style router bit. Is this an old Craftsman innovation?

- gfadvm


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Hey thanks. I’d much rather give them away to someone that can use then than pitch em.

I have long since “upgraded” my bit collection and these been in a drawer in my router cabinet for at least 15 years (I can’t remember for sure and is probably longer than that).

Innovation….yeah I think it was. Probably suited for someone that’s a beginner or someone like me that thought it was a cool idea at the time and bought up a bunch. These were cheap compared to a one piece bit and they had several common cutters that fit onto these shanks. I had quite a few, and what I’m giving away is the last of what I have as I don’t remember what happened to all of them.

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#15 posted 04-17-2015 01:02 AM



Thank you for all the help and suggestions

I look forward to using these bits.

- runoran


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Hey, you are quite welcome ! Glad I could help….

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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