Just thought I'd post the answer to my "bit won't stay in" problem.
The collet did not have the slits in it so tightening the nut did nothing.
I spent hours on this and my mom called Sears and spent and hour griping
(they couldn't find the record of her buying it on her Sears card even
though the miter saw was there which she bought that same day) and she
finally got them to let her return it to the store she bought it from and
the sales guy dug up one just like mine even though that model had been
discontinued. The collet had three thin slits in it and now I am able to
Thanks to all who replied to me. I don't like Sears stuff but when it's a
Well, I try to be conscientious and give thanks for the help I get. It is
nice to get thanks for help (better to get $ ! wooooooooooooo!)
Thanks to all, and guess what?
I routed! YES! I my first pass was a total disaster and I burned the wood
and bogged down the bit.
But I soon learned the advantage of a shallower cut and adjusted the depth
and it worked fine (except for the lameness of my feeding skills).
I used the miter saw and router to make a picture f4rame from a cheap piece
of molding and when my miter trimmer comes in I'll trim it to perfection,
paint it (or stain .. not sure), glue it, insert art and...... ahhhhh -
spend 3 days of time to save $20 on framing! HAHAHHA
ah, but it has been fun doing it and I can tell them I made the frame by
hey, even when it's a gift, it can go back. That's what I did when my
folks bought me a Sears router. It was so lame, I couldn't bear the
thought of keeping it. They understood. I made sure, as always, that I
appreciated the thought, and then I told them what I replaced it with.
Everyone was happy. I bought a PC (Porter Cable; not computer)
Tim Simmons wrote:
The only real problem with Craftsman routers is that a lot of them were made
with the collet being just slits in the end of the shaft. These had a
tendency to slip. It sounds like they took care of that problem.
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