Removing a 1/4" bit from Freud FT2000E

I am trying to remove a 1/4 bit from my router; I removed the collet nut but the insert with the bit won't come out from the sleeve, it seems to be stuck. Any suggestions ? Gilles
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I've had that problem before. I usually tap it a few times with the back of a screw driver or some other non-bit damaging object.
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The last couple that got stuck, I used the mallet on a scrap about the size of a carpenter's pencil, to tap it a bit.. as if i was turning the bit in the chuck.. "rotational" smacking seems to work better than "side thrust" smacking.. lol
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Sometimes lightly tapping the router bit deeper into the collet will break it free
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put the nut back on, but not tight. give it a few light taps with the wrench and try again.
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Thanks all, I went to somebody making tools location, and after two slight hammer blows with a screwdriver, the bit was out. I did not dare to do myself before, but next time I'll try this trick. Gills snipped-for-privacy@thanks.com wrote:

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I read this with interest... What type of collet nut / system does this router use? The systems I sell ahve ER8,11,16,20 and 25 style collets and nuts. All except for teh "low profile" ER8 have collet nuts that pull the collet out when loostened via a "lip" inside the collet nut and a "ring" around teh top of teh collet itself. Are these useable on routers to avoid the problem going forward?
Check out the following URL for a picture of a collet nut like I describe:
http://www.centaurtools.com/collets101 /
These are NOT the brand I use but their page shows the procedure for inserting the collet about 3/4 of the way down. If you look closely, you can see that the collet gets pulled out of teh spindle when teh nut is loostened.
We use them on multi spindle drill heads rather than routers, but I know they are used elsewhere too... Maybe you can get a nut to fit your spindle and not have to deal with this any longer?
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This happened to my Ryobi ERT1150 after only 2 weeks. After trying everything I could think of I took it back to the place where I bought it (large chain of tools specialists) and after struggling with it for quite a while they decided it had to go back to Ryobi. I might get it back by Xmas.
How can this happen? It must have been designed by an idiot!
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Just to get the record straight. When I inserted my 1/4 bit, I did not noticed that the sleeve was not flush with the 1/2 collet, in fact it was 1/2" or more in the collet; just before I had used a 1/2 bit for some tests whitout removing the sleeve (!).When I tightened the collet nut, I think that the collet has been somewhat broken, because it is now somewhat difficult to insert a 1/2 bit in the collet. Before this mishap I had not had any problems with the collet/nut system; I think the design is sound. It has only been MY fault. (I had not used my router for some time, so forgot about the 1/4 sleeve). Gillles By the way, is it easy to get a new 1/2 collet from Freud (part 13602.7431) ?
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I have the PC laminate trimmer and couldn't get the insert out. Had to ask PC whose response was to put a screwdriver on the exposed lip of the insert and tap the handle (of the screwdriver) with a hammer. Came right out. Seems like there should be a better way...     mahalo,     jo4hn
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That's how my 7310 has always worked. It wasn't a design feature? ;-)
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