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
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.
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:
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
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!
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).
By the way, is it easy to get a new 1/2 collet from Freud (part
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...
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