A few years ago, I built Norm's router table. (first version).
Having only the money SWMBO would let me invest, I installed a Harbor
Freight 3hp router. The router was supposed to be temporary, but the blasted
thing has worked great.
I am something of a sentimentalist, if a tool works well, I feel it
earns a place in my shop and I will try to repair rather than replace it.
Well, the collet in this router has decided to stop releasing the
router bits. I've resorted to tapping the bits with a block of wood in order
to get them free. What a pain.
My question. Do any of you know of a replacement collet I could buy
that might fit this router? I could try to find a replacement at HF, but I
thought someone might know of a better replacement part.
you just might have a shot at finding the part you need.
HF buys their machines from the lowest chinese bidder.
the chinese manufacturers often buy obsoleted engineering from higher
end manufacturers. then they adjust the designs for cheaper
manufacture by substituting plastic for metal, switching to a lower
end bearing, that sort of thing. however, the geometry of things like
collets may survive the cheapening process unchanged. the quality of
the steel in that collet may not.
this could mean that your HF router might accept a collet from a
makita, or a hitachi, or other such machine from a line that was in
production a few years ago. you probably won't find the part from HF,
or even from makita et al, but a shop that does service and repair of
those machines is likely to recognize it and be able to supply you
with one. don't be surprised if that collet costs a significant
portion of the original cost of your router.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.