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Old 12-21-2012, 05:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi i just got a 5/16" router from a friend but i cant seem to find bits that will fit it anywhere.

Its a 5/16" router but I've looked at 3 local home improvement stores and all they carry is 1/2" shank and 1/4" shank. same results when i searched online.

I read that they make reducer bushings to go from 1/2 to 1/4, but also cant find one that goes from 5/16 to 1/4. Anyone know where i can get one?

Whats the deal with this router? Is it made for a specific purpose and why dosnt anyone make bits for it?

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Try looking for 8mm shank bits..


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Hi i just got a 5/16" router from a friend but i cant seem to find bits that will fit it anywhere.

Its a 5/16" router but I've looked at 3 local home improvement stores and all they carry is 1/2" shank and 1/4" shank. same results when i searched online.

I read that they make reducer bushings to go from 1/2 to 1/4, but also cant find one that goes from 5/16 to 1/4. Anyone know where i can get one?

Whats the deal with this router? Is it made for a specific purpose and why dosnt anyone make bits for it?
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so will an 8mm od to 1/4 id bushing work so i can use the 1/4 inch bits?
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well nevermind, looks like they dont make a bushing that goes from 8mm to 1/4. and holy jesus those 8mm bits are pretty pricey.
I think im just going to sell this router and get a normal sized one.
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Welcome aboard Ian. If you add some info to your biography, we'll have a better idea of what you are working with.

What brand/model is the router you have? It's possible that a 1/4" collet, and maybe even 1/2", is available for it but we need to know what you have to be able to help with that. Might be a more effective option.
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its a shop source 5/16" variable speed plunge router. it does have a removable collet
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the collet has an OD of 0.391'' OAL of 0.795" with the tapered conical section being 0.229" long tapering up to a diameter of 0.487"
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inside diameter of collet is 0.3135
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Ian, it sounds like it would make a good door stopper to me. 5/16" was never a standard size for any of the name brand routers. 3/8" shank bits were usually special purpose bits and you can get collets for those to fit PC and Bosch.
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Ian, it sounds like it would make a good door stopper to me. 5/16" was never a standard size for any of the name brand routers. 3/8" shank bits were usually special purpose bits and you can get collets for those to fit PC and Bosch.
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8mm IS a standard size in mainland Europe and also here in the UK. Many DW and Bosch routers have 8mm collets available for them (whether that is in the USA, though, I don't know) and Leigh (dovetail jigs) do 8mm shank cutters for their kit. Sounds like the manufacturer (China?) has shipped a tool with the wrong size collet. If the OP could post a photgraph (router and collet) perhaps somebody would be able to identify the router and point him to a similar machine which might share the same collet design?

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