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There is a router adapter that allows the bit to be tightened or removed with just a allen wrench. I bought one a couple of years ago, but the wrench got lost in the flood in 2016 and I am trying to set up my work shop again and cannot remember the name of the adapter to find out what size wrench is needed. I don't want to have to buy a whole set of wrenches to get one. Any help would be appreciated.

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My local hardware sells things like allen wrenches individually. If you just want the one, take the adapter to a hardware store that does that, and try until you find one that fits.

My personal choice would be a set like this, in either metric or SASE. https://www.globalindustrial.com/p/t...BoCFCkQAvD_BwE A bit easier to keep track of, and gives you other sizes if needed.

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If you’re talking about the muscle chuck it’s a 4.
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There is a router adapter that allows the bit to be tightened or removed with just a allen wrench. I bought one a couple of years ago, but the wrench got lost in the flood in 2016 and I am trying to set up my work shop again and cannot remember the name of the adapter to find out what size wrench is needed. I don't want to have to buy a whole set of wrenches to get one. Any help would be appreciated.
I assume the set screw just bears against the bit. A collet squeezes a bit from all sides. That set screw idea is about as dangerous an idea as I can imagine. I can easily see the bit flying out in use. The screw can also raise burrs on the bit. You have to be kidding about the Allen keys. Break down and buy a set. They are only a few bucks.

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I assume the set screw just bears against the bit. A collet squeezes a bit from all sides. That set screw idea is about as dangerous an idea as I can imagine. I can easily see the bit flying out in use. The screw can also raise burrs on the bit. You have to be kidding about the Allen keys. Break down and buy a set. They are only a few bucks.

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If he's talking about the Musclechuck, there are a lot of guys on this forum that have them and swear by them. In fact there are a number of other brands that do the same thing but the Musclechuck seems to be the most popular.

The OP was not only looking for the name of the adapter but I assume he didn't know the size of the hex key needed as well.

@tvman44 - I believe @Cherryville Chuck stated it takes a 4mm hex key - equivalent is a 5/32" key.
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I assume the set screw just bears against the bit. A collet squeezes a bit from all sides. That set screw idea is about as dangerous an idea as I can imagine. I can easily see the bit flying out in use. The screw can also raise burrs on the bit. You have to be kidding about the Allen keys. Break down and buy a set. They are only a few bucks.

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The set screw does not bear against the bit.
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I assume the set screw just bears against the bit. A collet squeezes a bit from all sides. That set screw idea is about as dangerous an idea as I can imagine. I can easily see the bit flying out in use. The screw can also raise burrs on the bit. You have to be kidding about the Allen keys. Break down and buy a set. They are only a few bucks.

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On the contrary , study this shot of one of my three MUSCLECHUCKS and you will see that almost the complete inner circumference grips the bit several times stronger than a standard collet chuck. Personally I wouldn't like to carry on routing without a MUSCLECHUCK on each of my three 1/2" routers. An added feature is the extra 1/2" depth of cut and the ability to change bits without any spanners and from above the table, with just a 4mm Allen key, preferably a ball ended one. The only "similar" chuck that I've come across has a grub screw that DOES bear against the bit
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John DeRosa did torque tests between his Musclechuck and standard collets and the MC had I think about 4x the gripping power. Personally I wouldn’t trust a grub screw to hold anything more than a pencil in my circle drawing trammel.

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Thanks for the info. 4 mm it. is. I love the Muscle Chuck, wish they also made one for 1/4" routers.
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