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It's kind of hard getting the bits in my PC 895 router. Yes, I have cleaned it. Are the collets the same for the 895 and the 690 routers? I would think so but I am not sure. I have a Muscle Chuck but I just don't like it. I have been using for a little over and took it off a few weeks ago. I wish someone would make a collet that had more quality built into it.

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The 895 series are near the bottom of the first list. Elaire Corporation - Porter Cable Collets

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It's kind of hard getting the bits in my PC 895 router. Yes, I have cleaned it. Are the collets the same for the 895 and the 690 routers? I would think so but I am not sure. I have a Muscle Chuck but I just don't like it. I have been using for a little over and took it off a few weeks ago. I wish someone would make a collet that had more quality built into it.
Don, would you please let us know why you don't like the MUSCLECHUCK, each of my three 1/2" routers have MUSCLECHUCKS and I would NEVER go back to the original chucks that's why I'm so interested is knowing what the problem is with yours.
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890 series collets have been interchangeable with my 690 collets. All my 890's are older than 2008, however. I assume the newer ones are similar
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Don, would you please let us know why you don't like the MUSCLECHUCK, each of my three 1/2" routers have MUSCLECHUCKS and I would NEVER go back to the original chucks that's why I'm so interested is knowing what the problem is with yours.
Harry, the reason is vibration. I have turned it every which way but loose to try and get rid of the vibration but I am having no luck. Another reason is I can get the router up further so I can change bits easier.

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Try not tightening so much of the MC to the router spindle Don. I just got one recently and I'm able to measure runout. I had more when I over torqued the MC to the router. It came within reasonable limits when I backed off. I still had to rotate it to a few positions to find the sweetest spot.
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I am very surprised, try what Charles has suggested, I've never heard of such a problem that hasn't been resolved using by doing exactly that. The MUSCLECHUCKS are made to very tight tolerances on state of the art CNC machines.

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I am very surprised, try what Charles has suggested, I've never heard of such a problem that hasn't been resolved using by doing exactly that. The MUSCLECHUCKS are made to very tight tolerances on state of the art CNC machines.
Okay, Harry, I will try what Charles suggested. I will have to agree with you it has a look of quality. I have heard from several people that they have had vibration. On theirs, the vibration goes away when they rotate it.
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Don you can go on the MC website and watch the video of John DeRosa installing one. That's why I thought I might have tightened it too much by watching him do it. When I loosened it up a bit I dropped the runout from about 9 thou down to 3 or less.
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Try not tightening so much of the MC to the router spindle Don. I just got one recently and I'm able to measure runout. I had more when I over torqued the MC to the router. It came within reasonable limits when I backed off. I still had to rotate it to a few positions to find the sweetest spot.
I did do a test today and the vibration gets worse when you tighten the MC too much. The PC chuck had no vibration.

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