Skil 1825 - Replacement Collet or Adapter?
New to the forum, primarily in search of a little help. I have the aforementioned Skil 1825, and I'm finding that the 1/2" to 1/4" collet adapter either doesn't hold the bit tightly enough, or I have to crimp it on so hard with channel locks that I can't get the bit out without putting a screwdriver in the slot. I think part of my learning process was to try to go too deep on a single pass, and as a consequence the adapter would slip and the bit rise up, and somewhere along the way the adapter has become badly scored or maybe just out of round.
I thought I'd simply replace the adapter with a new one, so bought a generic one from a local supplier. It fits in the collet, but try as I might it won't tighten, either in the router or with the channel locks. So I'm left wondering if there's a requirement for a Skil 1825-specific replacement - there's one on Amazon.ca at $58.90, which strikes me as less than a good deal. Alternatively, could I just replace the entire collet with a 1/4" one and not need an adapter? I have only a couple of 1/2" bits, so no great loss.
Question then is, can I replace the entire collet, and if so, is there a Skil-specific replacement, or could I use someone else's version? If I can't replace the whole thing, is there an alternative to spending $58.90 on Amazon? I've searched both local sources and the web with no success to date.
Any suggestions gratefully received!