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I have a gently used Craftsman 1 1/2 hp 315.1749 router. I have lost the collett. It takes a 1/4 inch. I have searched and searched, but cannot find a replacement. Every time I find anything, it says discontinued. Any help?
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Here you go. I think this is what you need (The link has been fixed)

https://www.searspartsdirect.com/par...ch&q=300618002
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There are no parts for those routers anymore. If you find the part it will be nothing short of a miracle so take good care of it. Chad's link keeps showing an error for me so I don't know if it will work for you and I would be surprised if they had one. We've seen a lot of people come through here trying to find a collet for that router. I have an old one that might be that model and is at least close to that model and the end of the armature was slotted and it was the collet. The inside of the shaft is worn and won't hold the bit anymore and the only cure I can see is replacing the armature. It was a bad idea that only saved a few dollars in the manufacture of it.
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My first router was an off brand. Not worth repairing, and parts just get harder to find. If you want to keep it and find a source, order a couple of both half inch and quarter inch so you have a spare. And if you find one, please let us know the source. It's nice to be helpful to the members who have one of these.

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I fixed the link. Should work now. the part number you need is 300618002

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It does say they have it. At $55 and change.

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Welcome to the forum.

There are not any parts available for those older routers.

Search eBay, Craig's List and Offer Up to locate / purchase an identical or equivalent replacement.
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Unless the router is special for some reason, it's usually better to just buy a new router than try to find parts for any router that is no longer in production. The new router will have many improvements over the older one, and in many cases won't cost that much more than having the old one repaired, if parts are even available to repair it. Soft start, plunge, and multi base capability make new routers much better than routers of only 20 years ago. One of my oldest routers is now cordless (I cut it off) and doing its new job as a door stop. It was a great router when it was new, but it is very obsolete when compared to today's routers.

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Dcook65, another thing you should be aware of is that even if the collet is available and you pay $55 for it you'll still have a router that is only worth about $20 if you tried to sell it. Even though it has a brand new $55 part on it.

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Default Thanks for locating the part!

I have a PC fixed base/plunge router. I use the PC in my table. Thanks for the negative comments. I see no reason NOT to fix a usable router.
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