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I just purchased a RYOBI ONE+ 18V Palm Router for a project that I needed a cordless router and I didn’t want to break the bank on maybe a onetime use. Well the router works well for my project but changing the bits is not easy. The collet is ¼ “and my bits are ¼”. I have to drive the bits out of the collet every time and with different bits. I have a router table and two other routers and these same bits are not a problem. Any ideas what the problem may be?

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Does it have a collet nut that loosens then with further unscrewing it tightens where upon when loosened further with the wrench pops the bit free?

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Herb is pointing out something that is true of most collets. Loosen til it tightens, then loosen some more until it releases the bit. The tolerances involved in a collet are a few thousandths of an inch. Metric bits in Imperial collets are possibly a problem but living and buying in the U.S. it's unlikely.
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Herb is pointing out something that is true of most collets. Loosen til it tightens, then loosen some more until it releases the bit. The tolerances involved in a collet are a few thousandths of an inch. Metric bits in Imperial collets are possibly a problem but living and buying in the U.S. it's unlikely.
I have some metric bits and you can tell when you try them in an imperial size collet. At least for 6mm and 12mm. Way too loose in the collet. I doubt they would tighten enough to hold. The poster might also be over tightening the collet.

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I just purchased a RYOBI ONE+ 18V Palm Router for a project that I needed a cordless router and I didn’t want to break the bank on maybe a onetime use. Well the router works well for my project but changing the bits is not easy. The collet is ¼ “and my bits are ¼”. I have to drive the bits out of the collet every time and with different bits. I have a router table and two other routers and these same bits are not a problem. Any ideas what the problem may be?
Maybe the collet is metric and not imperial?
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You are probably bottoming out the bits in the collet. This creates a bur or deformation on the shank making them hard to get out
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Clean the collet it could possibly have a bit of rust in it.
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Turn it till it unlocks,,,
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If the collet nut was tightened without a bit installed it might have compressed the collet and made it tight for bit insertion. That is one problem with this collect design.

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Thanks all for the feedback. I learned about collets.

So this is up-date:
My Ryobi uses a Taper shaft with multi-slits.
I use Whiteside Bits with ¼” shaft, all are US size
I have checked the shafts and they have no burs

So maybe I have over tightened the collet nut? This may be the case as the first time I used a router (many years ago) the bit came out, fortuity no damage to me or the piece. But since then I have been cautious about tightening. Maybe the first time I used this router I over tightened??
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