Trouble With Stuck Bit (sort of)
First post here, and it’s a challenge for the collective wisdom and experience of you fine folks!
I have a Dewalt 625 in a table. I added the Xtreme Xtension by Router Technologies. (Router Raizer still in the box waiting for me to tackle that installation.)
I used it a few times, then my shop time went to zero for nearly a year. Now I can’t get the xtension out of the router. This wouldn’t bother me too much as I intend to keep it in there permanently. This is a dedicated table router, especially once I install the raizer,
But the 1/2 to 1/4 collet reducer is also stuck. I wouldn’t have noticed until I realized that putting a bit in it did not result in any kind of tightening. So it won’t hold a bit, but it won’t come out either. The set screw is out, so that being tight is not the problem.
I have sprayed it with Freeze-off by CRC. I cannot get it to move. (Freeze off is more of a lubricant than actual freezing agent, though it does have a small freezing effect at the outset. It is mostly for cutting through rust. It is what I had on hand.
I am at a loss here. I’m not very mechanically inclined, so I don’t have much experience in getting stuck metals apart without destroying them. I have ordered a replacement collet reducer, they are cheap enough, but I need to get this one out without destroying the xtension. I bought mine in rockler over a year ago for about 75, they are now over 90.
I am thinking of putting the whole thing in the freezer for an hour then trying to remove it. But I wanted to check in with others before I do something like that.