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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-25-2020, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
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Hi All: I bought used ryobi router 163. It won't hold a bit no matter how firmly i tighten it. Could it be a worn collet? if so, how to I remove it and where will a find one to fit?
I am beginning to think this is why the seller sold it.
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hello N/A and welcome to the forums.....

what's the country of origin for the bit..
do other brands of bits behave accordingly..
your bit shank may be undersized or out of tolerence...
the collet may be damaged...
you may be setting the shank too deep or not deep enough into the collet..
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Are you using 8 or 12 millimeter bits in 1/4 or 1/2" collet...? Time to get out the ole calipers...

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Take your collet off and check it under a magnifier for cracks. As Stick suggested measure your bit to make sure it is a 1/4" or 1/2" shank and that the colle is also 1/4" or 1/2". If the router could have come from Canada it might have metric collets but most likely either the collet is broken or the bit is the problem.
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Take your collet off and check it under a magnifier for cracks. As Stick suggested measure your bit to make sure it is a 1/4" or 1/2" shank and that the colle is also 1/4" or 1/2". If the router could have come from Canada it might have metric collets but most likely either the collet is broken or the bit is the problem.
if the bit came from China the shank could be out of tolerance...

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Hi abbydmd and welcome. Normally you just unscrew the nut all the way and take it and the collet out of the arbor. However, I'm not familiar with that specific router and Sears sold one that was made by Ryobi that had the end of the armature machined to squeeze the bits tight when the nut was tightened. In other words it didn't really have a collet. I'm sure this was a cost cutting measure but the downside of that is when the socket in the end of the arbor wears out and won't hold a bit anymore you either need to either replace the armature or throw it away. I got handed down a router like that from my father in law and it is only a clumsy paperweight now. I'm always on the lookout for some job or jig that needs a high speed motor to drive it with and that I can adapt the router to.

Just so you know, you can post pictures as long as they are in your hard drive. Use the Advanced posting method and look for the Manage Attachments button. You may be right about why the person was selling it.

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