Read Your Manual
Apparently you didn't read the manual for your router. Here is a note from the manual for my Craftsman router:
NOTE: The collet/nut is self-releasing; it is not necessary to strike the collet/nut to free the router cutting bit. If the cutting bit seems stuck after use, loosen the collet/nut a little more until it releases.
Not all routers will have this feature, but most new ones will. I read the manual from cover to cover on every new tool. If you don't have a manual, find one. The sharpest tool in your shop should be your mind. The shortest route to injury (Yours or someone Else's) is not understanding how to operate the tool(s) you are using.
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Last edited by curiousgeorge; 05-02-2009 at 01:37 AM.