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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-02-2020, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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I am just setting up my woodwork shop and purchased a DeWalt 26200 fixed base router and a second fixed base so that I could make two different router tables. There is a small but very irritating problem: the 1/4 inch collet has instead of a six-sided nut a cylindrical nut with only two flats on it. This makes it extremely difficult to tighten when the collet is inside the fixed base and accessible only through a little window in the base casing.
I have had to purchase a new collet with a standard type of nut for 30. Why do DeWalt supply the nut with two flats? It seems to have only disadvantages compared with the six-sided nut shown in all their drawings of the 26200.
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That appears to be our model 611. I have one and find it easier to remove the motor from the base when making bit changes. It's quite simple to do that way. Welcome to the forum by the way Brad.
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Welcome to the forum,Brad. Who knows why the manufactures do what they do. I had a PC trim router that I can only change bits by removing the motor from the base, and it was a hex nut Also in the past I have had routers that have a button to lock the shaft to change bits that has worn to the point of not locking the shaft.

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Welcome aboard Brad. As stated manufactures seems to do some strange things at times. For me I use a lift on my tables and that raises it up high enough to reach without taking anything apart. Aside from that the Musclechuck may fit the bill for some additional $$
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Hey, Brad; welcome! If you and others don't complain to the Mfg. change won't happen. You'd think they'd run this stuff past high volume users (focus groups) before they finalize production.
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I tried taking the router out of the base in order to change the bit. The procedure is that you hold the router firmly in one hand, press the yellow button to prevent the collet from rotating, and with ..... your third hand?... you tighten the collet nut with a spanner. Since I have only two hands I attempted to hold the router in my woodvice. Being a smooth cylinder, it slips and I finally ended up making a device like a giant wooden clothespeg with some internal pins that ran in the grooves in the cylinder and stopped the whole caboodle from rotating. Now that I have a decent hex nut on the collet this is all unnecessary. If anyone is considering buying a DeWalt 26200 I recommend that they refuse to purchase unless the hex nut is supplied, as shown in the drawings. Also, if anyone is making an under-table setup I would recommend that the table should be hinged so that the axis of the collet is horizontal. This allows the bit to be positioned correctly: if the axis is vertical the bit tends to drop down inside the collet and so you need that third hand to hold it.....
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Sorry.... I should have written 'hinged so that the table can be lifted until the axis of the collet is horizontal'. A hinged table makes it much easier to change bits in a router table.
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I think my 611 nut has 4 flats but as you say trying to hold the router and the recessed button with limited space for the wrench is frustrating. It removes very quickly from the base though. There are 2 tabs on the adjustment ring that need to be squeezed together to release that from the motor. I find it very easy to hold the motor and depress the lock button with one hand that way. Mine is only used handheld.

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