I have just order a router off of ebay it is a cheap chicago 1-1/2 hp plunge router with only a 1/4" collet, I purchased it so I could bull nose my stair treads. They are 2"x12" treads so I think I need a 3/4" roundover bit but I can only find it in a 1/2" shanke. can I buy an after market collet or other brand collet to fit my router or can someone provide me with a link to a sight that sells it with a 1/4" shanke. I should have resurched what I needed before purchasing but it was a great deal and I only had about 2 sec. left in the auction so I bought it. I always wanted a router and now I have one even if it will not work for this project. Thanks for any help you can offer.
Hi Cory - welcome to the forum
Boy, I have one of those bits and it is a pretty good chunk of steel to be balanced on the end of a stick about the size of a pencil. Then spin it at 20,000 rpm +
Me thinks that would be a plan General Custer himself could be proud of.
Seriously, you may be able to find a bit like that from some Chinese outfit, not particularly concerned with safety but I doubt you will find anything of meaningful quality. Actually, for stairs, a 1/2" radius should work for you and they are readily available.
As far as a collet goes, I think Chicago refers to Chicago Electric which is a Harbor Freight house brand and I doubt you will be able to find a 1/2" collet for it either.
In reference to your question about table mounting it, yes, many have plunge routers table mounted. Most of the larger, 3+ hp, routers aren't even available in fixed base.
Sorry I couldn't be more positive..
. Someone else will likely jump in here soon with some other thoughts.
Thanks for joining, will be looking forward to hearing more from you.