Router bits don't fit? Sorry, I'm new.
Hi, I'm trying to get my foot in woodworking, and I got a router for Christmas and I've already thought out my first big project using it, and I went out and bought myself some bits, two that are for 1/2" collets (is that the correct term for the thing that holds the bit in place?) and one that is for 1/4" collets.
My Skil comes with a 1/2" collet and a 1/4" adapter sleve, but none of my bits, not even the adapter sleve that it came with, fit. The collet tapers near the top and it tapers just a tad too much to the point that I can't get my bit in. Yes, I'm loosening the collet nut, I even took it off, but still no luck. What am I doing wrong or is this a factory defect?
Sorry if this is a stupid question, I'm new at this! I've used a router before, but my shop teacher always changed the bit for us.