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Hi all.
This is my first post on your forum, but I am hoping someone may be able to give me a little advice.
The situation is as follows: I have hired out a Makita 3612c router and am trying to fit the bit inside what I believe is called the collet. However, the bit will not go into the collet properly and there appears to be an extra piece inside it - I think!
Have gone through the instruction sheet that came with the tools and the diagrams match up. So have searched for the manual, which is how I came across your forum.
Can anyone shed any light on my predicament please? I want to get the worksurface cut and in place today if possible.
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Hi all.
This is my first post on your forum, but I am hoping someone may be able to give me a little advice.
The situation is as follows: I have hired out a Makita 3612c router and am trying to fit the bit inside what I believe is called the collet. However, the bit will not go into the collet properly and there appears to be an extra piece inside it - I think!
Have gone through the instruction sheet that came with the tools and the diagrams match up. So have searched for the manual, which is how I came across your forum.
Can anyone shed any light on my predicament please? I want to get the worksurface cut and in place today if possible.
Hi - I'm not real familiar with the 3612 but on most routers the collet is actually a two part assembly. There is a cone shaped device with a hole down the center and a nut that holds the collet onto the router. I'm thinking that the "extra piece" you are referring to is actually the collet itself. If the nut is snug with no bit in the collet, the collet will be collapsed enought that a bit will not slip in. Not to worry, this is by design.
I suggest you remove the nut completely. The collet part should come out with the nut although I am not 100% sure on this with the Makita. With the collet and nut in your hand, the bit should slide into the collet easily.

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Is it possible that you are using a ľ” bit in a Ĺ” collet?
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Make sure you are using the right bit in the router, some are metric and some are fractional..6 mm, just under 1/4"

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Hi all.
This is my first post on your forum, but I am hoping someone may be able to give me a little advice.
The situation is as follows: I have hired out a Makita 3612c router and am trying to fit the bit inside what I believe is called the collet. However, the bit will not go into the collet properly and there appears to be an extra piece inside it - I think!
Have gone through the instruction sheet that came with the tools and the diagrams match up. So have searched for the manual, which is how I came across your forum.
Can anyone shed any light on my predicament please? I want to get the worksurface cut and in place today if possible.



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Welcome to the forums jellibeanz.




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Thanks for all your help guys. Turned out I wasn't a complete numpty after all. There was in fact a smaller collet totally jammed in the main one!
Thankfully the hire co were cool about it and have arranged for me to have another on hire next weekend
So I will just have to live without my kitchen for another week. It will, however, be worth the wait.
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