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Hello - joined today! Found this site when trying to find out how to change a router bit in my Craftsman Router - fitted into a router table. Been going round and round with a wrench and getting nowhere fast.

I am right near the end of a project and need to change bits (husband is not here and he put in the last one)

Sure appreciate a response. - Thanks - Judy
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If you need to ask how to do this, you probably shouldn't be messing with it. If you manage to get the bit out but the next bit is not secured properly, you could get hurt really, really bad! I'm not joking, or trying to be funny.

That said:

You can google the model and make of the router and find an owner's manual online. it should explain this.

Otherwise:

Depending on the router model, there might be a shaft lock button, or slide. If not you'll need 2 wrenches. These are usually flat (thin) metal and they come with the router (they're usually black).

If the router has a shaft lock, unplug router, lock shaft, and use a wrench on the collet nut (right behind the bit). Looking at it from the bit end, turn CCW to loosen and remove bit.

If no shaft locking feature, you need two wrenches. One goes on the shaft just behind the collet nut; there should be two flats on the shaft. The other wrench goes on the colllet nut. Collet nut must be turned CCW. If you position the wrnches correctly, you should be able to squeeze them together to break the collet nut free.

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Hi Judy. Welcome to our little corner of the 'net.

I can't argue with what Roger said.. a little knowledge here can be a VERY dangerous thing.

Check here for a manual for your router: Craftsman or here: Craftsman Manuals. Hopefully you can find one that will tell you what you want to know.

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Hi Judy, Welcome.
I agree with the others on safety for a router. Reading the manual is good advise. I don't know which model you are referring to but there might be a little black pin you need to push in to lock the collet from turning so you can loosen the nut on the collet with a wrench. Some routers take two wrenches but you should have two nuts.

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Hi Judy
Why not just wait till your husband gets home(G)
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Welcome to the forum, Judy

I agree with the earlier posts, check the manual.....

Safety is so important.

I hope you find the right method and let the router become your friend...

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Hey Judy did you have one or two wrenches with the router?
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