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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-21-2015, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
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May I ask if any one knows how tight to make the collet nut on the bit please?
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Hand tight, but not overtight.

They make the wrenches short for a reason.....

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No need for teeth-clenching tightness. Keep in mind that the router's direction of rotation will contribute to keeping it tight.

Keep the collet clean and remove the bit when done. If it's left under stress (tight) for any length of time it can warp it out of shape.
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30"-pounds min.
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All good points. alternatively, consider adding a Musclechuck and follow their directions.

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All good points. alternatively, consider adding a Musclechuck and follow their directions.
I second the Musclechuck. I bought one on the recommendation of a member of this forum and liked it so much that I bought 2 more. I plan to get 2 additional ones for other routers. Saving my pennies...

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Wow...those babies are pricey!
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Wow...those babies are pricey!
Quality is usually pricey but quality makes life easier and lasts longer

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Whilst I agree with all these posts, Jon and Greg really have the definitive answer.
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