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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-06-2015, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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Default Need advise on Milwaukee 5625-20 router

A couple weeks ago I found out that the collet was not securely locking the bit in place. With some force I was able to pull the bit out by hand. This is something I cannot do with my other 2 routers (makita and Porter Cable). I purchased a replacement collet and the collet nut as specified by Milwaukee tools. Strangely enough I'm experiencing the same problem. It seems as if the collet nut does not sufficiently pull the collet shaft to adequately squeeze the collet against the shank of the bit.

Of course I'm looking for any advise about this. Especially if you have this router and check out if you have the same situation.

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Hello Mario I'm sure somebody on the forum will be able to assist you.

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Most unusual. In my view, there is no better router OEM collet than Milwaukee.
Test with .500" precision steel dowel rod.
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Try checking the recess to see if there is anything that could be preventing the collet from seating in the taper. Also check the threads on the shaft and make sure there is no damaged spot that the nut is getting tight on before it seats the collet all the way. If you are not having that problem using the same bits with your other routers then it is not a problem with undersized shanks.

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Hi Mario. I have that router, and have never experienced what you describe. Is it a recent purchase? If so, I would take it back to the vendor and exchange it if you can't find the problem following Charles advice. Or contact Milwaukee about it. A loose bit is an accident waiting to happen.

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Is it possible there might be a high spot or burr on the taper in the spindle...?

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Actually I've been using the router for 4-5 years without incidents. It so happens that I just noticed this problem. I mostly use Freud or other brand name bits. I've sent for another collet and nut and will see how they work when I get them delivered.

BrianS, when I look at the collet shaft, there is about a 1/4 inch of thread on the inside without anything screwed in it. I'm now wondering if there should be something (like a thin ring or sleeve) screwed on there. Can you check your router to see if there is something there?

Thanks to all for your suggestions.
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I had a problem with my Milwaukee 5616 router collet where I had a difficult time removing bits. Most always had to take the entire collet off and use a wood dowel to force the bit out. I ended up buying a Musclechuck and it is now a pleasure to use.

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Are you sure you are not bottoming out the bit when you insert it into the collet? You have to keep the bit from bottoming out when you tightening it up.
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Are you sure you are not bottoming out the bit when you insert it into the collet? You have to keep the bit from bottoming out when you tightening it up.
Or not inserting the cutter deep enough into the collet?

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