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This is a Skil 1835 from many decades ago. I have always had trouble with the 1/4" collet. As you can see, it's in 4 pieces, and inevitably, when removing or inserting a bit, one or more of the pieces will fall deeper into the chamber, causing problems inserting a new bit. Is there supposed to be an "o" ring holding them together, or am I doing something wrong? This has been an on-going problem for me since I acquired the router, way back when. Could be why I have not been too anxious in the past to further my router experience. Any help 0r suggestions would be welcome.

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Hi Neal

This type takes a wire snap ring,,,, they are hard to find, they are easy to make if you have some spring wire on hand...you can sometimes use a spring and cut off one coil, but it must be the right size and SMALL to fit in the small slots on the collet parts..

I'm sure Skill server center will have one but it's a 10 cents item if that.
You may want to check your ACE hardware store I think I recall seeing some...with the other fastners...

It's one of the JC clips,,, JC !!! where did it go...

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This is a Skil 1835 from many decades ago. I have always had trouble with the 1/4" collet. As you can see, it's in 4 pieces, and inevitably, when removing or inserting a bit, one or more of the pieces will fall deeper into the chamber, causing problems inserting a new bit. Is there supposed to be an "o" ring holding them together, or am I doing something wrong? This has been an on-going problem for me since I acquired the router, way back when. Could be why I have not been too anxious in the past to further my router experience. Any help 0r suggestions would be welcome.

Thanks, gang;

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Thanks for the quick reply, Bob. That ring must have been missing from day one, since I don't ever recall seeing it. 'Course, at this age, I'm lucky to recall anything! LOL. Great suggestion. I'll head to my local hardware now. Thanks again

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