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I disassembled the collet on my Craftsman 315-269210 router....now I cannot seem to get the four jaws in the right order. I didn't realize when I took it apart that the jaws weren't all the same. The manual is no help, and neither are the folks at Sears. I've spent hours trying different combinations, and nothing has worked yet. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Welcome Jim. I've never seen a router collet that came as separate pieces before. I"m pretty sure I can see the break lines between the segments. You need a new collet and that can sometimes be a problem for Sears routers as Sears doesn't have a good record of stocking parts for old routers. I don't know if it will help but the router was made by Ryobi.

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

I agree with Charles, I've never seen a collet like that either.

If you need a manual for that router, I just uploaded one here: craftsman-315-269210-router It's in PDDF format, you can either download it or read it online. You will need Adobe Acrobat, or Adobe Reader to view it.

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occasionally, a collet like that will be held together by a circular spring around the outside. but very unlikely on a router chuck due to high speed balance problems.
If you dont remember a spring, then what the others said.
Its dead. Bury it.
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Welcome to the forum Jim . I kinda took a double take as like Charles the first thing I thought was the collet broke into pieces
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Jim, what I see here is a perfect excuse to buy a new router. Lots of folks here are partial to the Bosch 1617, but Porter Cable, Milwaukee and Dewalt also make good routers. Stay away from Skil, Ryobi and Craftsman.

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Are there numbers stamped on the jaws?

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Welcome Jim. You'll find we are a happy, friendly, helpful, fun loving group
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Jim, what I see here is a perfect excuse to buy a new router. Lots of folks here are partial to the Bosch 1617, but Porter Cable, Milwaukee and Dewalt also make good routers. Stay away from Skil, Ryobi and Craftsman.
The DeWalt 618PK plunge/fixed base kit is pretty cheap right now - $25 off so it's around 165-175 online. I think it's 175 at home depot with free shipping but I've seen it cheaper on amazon.

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I agree with others. I have 3 Craftsman routers and the collet you show is definitely broken. You can try to find a used router for parts ....OR.... as others have said; Now you have an excuse to buy a new Router. Best of luck to you either way and hope you enjoy your time spent here on Router forums.

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