replacement collet for Harbor Freight router?? - Router Forums
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-07-2015, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
Join Date: Dec 2015
Country: United States
First Name: N/a
Posts: 3
Default replacement collet for Harbor Freight router??

My Dad's sister gave me her ex-husbands old router. But it's missing the collet. Yes I know it's probably a crappy router, so please don't say "return it and get a better router" because that's just not possible. And yes I searched this forum and google first but no luck.

It's branded as a "American Tool Exchange" 1/2" plunge router but it looks exactly like the Chicago Electric routers on the Harbor Freight website. Except a different color, and probably much older. BTW, I'm hoping to make a router table with it.

Amazon has collets for porter cable, craftsman, dewalt, etc., I just need to know which one to buy. Are they universal? like angle grinder parts? Do I need to measure the output shaft threads?

mannydantyla is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-07-2015, 04:49 PM
Forum Contributor
Herb Stoops's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2014
Country: United States
First Name: Herb
Posts: 8,090

Check with It says they have parts.

Welcome to the forum Manny

Last edited by Herb Stoops; 12-07-2015 at 05:01 PM.
Herb Stoops is online now  
post #3 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-07-2015, 05:00 PM
Moderation Team
Semipro's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2013
Country: United States
First Name: John_*
Posts: 6,681

Hello and welcome to the router forum.
NO Collets are really not interchangeable,that being said yes some are interchangeable with different model ( I realize it is confusing ) I think Harbor freight maybe able to tell you where to buy the part or you need to give us a model number maybe even a picture so we can figure out who actually built the router
maybe there is a member that owns one of these that can help you, good luck

Looking forward to your participation.
Filling out your profile to include (first name,tools and short bio is strictly (optional )but does help members to better relate to each other.
Thank You John
Semipro is online now  
Sponsored Links
post #4 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-07-2015, 05:20 PM
Registered User
gjackson52's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2015
Country: United States
First Name: Gary
Posts: 652

Welcome to the forum !

gjackson52 is offline  
post #5 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-07-2015, 06:02 PM
Official Greeter
old55's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2013
Country: Australia
First Name: Ross
Posts: 7,089

Welcome to the forum.

Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia

Enjoy the knowledge of others that can be found within.

ĎMembers are requested to add a first name in their profile as we are a very friendly bunch here'.
old55 is online now  
post #6 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-07-2015, 06:57 PM
Forum Contributor
Stick486's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2013
Country: United States
First Name: Stick
Posts: 29,176


This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

Forget the primal scream, just ROAR!!!
"SNORK Mountain Congressional Library and TaxidermyĒ
Stick486 is online now  
post #7 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-07-2015, 07:22 PM
Registered User
Join Date: Nov 2012
Country: United States
First Name: Richard
Posts: 2,983

Welcome to the forum.

"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits". Albert Einstein
Shop guy is offline  
post #8 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-07-2015, 08:35 PM
Moderation Team
Cherryville Chuck's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2010
Country: Canada
First Name: Charles
Posts: 15,914

Welcome to the forum Manny. Plus 1 with what Semipro says. Some other brand's collet would have to have the same outer diameter, the same length, and the same taper to work. It is very likely that cheap routers like that are made in one factory with several different names on it but don't try it unless you are absolutely certain they are the same.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
Cherryville Chuck is offline  
post #9 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-07-2015, 08:46 PM
Registered User
RainMan 2.0's Avatar
Join Date: May 2014
Country: Canada
First Name: Rick
Posts: 16,823

Sorry I can't help with your query , but welcome to a great forum

I donít always insulate , but when I do .
Ok ,I never insulate
RainMan 2.0 is offline  
post #10 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-07-2015, 09:29 PM
Registered User
PhilBa's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2014
Country: United States
First Name: phil
Posts: 1,533

My idea of a replacement collet for an HF router comes with a router attached and writing on the side that says "Bosch" or "Porter Cable". I know you didn't want to hear that but thought it a little humorous...

Anyway, HF is pretty bad when it comes to replacement parts. If you have trouble getting one from them, look at router pictures and see if there is some other brand that looks like the one you have. I think Ryobi made some of HFs routers so that might be a place to start. HF doesn't actually make anything they sell. Some other company made that router and you might be able to find a compatible collet with them.

Measure twice, cut once and CROSS OUT THE WRONG MARKS.

Visit my shop website.
PhilBa is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Router Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
replacing collet on Bosch router SanderW General Routing 15 03-31-2019 02:58 PM
Getting Started With A Woodworking Router. learnexperience Table-mounted Routing 9 10-22-2014 06:43 PM
Ridgid R2930 (fixed and plunge base routee) xplorx4 Tool Reviews 15 09-23-2014 08:15 AM
Using Your Router For The First Time learnexperience General Routing 0 07-23-2011 09:20 PM
Already Problems neuschu New Member Introductions 11 12-15-2009 07:01 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome