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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?

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Check with http://routerbits.guidestobuy.com/2-...-plunge-router It says they have parts.

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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

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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.

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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.

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