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How easy was this to achieve.Dismantled the old giant RT & needed to rout new table top for the insert plate. So I thought I would use my Triton 3.25hp router, as it hasn't been run for a while. Installed a straight 1/2 inch shank bit & attempted to set the required depth,but had forgot to install the spring.(Must have spring installed when used freehand) Being in forget mode,I let off the "brake" & the entire weight of the big Triton dropped down on the table & hit "bit first" & jammed said bit in the collet.I removed the collet nut & tried heat gun & tapping but I cant remove it.My memory is deserting me lately so I need some advise on STUCK BIT REMOVAL which is much appreciated.Thank you in anticipation, James

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Grab it with a Stilson and turn on???
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May be my last resort,James??lol

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A come along?*
I really like James's Stilson idea, if only for the potential entertainment value. (Try explaining that one to the ER Dr... )




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This may work depending on what bit is stuck in it. Try screwing the nut back on for at least several threads but don't tighten it. Put a socket that will fit on the face of the nut and give it a whack or three with a small ball peen hammer (hitting the socket). It sounds like one of those deals where brute force isn't really needed but the "sharpness" of the impacting hammer may jar it loose if that makes sense. I've had many double angle collets in my machinist days that had to have a light impact to release a cutter. The key is administering it without damaging anything.
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Thank you Scott ,I've never tried this method.Now if I can get someone to hold it while I hammer.James.

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Thank you Scott ,I've never tried this method.Now if I can get someone to hold it while I hammer.James.
Well now that sounds entertaining....think I'd opt for a vice. Just saying...
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I've gotten stuck bits out by holding them with vice grips and turning the router on. I've never had a problem. The other way to hold the bit would be to put it in a vice and turn the router on. It may not be the safest way but It's always worked for me.
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A sharp blow in the correct direction would likely work quickest; deadblow hammers are good for that.

Maybe cut a slot and hole into a piece of hard board and slip the bit thru it until the hole is just the size of the shaft. Then have at it. Only worry would be if there is a burr on the shaft from the drop and if the bit was damaged. A gear/steering wheel puller would also work, once you figure out how to grip the bit without damaging it, and ensuring perfect direction of force.
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