I will need to disagree with Harry on this one, it's safety thing...
I recommend tighten a collet nut all the way, that's to say put all you can in to it, the bit must stay in place and must not move or come out when the router is spining it at 24,000 rpm. ,I have in the pass got lazzy and didn't go the extra mile and they have come out, the norm. is in the wood or just come up in the slot when I'm making a pass.... that's why you should never use your hand to push stock over the bit they do come out from time to time...oil on the bit,dust on the bit,chips in the collet nut,etc. will keep the bit from staying in place..
If you watch the RWS show like I do both Bob and Rick crank the nut down, I use the off set type wrench on most of my router tables and some times I move the table just a bit when I crank them down....but this extra step will save me from making a 911 call.
Take a hard look at the wrenchs that came with your routers, some are 6" to 8" long, some are 4" to 5" long ( like on trim routers) the Mfg. knows you can just only get so much torq. from a tool that is only 6" long or shorter , the user maybe a 350lb. guy to a 80lb. person ,they know when the threads on a nut will fall and take in acount when they make the wrench for the router...(tool)
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Last edited by bobj3; 07-13-2007 at 09:28 AM.