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FT3000VCE router. Having trouble inserting/extracting standard 1/2 inch bits. Collet appears to be too small by a fraction. New out of the box router - wondering if issue couid be metr
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Travis, sometimes the collet nut is tightened a bit too much without a bit in the collet and this casues the collet to squeeze down too much. You should be able to carefully open the collet slightly with a sharp knife edge and it will be fine in the future.

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Mike, thanks for the response. I,ve taken the assembly apart several times. I can get the bit in with difficulty. Extracting it is a major effort. Have not had similar problems with other routers. So wondered if my standard US bits are too large for the collet.
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OK, figured it out. You have to seat the collet fully into the nut. Apparently new out of the box they don,t crank it down all the way. It just didn't make sense that it was a fraction off. Finally looked at another router and noticed nut and collet were fully seated. Oh brother!
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An important lesson learned Travis, you are on your way.

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Travis. Thanks for the reminder of seating the bit properly. Sometimes when in a hurry it becomes an obscure part of setup.
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Greetings Travis,

Welcome to The Router Forums. Thank you for taking the time to join up and introduce yourself. This is a great place to exchange ideas and information on how to get the most out of your router!

Thanks for reaching out for input on your bit tightening issues and even more so for sharing what the solution turned out to be.

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Yes, it was frustrating after spending the time carefully assembling the table, leveling and setting the fence etc. After all was completed and ready - attempt to load a bit and it doesn't fit! Then you start the problem solving routine - what did I miss? After several walk throughts you conclude, it wasn't me has to be the tool. Then experience tells you - not likley, you missed something so go back and keep looking. And sure enough.

Thank you for the welcomes and responses, look forward to exchanging ideas and solving problems.

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