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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-30-2012, 02:37 AM Thread Starter
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Default G'day fellow wood-workers from a new kid on the block.

I have just purchased a second hand Ryobi Router RE-600NA 3hp variable speed...in excellent condition...but there is a significant block to its use.

The (collet) bit holder appears to be jammed closed and I'm unable to move the nut one way or the other. My question, which way does the nut have to be moved to close or open the collet? I'm afraid to exercise too much force in case I break the spindle lock button. Has anyone out there experienced this kind of problem before?

If the nut cannot be moved I can and will return it for a refund. It is, potentially, a very good tool and I am reluctant to take it back.

I'd be grateful for a reply.

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Greetings Allan,

Welcome to The Router Forums.

As I am unsure whether you have a manual for that unit, here is a link to a page on this site with that manual

Ryobi RE600 Manual

Both my Craftsman and Miller's falls routers, when looking directly at the bit, the nut is rotated counter clockwise to remove it. When it is free of the shaft, the collet and bit can be removed. With some of my bits, they can be twisted free from the collet without complete removal of the nut, collet & bit from the machine.

I am also a fan of using WD-40 and patience to help loosen a seized nut, bolt or fastener on just about anything. In the case of the two used routers I used it to free up the collet nuts on, I sprayed quite liberally facing the side of the bit so as not to flood the insides and douse the shaft. One of them (a mid 90's model) came loose easily a couple hours later. The early 60's model router didn't come loose after 6 hours so I sprayed it again. The next morning after another 12 hours or so it came loose!

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As the router sits upside down, you would be turning counter clockwise to loosen.

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.
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