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Hey! friends. As my name indicates I do lots of computer stuff to help folks out. I enjoy woodworking when I can find the time.
I have an old Craftsman 315.17460 that I inherited from my Dad. I have run it once and made a mess but it was fun. I need some bits so I read the "sticky" on that. I think that the 17460 has 1/4 " collet. Can I put a 1/2" on it? If so where can I get one. Also thinking about a router table in the future. Where can I get input on making verses buying one?
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Many Craftsman routers only came with a 1/4" collet. You might try ereplacementparts I think the site is called and try finding that router model and see if a 1/2 collet is among the parts. Partsdirect is another. As for a router table, there are numerous old posts about router tables in the archives here. Just search the forum for router tables.

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Thanks for the tips. Have not found a 1/2" yet but will keep looking.
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Welcome to the forum.

This question come up many times and I doubt that a 1/2" collet is available for this old single speed router.

http://www.routerforums.com/general-...-possible.html

For many router bits, only a 1/4" shank will suffice. Use 1/4" bits until you get proficient with the router. Any bits you buy, you will still be able to use after you upgrade.

When you want to upgrade, buy a newer router with 1/2" and 1/4" shank collet...

The 1/4" shank router is still a very useful tool.

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Your router would most likely not be powerful enough even if you found a 1/2" collet. For the price of a new collet you could find a used router equal to the old Craftsman.
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I have the same router...1/4" collet only. Difficult to keep a depth setting, but it was my first router and won't die, so i still have it and use it every now and then. Mine is set up to mount in the accessory table of my Ryobi BT3000 table saw.
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I like that direction. I will try some inexpensive bits to start then upgrade the router as I gain some skill.
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I have the same router...1/4" collet only. Difficult to keep a depth setting, but it was my first router and won't die, so i still have it and use it every now and then. Mine is set up to mount in the accessory table of my Ryobi BT3000 table saw.
Good suggestion! I will make a router table to be same height and size as my radial arm saw.

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I like that direction. I will try some inexpensive bits to start then upgrade the router as I gain some skill.
Bill I have said this before, woodworking and cutting with routers is infectious or a bit like eating salty crackers, that is, once you start then you cannot stop, I don't know what your skill level is or what you intend to use the router cutters for, or what you mean by "inexpensive cutters" but my experience is that cheap router cutters are worthless and they do not cut cleanly or work well for very long, I always say that you should buy good quality cutters and then treat them kindly, you should only buy cutters that you will use and over the years you will collect a set of cutters that are worth having, don't waste money on "sets" of cheap cutters as you will find that most of the cutters in the set never get used and that the ones you do use don't work that well anyway, so just buy the ones that you what to use and get "good" rather than "cheap", good cutters deserve to be sharpened when they get a dull edge, don't overheat them by forcing them to cut too hard, just cut in easy stages and if you do then you will find that these good cutters can last a very long time and they will also fit into a new router when you get a better one, don't ever forget that "Working with wood is fun" NGM
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