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I have an older Craftsman router (315.17470) which has a 1/4" collet. I am having difficulty finding a template bit with a 1/4" shank. I want to know if I can change the collet on my router to accomodate a 1/2" shank.
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The short would be NO But what type of bit are looking for they make many router bits in the 1/4" shank size, just post a picture of the bit you want to find if we can't help you find it just buy a new router with a 1/2' collet..

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Hello and welcome to the forum

Rockler, Woodcrafter, Amazon there are a lot of places that sell 1/4 shank pattern bits just google

The answer on collet no you can go from 1/2 to 1/4 but not the other way
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Hi _____, welcome to our little corner of the 'net.

You could also try here: Lee Valley

And, as Bob suggested, think about getting a new router. One of my routers is an older Craftsman similar to yours, and while it is still a very useful tool, the new routers open up a whole new world.

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Welcome to the forum.

You could also look at guide bushings.

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Thank you all for your replies. I did manage to find a flush trim bit with bearing guides top and bottom with a 1/4" shank (Freud) for my template work. I will be looking for a newer router with a 1/2" collet but I don't need it for the current small project.
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