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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-15-2014, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
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Default Problems changing bits

This is my first post. I am an experienced woodworker but old age and arthritis have affected certain tasks. I use a Dewalt 611 for free-hand routing. It is especially nice to use for detail work like reducing the level of the background around a carving. My problem is that the Dewalt requires pressing in a detent while holding the body of the router and using a single wrench to change the bit. My left hand just doesn't grip well enough.
I have used the tail vise in my workbench to hold the router while pressing the detent. It works but is hard on the case. I have tried jamming in a screwdriver blade to lock the spindle and it works marginally.
While I like using the Dewalt because of the LEDs, my Bosch Colt is much easier to to handle during bit changes because it uses two wrenches.
I wonder if anyone with a similar problem has a better solution.
By the way, I use a 3HP Dewalt in my router table and really like the Router Raizer I attached. It is much cheaper than other above table router lifts.
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Welcome to the forum, John.

Sounds like a "MuscleChuck" should help you.

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Main reason I don't like these silly single wrench/armature locks.
That, and the fact you can't tighten the collet to spec.
The result of market issues, a penalty to the user, nutso.
No known solution & I have been through >50 routers.
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Welcome to the forum John.

My suggestion for your struggle in changing bits is to take the router to your nearest hardware store and work with someone there to find a pair of channel lock pliers that would circle the area and draw that annoying lock into place. Our Canadian Tire store carries a design similar to the shape used on an oil filter. Taking the routervwith you gives you a chance to experiment until you find what works.

Mobility stores dealing in aging also have a wealth of gadgets. They have something to help loosen jar tops which is like a pair of circular pliers.

Best of luck.
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