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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-05-2017, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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I just purchased my first router - Chicago Electric plung router. Stupid me, I thew away the wrench for the collete (?) nut. Any suggestions on what I can use in place of this wrench? I haven't even used the router yet!
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Call harbor freight. They may surprise you with their customer service.

I use a regular combination wrench with my porter cable, you might find the flats on your collet match a standard wrench

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Check your users manual. Might be something like a 23mm wrench. Go buy one and get after it.

Also, check out this wrench. I bought it to use on my Bosch 1617.

I think It will also fit the Harbor Freight model. I had a router table with dedicated router mounted in it and the collet was the same size as the Bosch.

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I have a wrench that fits, but have been known to use a crescent wrench on the rare occasion. Tight fit, and slow going, but works. I only did that when I couldn't find my router wrench, so now I have it hanging on a nail, and make sure I hang it up again when finished with it.

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put it back after you're done with it. There is the secret to a happy life! I have a long nut on my router table for the wrenches, the threads help keep a grip on the wrench.

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Welcome to the forum Cory.

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Welcome Cory. As stated, any wrench the right size works. It's either metric or Imperial but I would hedge a bet on it being metric.

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You local Harbor Freight can give you a phone # and/or a web address for their Customer Service in CA. I needed it for a spring in a paint sprayer but found one locally at ACE hardware.

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I do allot of metal work as well as wood work. I made a few thin offset wrenches for my router table. I cut them out of an old lawn mower blade with an acetylene torch and a hand grinder. I then hardened and tempered them by quench cooling in oil and heat treating. I would think harbor Freight customer service could help you out but if they can't you can always make one. If you measure the size of the nut find a wrench that is the right size. If the wrench is too thick just grind it to make it thin enough to fit take a little at a time and keep the wrench cool by quenching make sure it it doesn't start changing colors like to blue or brown that means the temper is coming out. Hope that helps and welcome to the forum.
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I have just found the wrench that fit and ground it to the thin size I needed to fit. Thirty minutes at most. You can also use the older wrenches we used to use years ago to adjust valves on the old "L"Head motors. This was before overhead valves. They are very thin and work well. This kinda dates me, but they will work. Napa stores still carry some of these, I believe.
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