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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-05-2014, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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I have the big hitachi robot m12v something or other.for some unknown reason once in a blue moon it will just let go of the bit.i have and do own several routers and this is the only one that I have had this problem with.
Can anyone recommend a aftermarket collet that will solve this glitch?
Annoyed me so much today I shoved it aside in frustration and went and bought a bosh
Kit with fixed and plunge bases to finish my project
Need a mid size router anyway as the hitachi is just too clumsy for most hand held work,and have a big PC dedicated to my table but would still like to have the hitachi ready to use
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Al I can't help with your query but am sure someone will be along to give advice.

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I don't personally own one, yet, Al, but the guys that have a Muscle Chuck swear by them. (As opposed to at them)...
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I meant to mention that if the bit bottoms out in your collet it might do exactly as you're experiencing. It should be lifted slightly off the bottom of the collet's throat.
Small rubber grommets have been recommended here.
(I believe they're available as an accessory when you order a Muscle Chuck)
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Al make sure that the collet and nut are snap together,I did add the Muscle chuck to mine and really like it.

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Drop am o ring in the bottom of the router shaft.
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You didn't mention which size diameter bit shank (1/4" or 1/2") you were using at the time this happened and whether the router was being used in a table or hand held. Some possible causes for this situation: you may have inserted the bit all the way into the collet and bottom it out and therefore the transition fillet (the curved radius area the shank of the bit where it meets the cutting head) is the only small contact point the bit makes with the collet nut when it is tightened and come loose very quick. This wouldn't happen if the bit was raised up slightly so the entire shaft of the bit can make contact with the collet assembly. Also, there may be saw dust stuck in the collet that can cause the problem too. Again, you could have a slightly undersized shank shaft on your particular bit that caused this problem and if so, there is nothing to do but to replace this bit. Does you situation happen with all bits? If so, you may need to replace the collet.

I have same model router that you have and only once did I have the same problem you had and that was when I was first starting out in woodworking I didn't realize I had to use multiple shallow cuts instead of one deep cut. A deep cut causes considerable which a can cause the collet to loosen. The best solution is to take ligher cuts and increase the depth in successive passes.
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How long have you had the router? Is it not time to replace the collet? A worn collet can give the problem you describe.

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Thanks for the comments
Bit is quarter inch shank
Did not have cutter bottomed out or riding on the radius
Router is not that old and not used often as I have several other routers and this one is not giving me a warm and fuzzy feeling,chuck is not warn,in fact did the same thing the third time I used it
All three times it has done it was with quarter inch collet
Half inch has been ok the few times I used it and as stated above I have never had this happen with any outher router,my first being a b&d 33 years ago
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Went back at the job with my new Bosch 1617,same bit,procedure,depth of cut etc.did twice as many cuts,no problems.
Two observations
:the Bosch is a quality tool that just feels right,a pleasure to use
: the Bosch collet fits the hitachi and seems identical in all respects,but feels different in the nut
Going to try and find extra collets for the Bosch and try using them in the hitachi

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