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I was excited to receive my MuscleChucks for my Bosch routers. The router that is mounted to the CNC table got the first one.

Well ... I am a bit bewildered. I installed it per the video directions and it DID allow me to change out bits fairly quickly. However, the vibration. I did as the video suggested, rotating the bit 180 degrees, then 90, then 45, and every other angle in between, looking for that "sweet spot" where everything was in harmony. I never found it.

I changed to three different bits, including two brand new bits. I changed the speed of the motor, and did everything else I could think of, but I could not get rid of the vibration. I thought the bearing on the router had gone bad, but when I removed the MuscleChuck, it began to hum again, with no issues.

To be fair to MuscleChuck, I only installed one of the four units I ordered. I will give the others a try when I have more time to play with them.

What MuscleChuck really needs to add, is a centrifugal balancing wheel that can be installed along with the MuscleChuck unit to take out the vibrations. I don't know how that would work, exactly, but I know that motorcycles use discs with ceramic beads in them to balance wheels.

I am not Unhappy with these MuscleChuck units, but I really need to give them a good solid test before I decide they are not for me.

I DO LOVE the allen wrench bit change! That is NICE! It did force me to raise my router in the mount on the CNC table, since the MuscleChuck adds length to the shaft.

I have gone back to the two wrenches for now, because I have to concentrate on preparing for this craft show coming up on Sept. 19th. I will have more time to fiddle with things after that show is done.

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Joe, Musclechucks are balanced with very high precision. You do not rotate the bit for balance... you rotate the Musclechuck to dial it in to match your router. Once the Musclechuck matches your routers balance all bits will work properly in it. I am going to do a video of this process and post it on the Routerforums YouTube channel.
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Thanks for the review Joe . I'm interested to hear the out one of the others

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Thanks for the review. I've been considering one for my table, but there have been several not so wonderful reviews lately. Thanks Mike for the input. Hadn't occurred to me that the router itself could be a bit off balance. Multiply two out of balance items and it could be pretty shaky.

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Thanks. I am/will be watching with interest. I have looked at the web site and noted the new addition. I think I would buy them IF I can become proficient enough.
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You do not rotate the bit for balance... you rotate the Musclechuck to dial it in to match your router. Once the Musclechuck matches your routers balance all bits will work properly in it. .
Stupid ME. I should have thought of that. Thanks! I was rotating the bit, not the MuscleChuck.

I forgot Rule #1: Make sure BRAIN is engaged before starting machine!

Heading out to the shop now ...
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Joe, if you can't get the problem solved on your own, give John a call at Musclechuck. His number is on the contact page. It may take him a bit to return your call as he is kind of a "one man show" but he WILL get back to you.
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I didn't get to it today, but I have a renewed faith in the product, now knowing that I incorrectly rotated the BIT rather than the MuscleChuck!

I will try to to get to it tomorrow.
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I will try to to get to it tomorrow.
Aw Joe , the suspense is killing me

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