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