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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 12-15-2009, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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I am in the market for a collet extension to be able to change out bits while the router is mounted under the table. What options / features should I be looking for?

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Accurate, easy to change bits. A good price and a few positive reccomendations. Try the deal at MLCS.
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I have one, but have yet to use it. It seems hefty. The router better have good bearings.
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Extension Collet no big deal at all ...

Many 1/4" and some 1/2" bits are just to short, the Extension will take care of that error, many and I have pull the bit out of the collet to the max and it's not safe and I know that and the extension makes it a safe way to use the router bits plus it will let you change the bits out from the top side of the router table.

Take a hard look at the BIG panel bits, now that's a real test for the router and it must have good bearing to swing that mass of steel at 40 mph...on the end of a 1/2" shank of steel not to say anything about when it hits the stock at 40 mph..and gets that shock...

I'm just a user of the Extension and to me it's like getting slice bread after not having any...


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Look at the collet extenders sold by MLCS. If you are in the U.S. you can get them very quickly. The seem to be solidly built and add minimal chances for wobble or other forms of unsteadiness. The best and safest situation of course is for the router bit to be attached directly in the collet. Have you considered alternatives such as Router Raizer, bent wrenches that allow you to work above the table while the collet is below the table.

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Whilst I have a CMT extension, it's used on the rare occasions when that extra depth of cut is necessary but I would never consider using it full time, as Tom has mentioned, it's safest to have the cutter directly into the collet and use other methods to change cutters from above. You haven't stated what router you have, whether two spanners are required or one with a spindle lock in which case one hand would still need to be under the table to hold it engaged.

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What model do you use Bobj3?
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Harry you crack me up " spanners " hahahahaha LOL LOL LOL
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Whilst I have a CMT extension, it's used on the rare occasions when that extra depth of cut is necessary but I would never consider using it full time, as Tom has mentioned, it's safest to have the cutter directly into the collet and use other methods to change cutters from above. You haven't stated what router you have, whether two spanners are required or one with a spindle lock in which case one hand would still need to be under the table to hold it engaged.



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If you are not looking for much extra height or just want the convenience of table top bit switching, you might look at the Eliminator RC. I used one of these for a while with the DeWalt 625 and it works great.
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Hi Frank

I tried one but didn't like the little nick the set screw puts in shank of the bits ... then if I would use the bit in some other router without the Eliminator it would hang up just a little bit and I was not to sure if the bit was in right and tight ,,,the MLCS works just like the chuck on the router

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If you are not looking for much extra height or just want the convenience of table top bit switching, you might look at the Eliminator RC. I used one of these for a while with the DeWalt 625 and it works great.
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