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Need comments from those that have used this: Router Collet Extension

I bought one of these extensions and have been testing the fit on my setup The problem is that the collet doesn't release without a good rap to the side and that only works some of the time. I sometimes have to remove it from the router with the bit still in (collet is loose) to get the bit out. I applied some assy lube to the collet and shaft tapers and that makes it work a little better but I still have to give it a rap to release it, even if I'm really careful about how tight I make it.

I'm wondering if this is normal, or if I have a defective one. Is there a better nut and collet that can be used on this extension. The nut that comes with it does not pull the collet out when loosened. The collets on all my routers lock to the nut (one way or another).

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They will until you use it a bit, I had the same error so I made a small jig to pop out the bit easy,,the error comes from that it is type or to say that it is not..many collets have a ring that takes the load off the inside collet when you take off the top nut..the jig is some 1/4" thick oak with a slot (1 /4" wide and 1/2" for both types of bits) on each end to slip over and under the bit on the shank of the bit and with a quick tap/push the bit will come right out..

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Need comments from those that have used this: Router Collet Extension

I bought one of these extensions and have been testing the fit on my setup The problem is that the collet doesn't release without a good rap to the side and that only works some of the time. I sometimes have to remove it from the router with the bit still in (collet is loose) to get the bit out. I applied some assy lube to the collet and shaft tapers and that makes it work a little better but I still have to give it a rap to release it, even if I'm really careful about how tight I make it.

I'm wondering if this is normal, or if I have a defective one. Is there a better nut and collet that can be used on this extension. The nut that comes with it does not pull the collet out when loosened. The collets on all my routers lock to the nut (one way or another).

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They will until you use it a bit, I had the same error so I made a small jig to pop out the bit easy,,the error comes from that it is type or to say that it is not..many collets have a ring that takes the load off the inside collet when you take off the top nut..the jig is some 1/4" thick oak with a slot (1 /4" wide and 1/2" for both types of bits) on each end to slip over and under the bit on the shank of the bit and with a quick tap/push the bit will come right out..

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I figured it would be you that answered me; it seems you have at least 2 of every tool made .

That's sounds like a good idea but what about for a spiral bit? I was planning on leaving this extension in the router as a permanent part of the router table.
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Hi Robert

That's hard one ( spiral bit? ) I use a needle nose vise grip and a bit of a rag wrapped around the shank for that one. Vise grip,,The real small ones..the little oak jig works the same way when the vise grip is in place.

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I figured it would be you that answered me; it seems you have at least 2 of every tool made .

That's sounds like a good idea but what about for a spiral bit? I was planning on leaving this extension in the router as a permanent part of the router table.



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That's hard one ( spiral bit? ) I use a needle nose vise grip and a bit of a rag wrapped around the shank for that one. Vise grip,,The real small ones..the little oak jig works the same way when the vise grip is in place.

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the "extreme technologies" router extension collet is something i would like to try. my makita 3612c' collet is way below the table and yes i am having this back breaking chore of removing bits.
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