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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-10-2010, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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I am considering getting a fixed base router for exclusive use in my table. I plan to use " shanks as often as possible, but some " shank bits are unavoidable. My present router has both and " collets, but I understand some routers come with a " collet with an insert for " collets. How bad an idea is this? I'm willing to save up some money for a reasonably powerful motor, but if I can't find a dual-collet machine, is the insert model reasonably safe?

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The 1/4" adapter sleeves are supposed to work, but I'd rather use a 1/4" collet for direct grip on the bit's shank. One less pair of surfaces to keep clean.

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I have a few routers some have separate collets and some have the insert for 1/4 inch. I use the inserts all the time and don't have any operational or routing problems at all. The biggest problem I have with them is they are hard to get off the bit at times when I try to take them off.
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Roger,
I use a PC 7518 with two collets.
I'm not a fan of the inserts. I've had creep occur. And, that is truly frustrating. Tho, The better ones do grip better.

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Thanks, guys. This sorta confirms what I was thinking. I'll look for a router with separate collets. I find a lot of the fixed base machines come with only a " collet.

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Isaiah 44:13 Another shapes wood, he extends a measuring line, he outlines it with red chalk. He works it with planes and outlines it with a compass...

Usual kit: Table saw, band saw, dual base router and table, lathe, various saws, planer, sanders, and a multitude of hand tools.
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