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first post & i want to hi to everyone ,i need help or info on a fixed router & cabinet combo its i n mint condition im told its only been used a couple of times , i need to locate a 1/2 ins collet ,i called the tel/phone # & was told they were out of business hence my ?the manual has an address in austrailia .any help from the braintrust would be helpfull.
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Roy, GMC routers were sold in the US by Lowes. You might check at one of the stores for replacement parts.

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Hi Roy, GMC are no longer in business. I have never used the GMC router but had looked at them when they first came out, from what I remember of them just about any 1/2" Collete should fit them.

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Neal(Oldnewbie) has one of the GMC combo kits and he brought it to a Sawdust Saturday so we could all try it out. It performed well and was a great deal for him; I think he paid something like $40 for the three base kit? GMC was made by Triton so it is possible a Triton collet will work. As I said before, here in the US this router was sold by Lowes so that is the first place to try.

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Neal(Oldnewbie) has one of the GMC combo kits and he brought it to a Sawdust Saturday so we could all try it out. It performed well and was a great deal for him; I think he paid something like $40 for the three base kit? GMC was made by Triton so it is possible a Triton collet will work. As I said before, here in the US this router was sold by Lowes so that is the first place to try.
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I disagree with you on this one....

GMC was not made by Triton although both companies had common company association.

This is like saying a Chev compact is made by Cadillac.............

The two routers were made in PRC.

The GMC was much lower quality than the Triton.

Since GMC went into 'bankruptcy' in 2008, both companies had been sold by the Receivers/Managers.

GMC do have a current web site, although it is difficult to tell where they are now established.

I would check the web site for spare parts.

Any of the old suppliers may not deal with the current owners..

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I stand corrected, GMC was owned by the same company that owned Triton. This doesn't change the fact that Lowes has a pretty good track record of supporting products it sells. This is still the first place to try and find parts. As far as parts interchange goes I understand your point James but some parts are common in manufacturing. There are many bearings, light bulbs, screws and fasteners which turn up in competing brands, even some major components like axle assemblies. The old PC 1-1/4 hp router that came with the overarm router I bought didn't have a thumbnut to secure the motor in the base. It had been replaced with an Allen screw and starnut for clearance. There are a limited number of threads to be found on most screw sizes and I replaced it with the thumbnut and bolt off a PC 7518... a perfect fit. I attached photos of a Bosch 905 router motor in PC bases as another example. Collets have a limited selection of threads and tapers to work with so there is a good chance another collet will work.
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I am sorry, Roy, but Mike and I, being old mates, have digressed from your original question.

What we should be looking at, is what model GMC router do you have?

If it is an old model, it could be a 1/4" only and you may not be able to obtain a 1/2" collet.

I will check on the Ozzie Wood working forum if I know the number.

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