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Default Craftsman router on a Kreg table

I have an old, Craftsman router (removed from its old Craftsman router table) which I am trying to install on a new Kreg Benchtop router table.

Everything else is fine except for 1 issue - the base of the collet stays a 1/4" below the surface of the table insert - which means that I cannot expose the full cutting edge of the bits to the pieces being routed.

I did check the router repeatedly to see if the raise-lower mechanism was somehow not working but that seems to raise the bit as far up as it will go. (And yes, I did remove the router base plate before screwing it onto the table insert) - Even in the fully raised position, part of the bit remains well below the table top.

I'm wondering if this is a function of the Craftsman router or if even other makes will have the same problem(?)
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Welcome to the forum Pesi. I would think that the tip of the collet nut should touch a table top if you sat it down on it fully extended or at least very close. Maybe the problem is that you have way more shank through the collet than you need. You only need 1" of shank inserted into the collet, more doesn't help hold it. Mark an inch on your bit so you know how much is in the collet and see if that helps.

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Never heard of a 'muscle chuck' - what is it?
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Thanks for that tip - I will try it asap!
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The Musclechuck is an excellent replacement for standard half inch collets but the chances are good your router only came with quarter inch.

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The Musclechuck is an excellent replacement for standard half inch collets but the chances are good your router only came with quarter inch.
how can the musclechuck be a replacement for the router's collet when you need the collet to hold the musclechuck in place..

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The Musclechuck is an excellent replacement for standard half inch collets but the chances are good your router only came with quarter inch.
Also there are some extensions for a 1/4" collet routers, here an example:

Amana Tool 47642 1/4 Inch Shank CNC Extension Adapter for 1/4 Inch Shank Router Bits - - Amazon.com

How safe or not, IDK.
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Thumbs up Solved by throwing money at it! :-)

So I finally broke down and purchased a Bosch 1617EVS fixed base router for my table - and it fits great! Comes with 1/4" and 1/2" collets and the above table height adjustment tool. Got a good deal on Boxing Day and informed the wife after I'd paid for it!

Thanks for all the suggestions guys!
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