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Hi all,

Thanks for adding me. I'm a bit of a newbie to the world of real woodworking but I have collected a number of Spotted Gum Slabs from a tree we had removed and milled a few years ago. Now they have dried I've been working on a plan to flatten them so I can use them. I'd looked at getting it done professionally but thought making up a jig for my router (Bosch POF 1200 AE) would be more interesting and fun. So I started researching and planing the jig out and purchased a 50mm planing bit from Timbecon. Unfortunately I made the error of not realising that while my router has 3 different collets, none of them allow it to take a 1/2 inch bit. Amateur!!! So now I have a great bit to use, but no router to drive it. So I then started researching multi-speed routers with a 1/2 collet that were going to be up to the task, which is how I came across your forum. Thanks to all the people who have provided various feedback/opinions in the past on all this. Your posts have been very helpful to me. Just a shame I didn't read them before buying the bit!
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Jimmy
 

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Welcome Jimmy, I have had the same router with the same problem.(Won't take a 1/2 inch shank).My projects aren't so big any more so 1/4 inch shanked bits are fine & I still have the big Triton in my Kreg RT.. James.
 

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Hello Jimmy and welcome to the forums...
we put some helpful information at this here link to help you get up and running in the world of routers..
do take some time and read the safety PDF's... PLEASE!!!
Blood and trips to the ER, we find, are very annoying...

It's a router ski/flattening sled that you need for that flattening you want to do....
there's tons and volumes of stuff written here on that one subject in DIY mode...
purchasable... https://www.woodpeck.com/finishing/slab-flattening-mill/woodpeckers-slab-flattening-mill.html
of all, master rails seem to be the least troublesome...

your POF 1200...
get a ½'' collet for it.. part # 2 610 906 289 ...
at least that's what the accessories catalog list for it...

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Welcome Jimmy, I have had the same router with the same problem.(Won't take a 1/2 inch shank). My projects aren't so big any more so 1/4 inch shanked bits are fine & I still have the big Triton in my Kreg RT.. James.
your POF 1200...
get a ½'' collet for it.. part # 2 610 906 289 ...
at least that's what the accessories catalog list for it...
 

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Welcome to the forum Jimmy , and thank you for filling out your profile . We don’t get that very often lol .
Hope you enjoy it here as much as I do
seems to be a slew of folks here w/ the name N/A....
 
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Welcome aboard Jimmy. Well you found yourself in a place that has much to offer. Among this group are some very wise and talented craftsman willing to offer up their knowledge and opinions. Many times there are various ways to approach a problem and it's very rare someone here doesn't have the answer or seen the problem. Another thing that really helps many times is pictures. We really like pictures as a way to show what someone is talking about and a means of showing us what you've done. Enjoy the hobby and this group. It certainly can be colorful and entertaining at times. Not sure? Check out the Joke of the Day thread.....
 

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your POF 1200...
get a ½'' collet for it.. part # 2 610 906 289 ...
at least that's what the accessories catalog list for it...
Stick, we have the same model available here, also the more powerful POF 1400. They both take 1/4”, 6mm and 8mm collets - not 12mm or 1/2”. Not sure if there are different accessories for different regions, but I somehow doubt it.

Somebody uploaded the manual here many years back.

The POF series are DIY tools, but even the Professional series (as available here) is limited to 8mm, under 1600 w.
 

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Stick, we have the same model available here, also the more powerful POF 1400. They both take 1/4”, 6mm and 8mm collets - not 12mm or 1/2”. Not sure if there are different accessories for different regions, but I somehow doubt it.

Somebody uploaded the manual here many years back.

The POF series are DIY tools, but even the Professional series (as available here) is limited to 8mm, under 1600 w.
I looked up the router on Bosch's UK website and that's where I got the part from...
I've never seen a POF series router here in the United States...
 

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The collet is for use in Industrial/Professional routers.

The POF series are surprisingly capable, when heavy use is not intended. They are green-coloured. Other Bosch green tools have interesting innovations and/or attachments, like a useful fence-cum-cutting jig for the jigsaw in the range (nothing that Theo couldn’t make) and recently a very clever mini circular saw.
 

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Welcome. Stick seems to have answered your question about collets. Collets are precision devices and a few thousanths of an inch is what makes them work.
 

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Thanks for the welcome all.

Stick, thanks for the links to all those articles, some good tips. With two young kids who love to hang out in the garage with me safety is a must and I'm in the turn it off at the wall every time you finish camp.

I wish it was as easy as getting a new collet, alas the 1/2 bit will not physical fit into the shaft as its larger in diameter so I don't think a new collet will work. And then there's the fact that the diameter of the hole in the router base is not wide enough to accommodate the planing bit. Yes i really got it wrong :). Its a shame as its been a pretty good router for everything else I've thrown at it over the years. I'd come across the Woodpecker slab flattening mill in my google travels, it looks fantastic but unfortunately I can't seem to buy the winning lotto ticket so it will have to go in the dream list.
 

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Hello and welcome to the router forum, Jimmy
 

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Welcome to the forum Jimmy.
 

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Welcome to the Router Forums Jimmy
 

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G'day Jimmy. Welcome to the forum.

It is getting harder to find a 1/2" collet in Aus, these days.

They have all gone metric...
 

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Welcome along Jimmy, great forum here, you'll find a great many offering friendly guidance and humour. Enjoy!
 
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