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i know this topic has come up many times but non of the solutions that i've seen online have worked. I tightened the 1/4" Triton collet with a bit, not bottomed out. When i loosened the collett, i got to the part where it gets harder to loosen again just like every time, did another 1/4ish turn and the nut came off entirely leaving the collett jammed in the shaft. This was the first time i tried using the 1/4" collett as I normally use 1/2". Not sure if the nut was defective or if the collett just came separated somehow. I've tried tapping with hammer, heating with hairdryer then cooling collet with oil, tried using a hoseclamp to tighten the collett, etc. nothing has worked.

I've reached out to Triton and Toolstream and haven't heard back regarding suggestions or even a service center nearby. Does anybody have any other solutions that have worked on a Triton router
 

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I don't have a solution but can tell you the wrong/my way too do it. I would put the shaft in a vise and try anything and everything to get it out with out damaging the threads and shaft..... A small metal cutting blade by hand... small hooks... a thin straight slot screw driver and some needle nose pliers.....

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on Saturday neighbor brought over a three horsepower Milwaukee router collet stuck some what like the OP.
first is he lost the original wrench and managed to get bigger wench to over tighten. it has a rounded top of the nut. so made it more difficult. i used two same old style needle-nose pliers. use in opposing directions and jacked out the tool bit. about 2 hrs of work. it think he should replace it. about $40 to $50. I did test a new bit in and did tighten but was hard to get out again. also i did clean the motor side and nut with collet.
also i do not think there is one easy solution to stuck collets.

so good luck
 

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i know this topic has come up many times but non of the solutions that i've seen online have worked. I tightened the 1/4" Triton collet with a bit, not bottomed out. When i loosened the collett, i got to the part where it gets harder to loosen again just like every time, did another 1/4ish turn and the nut came off entirely leaving the collett jammed in the shaft. This was the first time i tried using the 1/4" collett as I normally use 1/2". Not sure if the nut was defective or if the collett just came separated somehow. I've tried tapping with hammer, heating with hairdryer then cooling collet with oil, tried using a hoseclamp to tighten the collett, etc. nothing has worked.

I've reached out to Triton and Toolstream and haven't heard back regarding suggestions or even a service center nearby. Does anybody have any other solutions that have worked on a Triton router
I can't take credit for the idea (that goes to Mark Mueller from Incra tools), but I had the same situation with a 1/2" collett in a Milwaukee 5625 router and here is what Mark wrote:
"I've seen this once before, and the solution was impact – leave the collet nut off, then put a block of hard wood against the side of the collet and hit the block with a steel hammer. Rotate the collet 90° and repeat the process. Don't hit the collet directly or use something metal in place of the wood block.

The other time I ran into this, the collet was fine and only needed to be snapped back together..."

I tried it and had to hit the block three or four times (90 degrees apart). The collet came out with no damage to either the collett or the router. Worth a try.

Fred K.
 

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i know this topic has come up many times but non of the solutions that i've seen online have worked. I tightened the 1/4" Triton collet with a bit, not bottomed out. When i loosened the collett, i got to the part where it gets harder to loosen again just like every time, did another 1/4ish turn and the nut came off entirely leaving the collett jammed in the shaft. This was the first time i tried using the 1/4" collett as I normally use 1/2". Not sure if the nut was defective or if the collett just came separated somehow. I've tried tapping with hammer, heating with hairdryer then cooling collet with oil, tried using a hoseclamp to tighten the collett, etc. nothing has worked.

I've reached out to Triton and Toolstream and haven't heard back regarding suggestions or even a service center nearby. Does anybody have any other solutions that have worked on a Triton router
 

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Thank you all for your help. I finally got the collett out, about 2 hrs of work. What finally worked, i let penetrating oil soak overnight, took some wood against the shaft and tapped with hammer, then took my vice grips on the collett and started rocking back and forth until it finally slipped free. Toolstream rep did get back to me with these ideas and were fantastic in placing a warranty order for a new collett. Frustrating experience but great customer service and fantastic help from you all at this forum.
 

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i know this topic has come up many times but non of the solutions that i've seen online have worked. I tightened the 1/4" Triton collet with a bit, not bottomed out. When i loosened the collett, i got to the part where it gets harder to loosen again just like every time, did another 1/4ish turn and the nut came off entirely leaving the collett jammed in the shaft. This was the first time i tried using the 1/4" collett as I normally use 1/2". Not sure if the nut was defective or if the collett just came separated somehow. I've tried tapping with hammer, heating with hairdryer then cooling collet with oil, tried using a hoseclamp to tighten the collett, etc. nothing has worked.

I've reached out to Triton and Toolstream and haven't heard back regarding suggestions or even a service center nearby. Does anybody have any other solutions that have worked on a Triton router
Good morning, I have had the exact problem this week, and after scratching the brain and trying out things such as you did. However, yesterday, just as I was contomplaiting taking the angle grinder to it, I attached my hand grips one more time and slowly dangled the router and gently rocking it. Then after 30 min or so I tightened the grips as tight as I could go and it released it. Which was a great relief. to some up, I think the copious amounts of WD40 must have worked its way in over time, helping to release it. To note though, I too reached out to Triton with 0..., response. Best of luck
 

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I can't take credit for the idea (that goes to Mark Mueller from Incra tools), but I had the same situation with a 1/2" collett in a Milwaukee 5625 router and here is what Mark wrote:
"I've seen this once before, and the solution was impact – leave the collet nut off, then put a block of hard wood against the side of the collet and hit the block with a steel hammer. Rotate the collet 90° and repeat the process. Don't hit the collet directly or use something metal in place of the wood block.

The other time I ran into this, the collet was fine and only needed to be snapped back together..."

I tried it and had to hit the block three or four times (90 degrees apart). The collet came out with no damage to either the collett or the router. Worth a try.

Fred K.
Fred K - thanks for sharing brother - 2 taps and it popped right out!
 

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Welcome to the forum @JimS41

Glad the forum was able to help.
 

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i know this topic has come up many times but non of the solutions that i've seen online have worked. I tightened the 1/4" Triton collet with a bit, not bottomed out. When i loosened the collett, i got to the part where it gets harder to loosen again just like every time, did another 1/4ish turn and the nut came off entirely leaving the collett jammed in the shaft. This was the first time i tried using the 1/4" collett as I normally use 1/2". Not sure if the nut was defective or if the collett just came separated somehow. I've tried tapping with hammer, heating with hairdryer then cooling collet with oil, tried using a hoseclamp to tighten the collett, etc. nothing has worked.

I've reached out to Triton and Toolstream and haven't heard back regarding suggestions or even a service center nearby. Does anybody have any other solutions that have worked on a Triton router
Try wd40 soak overnight failing that use a bit of diesel fuel to free it up again soaking overnight
 

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I got my 1/2 in collet stuck, tried to pry every which way to no avail... But what worked for me was gripping the collet lip with good pliers, lifting the router up a couple inches and gently but firmly rapping the side of the pliers with a hammer to deliver great vibrations, then releasing grabbing the collet in a different position and repeat going all around the collet till it released. What a relief when it finally released.
 

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Welcome to the forum, bdstein.
 

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good tip @bdstein , welcome to the forum - what part of the world are you in and what brings you to the Router Forums ?
I live in San Diego CA, my wife is starting her career as a college proffessor and has taught beginning wood at SDSU, as well as some craft classes at UCSD, and she is trying to get established at Palomar College near escondido. I work in IT and supervise a help desk. But basically my wife bought a new Triton and we messed around and got the collet stuck so after finding nice tips here on this site I thought I would share my success in hopes that someone else might benefit from it and hopefully not destroy their collet since my method is less invasive and caused no dammage.
 
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