Router Forums banner

1 - 6 of 6 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
2 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I have a vintage craftsman router, I love tis router! I have not used it in several years but it is perfect for certain jobs. I cannot get the collet to tighten around the bit? Is there any way to fix this? can the collet be removed from inside the shaft? I tried to find parts but they are no longer manf, Help?
Rockin Lou
 

·
Official Greeter
Ross
Joined
·
9,354 Posts
Welcome to the forum.
 

·
Registered
Paul
Joined
·
1,952 Posts
I think that on some old Craftsman routers the inner part of the collet was the motor shaft. There are several manuals available here, maybe look up your model and see if that's the case. Don't forget to pull the bit out a little (maybe 1/8") before tightening. A bottomed-out bit can cause tightening issues.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
I think that on some old Craftsman routers the inner part of the collet was the motor shaft. There are several manuals available here, maybe look up your model and see if that's the case. Don't forget to pull the bit out a little (maybe 1/8") before tightening. A bottomed-out bit can cause tightening issues.
[/QUO
Yes, the collet is the end of the armature. I I have possibly solved the problem. As another responsedee said that I may be using metric bits. I tried all of them and some tighten some do not so upon micing the shaft some are 10 t0 20 thousandths under .250 so that is most likely my problem, I thank all so much and I will be active on this sight.

Rockin Lou
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
13 Posts
The collet is part of the shaft and cannot be replaced. I have a similar router. I rarely use it and have it mounted horizontally . My router only takes 1/4" shaft cutters. If the cutter slips I do not know of a remedy. You may have to trash it as a cutter that slips is dangerous besides ruining the work.
mike
 
1 - 6 of 6 Posts
Top