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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
Have you tried cleaning the collet? Accumulated dust, moisture, oil, etc. maybe the whole problem, the slits in the collet have to be clean. Try using some simple green with a Q-Tip and a toothbrush. Then blow it out if you have an air hose or. I don't have a compressor so I put a vacuum hose on the exhaust port of my shop vac.
 
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