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Hi, my name is Wesley and I'm from Mississippi. Looks like you guys have a nice board here. Thanks for letting me in. I have a pretty basic question, hence one of the reasons I stumbled upon you guys. I have three routers, but this question is regarding the Craftsman 9.5 amp 1 3/4HP Model No. 320.17541:
I currently have it set up on just the compact Craftsman router table. Ive used it quite a few times with 1/4" shaft bits. Ive got a few 1/2" shaft bits, and was wondering about how to use the collet. My router came with three pieces; the collet nut, a cylindrical 1/4" collet and a tapered or conical collet that measures 1/2" at the top. For a 1/4" shaft, I have been putting the cylindrical 1/4" collet in the large end of the conical/tapered piece and tightening the nut. It works fine. I am wondering if I just remove the 1/4" collet for the 1/2", or do I need to buy another piece? The other collet-looking piece is only 1/2" on one end. How far should I force the half inch bit in, if thats where it goes? Also, there is a ring line on the cone shaped concentric piece, I just previously mentioned. Does that need to be locked into the collet nut? I dont want to force it in if it doesnt go there. I also dont want a half inch cabinet cutter to helicopter through my face!:no: I think I read where newbies cant attach pics, so sorry. If anyone could answer this, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank You in advance. Wes
 

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Hi Wesley, glad to see you join our community!
 

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Welcome to the forum, Wesley.

I checked the manual on that model. It comes with a 1/2" collet and a 1/4" adapter to allow 1/4" shank bits to be used in the 1/2 collet. So yes, removing the adapter should let you put in a 1/2" shank bit in the collet. The bit needs to go in about an inch generally, to properly hold the 1/2" shank bit.
 

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Welcome to the forum Wesley. It is possible that the 1/2" collet has been tightened down without a bit or the reducer fully inserted and may have squeezed it together so you may have to force bits in it for a while or open the slots in it up with a screwdriver or something like it.
 

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Welcome to the forum, Wesley.

I checked the manual on that model. It comes with a 1/2" collet and a 1/4" adapter to allow 1/4" shank bits to be used in the 1/2 collet. So yes, removing the adapter should let you put in a 1/2" shank bit in the collet. The bit needs to go in about an inch generally, to properly hold the 1/2" shank bit.
Thanks to all you guys, and Dmeadows for a good answer. Thats what I thought, but I wanted to be sure. I still havent run it with a 1/2 inch bit yet. Next, Id like to learn how to calculate the speeds for the bits. I get multiplying the "run out", but how the weight load effects rpm. Im one of these people who likes to totally immerse myself in something, so I can notch it up as something else Ive mastered. Ive been down with Lyme's disease for about 3 years, and cant wait to get to rolling on my house. Again thanks to all.
 
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