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hello, im literally newbie on woodworking, got a Makita M3600. in my location it comes with 12,8,6 mm bushing/collet
while checking online for spiral bits and surfacing bits i realized most of the bits are either in 1/2' (12.7mm) or 1/4" (6.35) sizes.

Is it safe to get an adapter like on this photo; L is the actual collet and R is the adaptor ?
I saw some 8mm spiral and surfacing bit can I use CNC spiral or surfacing bit on my Makita hand router ?
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hello, im literally newbie on woodworking, got a Makita M3600. in my location it comes with 12,8,6 mm bushing/collet
while checking online for spiral bits and surfacing bits i realized most of the bits are either in 1/2' (12.7mm) or 1/4" (6.35) sizes.

Is it safe to get an adapter like on this photo; L is the actual collet and R is the adaptor ?
I saw some 8mm spiral and surfacing bit can I use CNC spiral or surfacing bit on my Makita hand router ?
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James. I'm not sure what you're going to use the router for, but There is a whole family of bits with 10mm shanks, also some 5mm bits. You can get adapters for 1/2 and 1/4 inch in the accessories section in WWW.schmitt32.com.
 

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Hi James, and welcome to the forum. I too have a Makita 3600 router, but it has a 1/2" (12.7mm) collet. The item you show on the left is not the actual collet, but an adaptor to reduce from your 12 mm collet, to 8 mm. I use this type of adaptor for my 8 mm bits, and I have a separate one for 1/4" (6.35mm) bits - I have never had a problem with them. You would be better off getting a dedicated adaptor, 12 mm to 6.35 mm, rather than going for a two stage solution as your picture would indicate.
I do not know if your router will take a 12.7 mm collet, but I suspect it would.
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Hi James, and welcome to the forum. I too have a Makita 3600 router, but it has a 1/2" (12.7mm) collet. The item you show on the left is not the actual collet, but an adaptor to reduce from your 12 mm collet, to 8 mm. I use this type of adaptor for my 8 mm bits, and I have a separate one for 1/4" (6.35mm) bits - I have never had a problem with them. You would be better off getting a dedicated adaptor, 12 mm to 6.35 mm, rather than going for a two stage solution as your picture would indicate.
I do not know if your router will take a 12.7 mm collet, but I suspect it would.
Rob in SA
hi Wildwood thanks for the correction, I understand now those are reduction bushing. Your right about having a dedicated 12mm to 6.35 adaptor is preferable, actually, that was my intention unfortunately the ones I saw on Amazon both US and UK ( Trend and Amana brand ) don't ship here in Saudi Arabia for 12mm to 6.35 or 8mm to 6.35. but for other sizes (metric to metric and imperial to imperial) they do shipped it here. Fortunately found these on AliExpress.com and ordered (H and E) hope at least one of them works. I need them badly since in my home country (Philipinnes ) we are using metric system but when It comes to wood working tools and bits most of the quality ones are in imperial.
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Axminster tools UK ship worldwide
I have bought adaptors from them for my makita.
 

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Axminster tools UK ship worldwide
I have bought adaptors from them for my makita.
Thanks for the info. I will try to check the site on my future need...
 

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James, hopefully those will do the job for you - let us know, eventually, just for the record.
Today managed to source out Makita Part# 763622-4 from one of the local shops here, and would like to confirmed that 12.7mm collet cone fits perfectly on the same collet nut originally used by 12.0mm collet cone for Makita M3600. I don't have yet 1/2 router bit so I did not yet test it with an actual bit.
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