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Hello, I am a Costa Rican with a small woodworking shop as a hobby, a sworn government-certified translator-interpreter, formerly ambassador of Costa Rica to the Soviet Union, an international civil servant with the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C., and an aide to the President of Costa Rica, author of several books one of which is in Kindle, a professional Flamenco guitarist, and the reason I joined this forum was that I had bought in the seventies a great Miller's Falls 6800 router-planer and I have been using it all these years until last week a ball bearing broke. I decided to revive it, took it apart, got a replacement bearing locally, new and of top quality, and proceeded to take out the fragments of the broken one and install the new one -first time in my life that I have done that- It turned out that it works like new but I lost a piece without which it's useless. I must have misplaced it or maybe it fell somewhere: it is the bit holder that is compressed by the collet ring. This is really very discouraging to me and nobody I have contacted has such a collet or a compatible one. So, I decided to ask you out there. I live in San Jose, Costa Rica, but have a box in Miami for shipping purposes. And my preferred means of communication is e-mail: removed. I am totally immersed in the revision of one of my dictionaries, and actually have practically no time to chat but if anybody has a question that I could answer I could do that. Thank you. Good evening.
 

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Hey, Orlando; welcome! Seriously, buy a new router. Sorry if that seems unhelpful but I'm just trying to be pragmatic here. You're going to burn through a lot of your valuable time chasing after a part for a long obsolete tool with no intrinsic value. Again, I apologize if that seems rude, but I've been down that road and will never do it again.
 

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Hello N/A and welcome to the forums...
We're happy you found us...

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posting your email addy is against forum policy...
 

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Hey, Orlando; welcome! Seriously, buy a new router. Sorry if that seems unhelpful but I'm just trying to be pragmatic here. You're going to burn through a lot of your valuable time chasing after a part for a long obsolete tool with no intrinsic value. Again, I apologize if that seems rude, but I've been down that road and will never do it again.
this what he has...
w/o knowing the exact part of this obsolete tool the OP is looking for............
 

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Hey, Orlando; welcome! Seriously, buy a new router. Sorry if that seems unhelpful but I'm just trying to be pragmatic here. You're going to burn through a lot of your valuable time chasing after a part for a long obsolete tool with no intrinsic value. Again, I apologize if that seems rude, but I've been down that road and will never do it again.
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Hi Orlando and welcome. It sounds like you lost the collet to that router from your description. I suspect that the Miller's Falls router may have been made by some other company and Miller's Falls put their name on it. If you can figure out who actually made it there is a slim chance that you might be able to find your part that way. Elaire company sells collets for some of the older Porter Cable and Bosch routers and there is a chance it might be one that those routers used.
 

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Welcome to the Router Forums. Sounds like you might be missing the collet and it will be very hard to find one that fits because all a lot of the router type tools were not produced so parts were interchangeable between manufacturers or even between tools made by the same company. They all used different types of collets and different tappers in the shaft, the problem is they never list the taper that they used for each tool.

In industrial spindles, it is a little different where they standardized collets sizes for different sized tools, ER11, ER16, ER20, Er25....
 

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My suggestion is the same as @DaninVan ,find a router motor with the same diameter body that will fit into the MF planer attachment. See if there is a MF router available used ,Stanley also had the similar attachment, maybe an older Stanley router will fit. One of the problems you might have to overcome with a late model router motor is that the older routers had a twist-the body type of depth adjustment and the new routers have rack and pinion.
Have you tried eBay they quite often have old items that one can pick up for parts.

Here is a MF 7200, might have same collet
https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Vintage-Tested-Miller-Falls-router-model-A-CAT-NO-7200-/392343190959
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My suggestion is the same as @DaninVan ,find a router motor with the same diameter body that will fit into the MF planer attachment. See if there is a MF router available used ,Stanley also had the similar attachment, maybe an older Stanley router will fit. One of the problems you might have to overcome with a late model router motor is that the older routers had a twist-the body type of depth adjustment and the new routers have rack and pinion.
Have you tried eBay they quite often have old items that one can pick up for parts.

Here is a MF 7200, might have same collet
https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Vintage-Tested-Miller-Falls-router-model-A-CAT-NO-7200-/392343190959
HErb
the motor inserts into the planer w/o it's base...
 
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the motor inserts into the planer w/o it's base...
I did notice that the MF attachment had a smooth cavity for the router, so any of the new routers of the same diam. should fit. That way you get a new router for other uses that you can also use in the planer attachment.
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I wish to thank all who welcomed me. About my Miller's Falls obsolete router I must add some information: I have always taken pride in restoring, bringing to life, even people's spirits in some cases. This router I bought in Washington D.C. in 1974 and I love it because from the design point of view it's a masterpiece; it's a beautiful tool, both aesthetically and from the engineering point of view. I have a new one, Skill brand. But I use them not that often. I am a designer by nature and create things, repair things, restore, and make prototypes in my hobby workshop. My MF router was working perfectly and last week the rear ball bearing failed. I got a new German one of excellent quality here in San Jose, Costa Rica, and for the first time in my life I changed a ball bearing and the machine was again like new. The motor and everything else is in perfect shape. I don't think there is one single piece of this machine that is plastic. It's of a superior quality. The story is that I had placed the bit-holding cone on my bench precisely to make sure that I wouldn't lose sight of it. But when I finished the job I probably knocked it down and I can't find it. I have the ring that holds it. That cone is the only thing missing. So, I think to throw away such a superb and beautiful object that is working perfectly only because it needs that cone which I can have made also by a specialised precision machine tool shop, would be a sin, an environmentally-unfriendly action, and something that I couldn't consider at this time. I will keep looking but I am in no hurry. And I appreciate your being patient with my lack of know-how about forums. I don't participate in forums because I don't have the time and it will take me a little bit more to learn how to answer, etc., after all I am just 80. Thanks for warning me that it's against forum policy to post e-mail. Well, I am all over the web anyway because I am very busy as translator-interpreter and also as opinion writer for some mainstream papers of Costa Rica, plus I am revising some 9 books of mine about language and literature to place them on Amazon. I hope this comment will be available to all who have posted a welcome message or a suggestion. I don't think I could write separately to everyone. Thank you, good night.
 

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The photograph that Stick has posted is not of the tool that I have. I believe the one in the photograph is very much older. Mine dates back to the seventies, and I think the MF 8600 can be viewed in many Internet pages as I have been able to view. Thank you anyway.
 
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