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Hey guys! New to the forum.

I have inherited a broken R-600 from my grandfather. You can mount the bit, but when you try to remove the bit, the spindle lock button doesn't catch on the collet to loosen it.. Any suggestions on what may be wrong? I assume the collet has teeth on it and they've just been worn down. Replacing the collet might do the trick. Thanks for your thoughts!

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Hi and welcome. No teeth on collets. Some routers, like the 3612 Makita have a hole in the armature that a pin slides into. If the pin wears it doesn't engage the pin hole adequately and it slips. The problem may be something like that.
 
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Sorry if this is obvious...

Some routers may have only one notch to engage the lock button - you may have to rotate it more to engage.

Some routers can also use a wrench to hold the shaft - flats on the shaft.

My old Craftsman (Ryobi) has a loose lock lever, I have to apply pressure towards the motor as well as in for it to engage.
 

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Hi and welcome. No teeth on collets. Some routers, like the 3612 Makita have a hole in the armature that a pin slides into. If the pin wears it doesn't engage the pin hole adequately and it slips. The problem may be something like that.
The picture of the armature for this router shows a hole above the threads. This is probably for the shaft lock. The lock pin might be broken or bent or have a burr so it will not go into the hole to lock the shaft. If you are comfortable with tool repairs you can probably take it apart and determine if the pin is broken, bent or has a burr preventing it from working correctly. If it is a burr you can file or sand the burr away with a fine file of sandpaper. if it is bent you might be able to straighten it. If it is broken you might be able to remove the lock mount and spring and make a pin with a handle to use to lock the shaft to loosen and tighten the collet.
 

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Hi and welcome. No teeth on collets. Some routers, like the 3612 Makita have a hole in the armature that a pin slides into. If the pin wears it doesn't engage the pin hole adequately and it slips. The problem may be something like that.
This seems exactly like what is happening. You can feel it slipping over the pin as it is turned. I may just look into getting a new armature/pin. Ill have to take it apart to see what is actually wrong. Thank you!
 

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The picture of the armature for this router shows a hole above the threads. This is probably for the shaft lock. The lock pin might be broken or bent or have a burr so it will not go into the hole to lock the shaft. If you are comfortable with tool repairs you can probably take it apart and determine if the pin is broken, bent or has a burr preventing it from working correctly. If it is a burr you can file or sand the burr away with a fine file of sandpaper. if it is bent you might be able to straighten it. If it is broken you might be able to remove the lock mount and spring and make a pin with a handle to use to lock the shaft to loosen and tighten the collet.
Thank you! You can feel the pin slipping over the holes in the armature. I am comfortable taking things apart and working on them. Just kind of wanted to know what to look for before I tear in to it. I'm not sure if it's the holes or the pin, but I suspect the holes that the pin goes in to have been bored out a little over the years..

Actually now that I think about it, its a little unrealistic to think that it may be the holes. There's three of them and one pin and the pin doesn't stay in any of them. You dont happen to have a p/n for the pin do you?
 

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Ryobi R600 Parts List and Diagram : eReplacementParts.com

If the part you need is #51 it is no longer available. It sounds like Mike is correct about the pin being damaged. Maybe you can file it back to shape. If not then just remove it and stick a drill bit shank that's close to the same size in the hole when you need to change bits. There are so many unavailable parts it won't make sense to put much into that router.
 

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Hey, Alyons; welcome! (A. Lyons?)
If we're talking about a router that's more than a decade old, and not working correctly, you might seriously think about buying a new one...ie getting rid of the old one. The parts (if you can find them) are likely to be expensive.
Don't let sentimentality colour your decision.
Paul mentioned the flats on the shaft...does yours have those as well as the shaft lock mechanism? If it does than that'd be the simplest solution.
 

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Hey, Alyons; welcome! (A. Lyons?)
If we're talking about a router that's more than a decade old, and not working correctly, you might seriously think about buying a new one...ie getting rid of the old one. The parts (if you can find them) are likely to be expensive.
Don't let sentimentality colour your decision.
Paul mentioned the flats on the shaft...does yours have those as well as the shaft lock mechanism? If it does than that'd be the simplest solution.
It does have two holes on the armature and then you push down the shaft lock button to remove the bit. I took the router apart yesterday just to be sure of what the issue was and it's definitely the stopper pin. I know a guy at a machine shop that may be able to make me one for little to nothing in cost..

I already have a router that I use when I need one.

My grandfather is a woodsmith and has made several hundred (if not several thousand) pieces of furniture with this router. So perhaps I am running into a rabbit hole, but if there's a way to get this bad boy up and running again, I'd like to figure it out. I got nothin but time!
 
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