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First of all - I’m new here and I apologize if there are numerous collet questions.
I’ve searched around and can’t quite find what I’m looking for thus I’m posting looking for help.

I have a Skil fixed base router - model RT1323-00. I bought it last year some time at a good price and just now opened it up and tried using the collet adapter that comes with it to simply insert a 1/4” bit for a project. I was having trouble inserting the collet adapter, which the manual says should be accepted by the 1/2” collet that it comes with (I’ve loosened the nut of course).

After some reading my guess is that the nut was tightened around the collet without a bit in it, crimping / crushing the 1/2” collet. I think it was actually a returned product at the store that I received since I bought it and just now got to looking at it. Anyway, I confirmed the 1/2” collet is crimped / too narrow by trying to insert another 1/2” bit, which rules out the 1/4” collet adapter being too large.

I can’t return it at this point because of how long ago I bought it. Has anyone used this model of router and successfully removed the collet assembly? There are three screws that hold it on, but I can’t figure out how to remove the hex bolt / collet assembly to replace it with a new part or attempt to flare out the bad collet so it will accept an adapter.

An exploded diagram is located here and parts 9 and 10 are what I’m describing - I can’t figure out how to remove the actual collet assembly.

Thanks in advance and sorry if these questions are frequent or annoying.
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