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Hi Everyone,

I'm new to the forum and very excited I found it. I have probably less than basic routing experience. I have used one a few times a few years ago in school. I am slowly learning on my own and buying used equipment to expand my basement workshop.

I have a craftsman 1/2 HP router. The problem is I set my first bit and practicied some cuts but now I am very confussed how to remove the bit? I bought the router used and the person I bought it from told me he lost the wrench used to loosen the piece thath olds the bit, I attempted ot use an adjustable wrench to get it loose, but no luck. Can anyone help out a rookie?

I'm sorry for the stupid question.
 

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Welcome to the forums. First you should call sears for a wrench. But in the mean time I would carefully use a small pair of channel locks to loosen the nut. To bad if it didn't happen last week or earlier I just threw my craftman router wrench out sorry to say.
 

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Schu4598 said:
Hi Everyone,

I'm new to the forum and very excited I found it. I have probably less than basic routing experience. I have used one a few times a few years ago in school. I am slowly learning on my own and buying used equipment to expand my basement workshop.

I have a craftsman 1/2 HP router. The problem is I set my first bit and practicied some cuts but now I am very confussed how to remove the bit? I bought the router used and the person I bought it from told me he lost the wrench used to loosen the piece thath olds the bit, I attempted ot use an adjustable wrench to get it loose, but no luck. Can anyone help out a rookie?

I'm sorry for the stupid question.
Hi,

You did not mention which router but a lot of the Sears ones have a spindle lock that you engage then use a wrench to loosen the chuck..... is this the issue you are having or ???

Ed
 

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Hi: I would depress the spindle lock, and use an open end wrench to loosen the collet holding the bit. The use of channel locks, pliers etc, may strip the collet nut.
You can call Sears parts depot and give them the model number and serial number and they will sell you the proper wrench/wrenches. They can also supply a copy of the parts and operators manual, for a nominal sum. Hope this helps.. Woodnut65
 

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Thanks for al lthe responses everyone. Over the weekend I figured it out, I'm a complete fool. The router had a lock on it to stop the spindle. I got it going great and had plenty of practice.

Thanks for the help again, I'll be on the forum alot more looking for some advice.
 
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