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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-09-2019, 04:38 PM
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"For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction"... Thank you, Dr. Newton for your third law...

Put the router on its side...take that drift punch and put it down the middle to the router shaft...lightly tap on it. The slight movement of the punch against the router will eventually loosen the collet and it will pop out... Try this first before tapping on the collet... The fatter the head of the drift punch, the better...If you have brass, even better...

Allow yourself a TINY BIT, less than a drop, of a good lubricant...PB Blaster, Liquid Wrench...let it sit for a while, then the light taps...

...sort of like tapping on the back of a hammer handle to drive the head onto the handle...

LIGHT TAPS, please...
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Thanks to all for your wonderful advice and wisdom. I approached the problem with renewed resolve this morning and succeeded in freeing the collet. I warmed up the armature by running the router for about five minutes, sprayed a couple of drops of Boshield into the collet, tightened a hose clamp around the collet which shrank the collet, and pulled it out with a vise gripe. It came out pretty easily. I was also able to snap the collet back into the nut. However, the collet still won't accept half-inch shanks. It's possible that the collet is now misshapen. I will call Triton tomorrow to see if they'll send me a new collet.

Thanks again for the help.
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If you can't get a bit in it the most likely problem is that the slots in the collet have squeezed together. It shouldn't be distorted unless you did that with the vice grips.

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Collets are amazingly precise bits of engineering. Less than a mm can prevent it from working properly. On half inch collets I drop in a half inch grommet to prevent the bit from bottoming out. For a quarter inch, you could use a "space ball" to do the same. The only collet I've had stick was before I learned the grommet trick. I keep a spare collets around for both brands and sizes of routers, just in case.

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Collets are fairly cheap. Just get a new one.

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Steve, it sounds like you got the pros advice so I'll just add a welcome to the forum for good measure. You'll find plenty of help and advice from great people here. BTW, I'm in Virginia as well.
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Steve, I’m an avid user of Boeshield and point out that it is a paraffinic lubricant which therefore hardens after the carrier solvents have evaporated. Hardened paraffin deep inside your collet probably isn’t a good thing, so I suggest you use a light oil, or Slick-50, or maybe a dry Teflon type lube instead.
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