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I'm new to RouterForums and hope someone can provide some help. I have a brand new Triton TRA001 that I received for Christmas. I am just now finishing building my router table and was going to use the router to cut the opening for my router plate. My pattern bit has 1/4 shank and out of the box the Triton comes with a 1/2 collet. I proceeded to remove the 1/2 collet so that I could insert the 1/4 collet. Well, I could remove the nut but the 1/2 inch collet remains suck in the armature. Moreover, when I tighten the nut, the collet itself doesn't loosen or tighten, and I can't even insert a bit with a 1/2 in. shank either. My guess is that the collet is defective, but I need to get it out so that I can install the 1/4 collet and then call the supplier (Tool Nut) and ask them for a new collet.
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-09-2019, 09:03 AM
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welcome to the forums Steve...

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My guess is that the collet is defective,
my guess is the collet nut was tightened w/o a bit in the router...
here's some PDF's to help you out w/ this...
Also, here is a link that is suggested reading...

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Thanks for the resources, Stick. These are useful. I suspect that you may be right that the collet nut was tightened without a bit. Given that, any idea how to release the collet? The pdf attachments warn not to tighten a collet without a bit but nothing about what to do in case this happens.
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Steve; Stick or one of the Triton owners will likely have an answer but I just wanted to butt in and suggest that you buy a new1/2" collet before you attempt to remove the old one...there's an excellent chance that you'll be replacing it!
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Dan. Thanks. Hoping for some advice in due time. I am under no illusion that the current collet is destined for the trash. I am planning to get a new one. I just can't understand how the nut separated from the collet. My hope is to get it removed so that I can install the 1/4 collet and cut the hole from router table plate. Then I'll focus on a new 1/2 inch collet.
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Usually with a 1/2" router you use a reducing sleeve that fits the outer dimensions of the collet with an inner diameter of a 1/4". But thats how my makita works anyway.
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Lay the router on its side and using a pin punch (for driving out pins, not a center punch with a sharp point) tap around the outer edge of the collet . Rotate slightly after every couple of taps. It might take 10 minutes but it will eventually loosen. The collet might still be usable. Sometimes the slots close up but I've spread them with a thin bladed screwdriver and they worked again.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Bob; the Bosch routers have separate specific collets. Steve has his 1/4" Triton collet but can't release the 1/2" one to switch it.
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Lay the router on its side and using a pin punch (for driving out pins, not a center punch with a sharp point) tap around the outer edge of the collet . Rotate slightly after every couple of taps. It might take 10 minutes but it will eventually loosen. The collet might still be usable. Sometimes the slots close up but I've spread them with a thin bladed screwdriver and they worked again.
glad you said it...
last time I said the same ... whew ... did I catch it...

here that punch is called a drift punch...
and yes you can damage the collet using a punch into uselessness...
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do not set the punch 90° to the collet...
angle the punch into collet from so that you are ''knocking'' the out of the shaft...

Steve.. when you get the collet removed you'll need to reset it back into the collet nut BEFORE you reinstall the collet...

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I just can't understand how the nut separated from the collet.
when the nut was tightened the collet jambed into the socket firmly enough that the retaining ring couldn't hold the collet when the nut was released..

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