How to Remove a Router Bit Without Busting Your Knucklescomments (0) January 30th, 2013
Video Length: 1:11
Produced by: John Ross and Chuck Miller
If you have to loosen a tight router collet, you could put your whole body into it and risk busting your knuckles, but there's a better way.
John Ross from Bethel, Conn., has figured out a very simple technique for making a really controlled loosening twist on a router collet. Here it is.
A lot of people will put both hands into it and they'll push the wrenches away from each other. If you put your whole body into this when the collet is really tight, when it gives way it's hard to stop your hands from hitting something. a better way to do this is to move the outer wrench to the other side of the inboard wrench so that the wrenches are moving toward one another. This allows you to squeeze them together, the same way you would grip a pair of pliers, and loosen or tighten the collet with just one hand. Totally in control.
Thank you, John. that's a great tip.
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