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Black and decker router kw850e

What size bits does it need i bought my friend half inch and quarter inch and neither fit.

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  • tom May 11, 2010

    It should say if its 1/2 or 1/4 as far as i know those are the only sizes. did you loosen the nut where the bit goes in.

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The third standard handheld collet size is 8mm (thank the germans for that). you could either get a new 8mm collet for the router or for cheaper get a 1/2" to 8mm reducing sleeve from a good tool stockist or ebay... the sleeves are unversal. the collets are not...

good luck

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