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Collet base removal

My 395 has the solid base of the collet stuck inside the threaded bit. I discovered this when I bought new collets to replace the broken one. How to I remove the piece? The new collets will not seat low enough to allow the cover to grab on.

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  • high c kid Oct 13, 2008

    The suggestion got me onto the right track. After the threaded screw didn't work (it just wedged the collet against the sides tighter), I used a threaded tapper (right term?) and it bit into the soft metal quickly and was able to be "tapped" out with a small hammer on the tapping handle. Thanks!

  • cerickson Oct 27, 2008

    I am new with this product and I am very anxious to use it, My problem (s) are as follows: Can't get the collet into the shaft. Also when I attach the flex tube with the smaller tool I can turn on the regular one but I can't get the small one to turn also (almost done) when using the chuck how do you tighten it up to get the chuck to hold the attachment when using just the main Dremmel.



    I have no istructions or repair manuals (my husband can't find them) maybe that would help.



    A DVD that shows how to use and change accessories would be very helpful.



    Please send me instuctions on these issues or tell me where I can get the information. I down loaded a manual but it wasn't helpfull



    Thhank you in advance for your help.



    Connie Erickson

    (559) 679-0521 (cell)

    email: cerickson5454@yahoo.com.





    We have so many things we need to use this tool on and can"t use it.

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Try using a tapered wood screw or sheet metal screw as an extractor. Choose one of a size that will let its tip go down into the broken collet and get a grip when you twist it. If that fails, you might use a screw extraction tool.

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