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1/2 inch to 1/4 inch collett Freud 3 and 1/4 hp router

After removing the nut, the 1/2 collet is locked in the nut. How are you supposed to use the 1/4 inch collett?

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Well, I had the same problem. I read one forum and they basically eventually managed to get it out by sheer brute force and white sore fingers. Maybe I am a wimp, but I could not do it. So I put a nail through two opposing holes in the collet and I clamped the nail in my bench press. Now I could use two hands on the nut, and thus having twice the strength effectively I managed to wiggle the parts apart. It is supposed to get easier over time. My fingers are still sore, but at least it works. Better than my first instinct to use vice grips and a sledge hammer (kidding).

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