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The part that holds in the bit is the collet right? And if I don't have one or have the wrong one I can go to my local hardware store and replace it? I have a 2004 Durabuilt rotary tool (120V, 085-06-0614) I bought at a pawn shop and it didn't come with the piece that holds the bit in. Thank you for your help

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At Home depot you can find it or online at Dremmel.

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