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I have an old router Sears 315.17400 with 1/4 inch bits but no collet, nut, or manual. I'd like to get this working as it is mounted on my new router table and I would like to use my new one as a plunge router. Do I go with trial and error or does someone have an answer for me? Thanks, bogged down in router hell (I.m new to these tools)

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Have you tried sears for the collet and nut, should be able to get it there , on on line from there., As far as manual, what questions did you have., I can help.

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