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The collet is simple to replace - it will pull out if you unscrew one of the large bolts enough. Keep unscrewing the bolt that holds in your bits, and the collet will fall off in your hand. 1/4" or 1/2" replacements are easy to find on eBay or any Skil dealer.

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