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Router Bit Wrenches GRRRRR!!!!!

PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:36 pm
by TReischl
Well, not grrrrr anymore.

I don't know about the rest of the folks using a router that requires two wrenches to loosen the collet, but it was an issue for me. Those thin wrenches had a nasty habit of becoming disengaged at exactly the wrong time.

The other day I was in one of my drawers full of "stuff" and I spied a few extra router wrenches. I taped two of them together to make a "fat" wrench with packing tape.

Ahhh, life is good!!!

BTW, my router used to have a little pin that one pushed in so only one wrench was required. You guessed it, it broke off long ago. Which is why I suppose PC made sure there were still two nuts.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:48 pm
by larrybadgett
Half inch deep socket works very well for the lower nut! ☺

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:58 pm
by TReischl
Larry? I am trying to picture how to use a socket? I definitely do not follow what you are saying?

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:02 am
by martin54
TReischl wrote:Larry? I am trying to picture how to use a socket? I definitely do not follow what you are saying?


+1

Only way I can see that working is to just use the socket & I wouldn't have thought you would be able to pull the nut tight enough with just the socket :lol: :lol:

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:13 am
by larrybadgett
:D
larrybadgett wrote:Half inch deep socket works very well for the lower nut! ☺


Half inch drive deep socket ( 1 1/8 inch I think ) on a ratchet bored out! Have been using for over a decade and works very well. Only need a open end wrench with extended length router bits. :) :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:48 am
by ger21
BTW, my router used to have a little pin that one pushed in so only one wrench was required.


Learning to properly use two wrenches is SOOO much easier than a spindle lock, imo.

The key is to position the two wrenches so you can squeeze them together with one hand. You'll be able to get the nut tighter, and loosen it far, far easier.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:04 pm
by TReischl
ger21 wrote:
BTW, my router used to have a little pin that one pushed in so only one wrench was required.


Learning to properly use two wrenches is SOOO much easier than a spindle lock, imo.

The key is to position the two wrenches so you can squeeze them together with one hand. You'll be able to get the nut tighter, and loosen it far, far easier.


Agree with you there, been doing that since about forever. But I would still get a problem every now and then with that miserable thin wrench slipping off. Never a problem on the router table, but upside down on the cnc? Oh yea. Since I taped the two wrenches together it hasn't happened.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:24 pm
by dwilli9013
The back of my fingers and myself thank you for that tip Ted..... :lol: :lol: :lol: