View Full Version : Beginner question: Frozen router bit
I bought a Dewalt 621 Plunge router yesterday. The
first bit I used on it (1/2" bit) froze inside the
collet. Any ideas on how to remove it? Also, is it
Dewalt or does it happen with other routers too. I
am a novice. any help would be much appreciated.
12-26-2000, 12:25 AM
It is not the fault of the router. The best thing to do is just remove the whole collet. then you can tap the base of the bit with a small hammer to loosen the bit.
You may have tightened it a bit too much but this kind of thing happens with routers.
12-26-2000, 05:31 AM
As you mentioned it was brand new.... there might have been "factory grit" left in it.... OR your bit might not have been completely clean, they often come with a layer of "grease" on them to keep them from rusting.... the grease/film needs to be removed prior to installation into the router <been there, done that, learned the hard way....>
12-26-2000, 11:21 PM
To remove the bit, try tapping the bit sideways with a block of wood. Usually that will loosen it right up.
The contamination left in from manufacture is probably causing the problem. Clean the collet before using the router again. The vast majority sticking bits are caused by the COLLET not releasing from the router spindle. This can be caused by putting a little parafin wax on the inside of the spindle (Outside of collet). This helps the collet slip and release the bit.
I know I'm gonna get @$^%& for this but...
I raise the bit just above the base plate and use my collet wrench under the bit and give it a gentle pry. If it won't come easy then do remove the whole collet and tap from behind.
Many books suggest using rubber grommets over the bit shaft to keep from bottoming out the bit also.
12-27-2000, 12:54 PM
Your bit may have frozen in your router because you may have inserted the bit in the collet to far. When installing router bits push them all the way into the collet and then slightlly pull the bit out about 1/16-1/8" so it does not touch the bottom and then tighten the bit. Your routers manual will explain this better than I just did. To remove the frozen bit simplly losen the collet all the way off with the wrench that came with your router. You will have to force it a little. Please read your router manual in more detail for your own safety. I hate to see people injured permenantlly because of their lack of knowledge. The router you speek off is a great router and you have not hurt it yet.