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    Collet Reducer?

    I have a bunch of 1/4" shank router bits, left over from when my only router had a 1/4" collet. I see that Rockler has a "collet reducer" for about $7, and I thought it might be a little simpler to use that in my table-mounted router than to switch collets when I want to use one of the 1/4" shank bits.

    Anyone here have experience with a reducer - how well does it work? Is there any challenge around bottoming-out - i.e., do you have to keep the reducer from bottoming-out, as well as the bit?

    Thanks.

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    My experience with collet reducers is mixed. Some work well and some are not precise enough, they induce a small amount of wobble which is terrible at routing speeds. I prefer to change collets and not use any type of reducer.

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    Switching collets takes just a few seconds, not sure what advantage is gained by using a reducer.
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    I've used reducers generally with no problems. The single split ones work, but the multi-split type hold better. If you can get a dedicated collet and nut assembly it works best.
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    I've had trouble with them slipping. A dedicated collet of the correct size has worked much better. In my Bosch and PC routers the changeover is trivial.

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    I have one of these that I use with a Muscle Chuck: https://www.amazon.com/Whiteside-Rou.../dp/B0012JG9QM
    The lip on the end makes it easy to remove when not needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scott vroom View Post
    Switching collets takes just a few seconds, not sure what advantage is gained by using a reducer.
    This. Change the collet.
    "Anything seems possible when you don't know what you're doing."

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    Thanks for the feedback, everybody. Guess I'll set this idea aside. If I ever come back to it, I'll keep the Whiteside in mind - unlike the Rockler, it has multiple splits, per Lee's suggestion, and the lip does​ seem like it would make it easier to remove.

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    Really, how much easier is it to use a reducer?

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    My first router was a Makita that had a 1/2'' collet and came with a reducer. I happily used it for years until I got my first Porter Cable router with two collets. The one I had from Makita had three slits in it.

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