You should remember that while these steps are how to remove and replace a bit in your wood router, they are only general steps, and each wood router may have a slightly different process. So if any of these steps don’t work for you, you can always look at the owner’s manual for the specific type of wood router that you have.
Steps To Removing A Bit On A Wood Router
· Step 1 – Most Craftsman routers have a locking mechanism that needs to be engaged in order to start the process. You need to engage this locking mechanism in order to lock the shaft of the router as well as to disable the power switch. You do not want the power to be on when changing the bit because that is dangerous.
· Step 2 – Get A box end wrench in order to loosen the collet that holds the router bit firmly in place. The picture below is of a box head wrench that you will need for the job
· Step 3 – Use the box end wrench to loosen the bit by rotating it in a counter clockwise direction. Remember that the collet needs to turn in a counterclockwise direction in order to loosen it, not in a clockwise direction.
· Step 4 – Sometimes the bit will stick in the chuck even when the collet has been sufficiently loosened. In this case you will need a good pair of small needle nose pliers in order to remove it. Gently apply some pressure to the bit in order to pull it out of the chuck. Make sure that you don’t damage the bit by gripping it too hard because the material could chip or crack; be very gentle! For this using a good pair of soft jawed pliers would be ideal.
· Step 5 – As you are using the soft jawed pliers to pull the bit out, keep the shaft of the wood router locked into position and slowly pull and rotate to the left at the same time. This should be more than enough to remove the bit easily and without any damage.
· Step 6 – The bit may still be stuck, in which case, use the box end wrench to completely move the collet from the shaft completely. Then use a flat head screw driver to gently pry apart the flutes in the chuck. Once the flutes have been pried apart the bit should just come out without any issue.
Steps To Putting A New Bit In The Router
After the original bit has been removed by following the steps outlined above, the new bit will then need to be put in. This is a lot easier than removing the old bit, because the hardest part is dealing with a stuck bit.
· Step 1 – Once the old bit has been removed, putting the new bit in the router is quite easy. Simply take the new bit and place it in between the flutes (if you have had to pry apart the flutes with a flat head screwdriver).
· Step 2 - If you did not have to use a screwdriver to pry the flutes apart, then you can just place the pit in the chuck. Put the bit in the middle of the chuck and make sure that it is straight. If you try to tighten the collet around the chuck and the bit when the bit is not straight, it may damage the chuck and the router, not to mention that the bit will be crooked.
· Step 3 – After you have placed the bit in the chuck you will need to tighten the collet.
· Step 4 – Now you need to use the same box head wrench to tighten the collet on the shaft around the bit. Turn the box head wrench in a clockwise direction until the collet stops turning.
· Step 5 – After the collet has been tightened until it cannot move anymore, you can disengage the locking mechanism that locks the shaft into place and turns of the power supply.
The original bit that you get with your wood router when you buy it may break quickly, or for the job at hand you may require a different type of bit. When you replace the bit in your router, here are the different types of bits that you can use. Keep in mind that that you get what you pay for and if you get a cheaper bit then it will definitely affect the quality of the work that you are doing. Also keep in mind that you don’t always need a bigger bit for bigger projects and sometimes it’s just better to use a small bit and make several smaller cuts to get the same result. Another thing to remember is that you can get single use bits or multi use bits. The single use bits will perform much better for the job at hand because they are specifically designed for one thing, whereas the multi-use bits can do more than one job, but they can only do it so well.
Steel Bits – Some people prefer to use steel bits, but they aren’t really worth the money if you are going to be using the bit more. Steel bits are ideal for beginners working on small projects, but other than the cheap price they aren’t really that great. Steel bits are not ideal for big projects because they tend to chip quickly and can even break when they are used for a prolonged period of time. Steel bits are also known to get very hot very quickly and that can lead to the wood you are routing to burn. As we said, steel bits are alright for beginners and small projects, but not for the everyday handyman.
Carbide Bits – Carbide bits are ideal for most situations because they tend to be built with quality in mind. Carbide bits are quite a bit more expensive than steel tips but they are also a lot better. These kinds of bits don’t heat up as quickly so they won’t burn the wood like steel tips tend to do. A quality bit like a carbide bit will also usually come with a little ledge that allows the router and the bit to rest on the wood, meaning that it won’t seize up when you push a little too hard.
Changing Your Bit – The Video
In case you still don’t understand exactly how to replace the bit in your router then you can always watch these videos to get a better idea.