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MSP1083

05:51AM | 07/08/07
Member Since: 04/25/06
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I am a new retiree and have been looking at purchasing a router. I've recently purchased a Canadian Leigh Jig (D4R) and received four 8mm shankk router bits. I've noticed no info of 8mm bits or collets when I look at routers at my local stores. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

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Billhart

07:31AM | 07/08/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1918 lifetime posts
Almost all of the router bits used in the US and Canada or 1/4" or 1/2" shanks.

And that is all that you will find with routers.

However, some routers do have metric collets available. Probably need to be special ordered. But I have seen them listed in some manufacture catalogs.

A little google found this for the Bosch's.

http://toolsforless.com/product/2301.html

And you can also use a reducer or adapter for 1/2" collet.

Here Rockler sells a kit with an reducer.

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?Offerings_ID=17399&cookietest=1

http://www.rockler.com/blog/index.cfm?commentID=181

And here you can get the adapter only.

http://www.amazon.com/Whiteside-6400x8-Router-Collet-Diameter/dp/B000HRV5XC/ref=sr_1_6/103-4022005-7028653?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1183908046&sr=1-6

There are a number of wooding specialized forums that will give you lots more detailed info on this and woodworkign in general.

A google on Woodworking Forums will find several and many of the magazines (FWW and Wood, I know) ahve forums.
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