What type of Collet are you guys using?

Hi All,

For the past couple of years I have been using the Precision Collet Kit for DeWalt 611 from inventables but recently I started exploring the larger bits for hogging out bit materials. The problem I am running into is that the wrench that works for this collet can’t get past the larger (3/4") bit to loosen or tighten the collet.

Are you guys using a different collet? If so, what are your recommendations?

Thanks in advance.

I use the precision one for any 1/8 shank bit and then the standard collet that came with the 611 for quarter inch shank bits.

I use the precision Collets for the Dewalt, they are a challenge to get out after you remove the nut. Do you have the same issue? How do you get yours out?

are you installing and removing the collets as shown in the usage guide?

Elaire collet user here.


Sorry I misspoke. The problem I am running into is with the nut. The nut that inventables sells requires a U-shaped wrench to loosen it.

The 3/4" bit I am using is bigger than the U-shape on the wrench so I can’t get it past the bit to get to the nut.

The Precise Bits collets have a spanner type wrench to avoid this exact quandary. US term. My apologies to the others who use this term for what we here in the states call a box wrench.

@AngusMcleod Thanks Angus not sure how I missed that. Went through may box of paperwork from the build and didn’t find any instructions that came with that kit. Lesson learned ordered a new set for the 1/8" and a set for 1/4". All should be good from here out THANKS!

Neil, a picture would better help to understand your issue, but I suspect you are pushing the bit further into the collet that it need be. You should be able to slip the wrench over the bit shank and then up onto the nut.

I must be missing something. Why do you have to go over the bit with a U shaped wrench? Why not just come in from the side of the nut, already being higher than the bit?

You’re probably right. My problem is, I am working with a 3" slab of wood so in order for me to have enough clearance, I have to insert the bit completely in the router.

Fortunately, I just got the CNC4Newbie slider so hopefully thats no longer a problem.

Ah. Clear now. :+1:

The collets I, and others, use come from Elaire. Uses “regular” wrenches.

Oops. Missed that Chris already posted link.