bought the 2 1/4 hp makita fixed/plunge kit a few months ago. have only used it a handful of times and hadn't really taken this problem seriously, until now when i'm u sing it more frequently.
the problem is: whether i use the 1/2" or 1/4" collet, with brand new whiteside bits, i can't get the dang things OUT when i want to change bits. the collet loosens up easily, but i'm forced to use the wrench to leverage the bit out using the edge of the baseplate. this is horrible, i know.
i always fully seat the bit, then pull it up back up at least 1/8" before tightening down. i've also tried not tightening the collet as much, and wound up destroying a mahogany railing i was milling because the bit slipped down!!
this is such a pain.
amazon won't replace it, and makita would make me mail it to a service station, which would cost like $30 out of pocket.
i guess this is my last resort, but it feels like makita should be responsible here.
am i missing something? lube? what? anyone else have a similar issue?
My PC 7518 router acts the same. I loosen the collet with the wrench and the bit will not come out. I continue to loosen the collet by hand, then the collet becomes tight. Loosen it with the wrenches just a little more and the bit comes out.
What we've got here is... failure to communicate. Some men you just can't reach. So you get what we had here last week, which is the way he wants it... well, he gets it.