"For those having trouble with the collet and nut.
Please be aware that the collet needs to be snapped into the nut, so that they are 'together' as one unit. If you don't do this, then the cutter and collet will indeed become stuck in the machine. They need to be connected for the nut to release the collet.
Usually only one nut is supplied and the two, 1/4 and 1/2" collets. Each time you change collets, you need to click or snap the collet into the retaining nut. Don't do this and you will run into the stuck cutter problem.
To remove the cutter, slacken the nut, but keep turning it. It will become tight again. Keep going again with the spanner. It's this second slackening which pulls the collet and the cutter from the machine shaft.
This is not a fault with the machine, but a common mistake made by people new to these types of routers."
"I've only been using the router for a couple of days, so my reliability rating is purely arbitrary, but first impressions are of a good, solid machine that feels like it will be a durable addition to the tool kit. I found the router powerful and easy to manoeuver. The guide fence was rock solid and very stable in use. Having both 1/4 & 1/2 collets is a bonus for obvious reasons. Incidentally, I had no problems with the collet nut as had by an earlier reviewer. An earlier problem now fixed?? However, I can only comment on my own experience. All in all, I'd recommend it to anyone."
"Fitted in my router table ; I lift it with a cheap car type pyramid jack; Soft start is good. When undoing the collet nut to remove router bit; loosen with spanner then turn outer nut further until it goes tight again the re-apply spanner and slacken further before removing bit, this has confused many owners. Does not have a fine tune for depth"
"i bought this routter, however it is an amazing tool, really smooth to use glides into the wood really nice, howevr i had to send it back twice as the blade got stuck in it twice as the nut you tighten to hold the blade in was not the spring clip type, so as a result i had to buy a differant routter, if a differant design on the nut was available i would definatly buy it again, such a shame as i really was impressed."
Made by the leaders of engineering machines 'back in the day' This router is powerful, very easy to use and accurate.
The collet works brilliantly unlike many of the cheaper routers I have tried. The lock on switch makes it safe and easy to route and perfect for a table (howether there are no mounting holes so some intelligent design will be needed to add to your table) It cuts cleanly and smoothly with little' throw-off' and no slippage of the bit. Comes with 1/2" AND 1/4" collets and straight fence guide.
No fine adjustment can mean a fiddly menouver to add on a few mill to the depth of cut."
"Can't comment on reliability as only purchased yesterday as replacment for burnt out Ferm one I bought a couple of years back. Good solid build compared to the old Ferm router. Agree with comments about extraction (or lack of), however powerful, assured performance. 1/2 & 1/4 inch collets/adapters a bonus meaning you can use existing 1/4 bits, but upgrade to 1/2 bits when I neext need some."
"Looked at this at store - didn't buy as although the spec says dust extract facility there was no dust extract fitting - unless dust extract facility means there are two screws to hold something in place. . . maybe missing from the one I looked at but recommend checking. Other wise was solid tool very rigid fence, guide bush reasonably centered also the on off switch latches which would be a useful feature in a router table."
"Was satisfied with the machine,until I switched to the 1/4 inch collet. Had to use a hammer to remove it. I tried again with a brand new router bit,tightening just past hand tight. Exactly the same problem. I am now returning the machine for a replacement. Fingers crossed"