Broken router collet - what did I do?
I just bought a 2.25hp Dewalt router kit. I was using the fixed base with a 3/4" Skil bit to cut a groove in four 2x4s laid side to side. The first pass went fine. The end of the second pass, the bit fell out, along with a piece of the collet. We're talking sixty seconds of use. I had the bit set in the collet per directions, even pulled it out the 1/16" as suggested. It was tightened, base was flat, I dunno. Manufacturing defect? User error? It's my first "good" tool and it breaks after a minute of use. Rather frustrated, not to mention the day of routing and shelf construction I lost out on.