Precision collet for the Makita


(William Adams) #1

Probably we’re going to need to make a Makita-specific page, but for now, it’s listed at: http://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/Spindle_Options#100_to_999_Watts

and for those who go w/ the Makita (or the MLCS Rocky 30 which seems to be a re-badged one only in black) since Carbide 3D currently doesn’t have a precision collet option, one should esp. note the availability of:

http://www.elairecorp.com/makitaroutercollets.html

I’ve got a pair of them (1/4" and 1/8") and they’re wonderfully nicely machined.


(mikep) #2

Also, these:

http://www.precisebits.com/products/equipment/dewalt_611_kits.asp?tsPT=!!!Dewalt_611!!!Kit!!!PG!!!


(William Adams) #3

Just to clarify the Precise Bits Collets are for the Dewalt not the Makita


(mikep) #4

You’re right, sorry, missed the OEM.


(William Adams) #5

's alright.

It’s rather unfortunate that the Precise Bits folks feel that it wouldn’t be economically feasible to make an ER-style collet for the Makita — I suspect that that availability was why the Dewalt was chosen as the default option for the SO3.


(William Adams) #7

And there’s now a page on this:

https://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/RT0701

(and it seems Grizzly rebadges this as well, for those who want green).


(Ben Schuster) #8

Will the Elaire collets work with the collet nut that comes with the router, or is there a place where I could get the appropriately-sized nut?


(Jared Hooper) #9

I got 5 of these on ebay to try out. They work just fine in the Makita.
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/172059853475


(William Adams) #10

Yes, the Elaire collets are a drop-in replacement for the Makita collet — since it doesn’t snap into the nut as an ER collet does, no need for extra nuts.

@JaredHooper — I used such an adapter on my Harbor Freight trim router for a while, but found the it introduced some runout even at HF QC levels (though maybe I got lucky on my unit — first time for everything) — the Elaire collets are wonderfully machined.