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Craftsman rotary tool doesn't lock down on the bits.

I have used this tool for years, but when I took it out to use it this weekend, I couldn't get the collet nut to lock down on the bit. The shaft of the bit just falls out no matter how much I tighten the collet nut. I bought a new collet nut set, but that didn't help. None of the bits I have lock into the device. The motor runs fine, the bits just fall out and won't spin if I can't lock them in place. What's going on? I'm using the tool the same way I always have.

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Sounds like you may have stripped the thread on either the collet but or the shaft. When you've tightened the collet nut does it go loose again?

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The collet is either the wrong size for the shaft on the attachment or is missing alltogether

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