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Offline sroxberg

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Centrotec Usage Question
« on: April 15, 2021, 02:22 PM »
I always seem to struggle to get the Centrotec bits to seat correctly, sometimes it snaps straight in and other times I have to fidget with it. Pushing it in, out, twisting slightly until it finally seats.

I must be missing a trick or the proper way to insert them, or is that just the nature of the beast?

Thanks in advance and this is probably a really dumb question but it has been bothering me.

Steve

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Offline squall_line

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Re: Centrotec Usage Question
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2021, 02:27 PM »
I always seem to struggle to get the Centrotec bits to seat correctly, sometimes it snaps straight in and other times I have to fidget with it. Pushing it in, out, twisting slightly until it finally seats.

I must be missing a trick or the proper way to insert them, or is that just the nature of the beast?

Thanks in advance and this is probably a really dumb question but it has been bothering me.

Steve

I've only had a CXS with Centrotec for a short time and haven't used the Centrotec very much until I got the CE-Mini set, so I've noticed this more prominently trying to attach the right-angle adapter; you need to hand-turn the end of the adapter to get it to line up and seat at the rotation you're looking for.

I've noticed that there's a similar bit of an art to getting bits to seat properly in the Centrotec.  Since you can't see the hex inside the holder, you have to twist it around until it starts to seat as you put it in.

I'll admit, I haven't quite gotten it down myself yet. 

Online Alex

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Re: Centrotec Usage Question
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2021, 03:06 PM »
Been using centrotec for over 10 years now, I still have this same issue sometimes. Just wiggle them a bit until they seat properly.

Offline elfick

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Re: Centrotec Usage Question
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2021, 03:17 PM »
Just like the other guys have said, this really comes down to not being able to see the hex faces of the spindle like you can with a normal bit holder. I usually hold the bit between my thumb and the flat of my pointer finger and slowly spin the bit while applying light pressure. You shouldn't have to spin it more than 60 degrees before it catches. It becomes habit so you don't even think about it after a while.

Offline mrB

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Re: Centrotec Usage Question
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2021, 05:17 PM »
I guess maybe. If so it didn’t take long to become second nature. There maybe a bit of twisting going to set the bit properly but it happens so fast and naturally I’m not really focusing what’s going on. My bit changes happen fast, that’s all I know :)

The chucks often spot on quicker with a tap on the trigger to align the shaft.
there's nothing like the right tool for the job

Offline Crazyraceguy

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Re: Centrotec Usage Question
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2021, 06:09 PM »
It just takes a bit of a twist. I'm so used to it that I don't think about it. The difficult part is putting it back together if you take the Centrotech chuck off with a driver bit in it. Putting that back together is quite a challenge.
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Offline mrB

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Re: Centrotec Usage Question
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2021, 05:32 AM »
It just takes a bit of a twist. I'm so used to it that I don't think about it. The difficult part is putting it back together if you take the Centrotech chuck off with a driver bit in it. Putting that back together is quite a challenge.

Just put it on while giving the trigger a slight press. Honestly this is as easy for me as putting a bit in. Obviously I’m not saying I’m clever, but just that there is a way to do it that quickly becomes second nature.
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Offline mrB

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Re: Centrotec Usage Question
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2021, 07:05 AM »
Just made this video. Honestly, it’s even easier and less fiddly than I imagined. I assumed I had more ingrained trickery to my method, but they really just slot in and out for the most part. .



I don’t mean to be smart arse or rude here. Just meaning to demonstrate that it becomes pretty easy with practice.
« Last Edit: April 18, 2021, 07:22 AM by mrB »
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Offline Crazyraceguy

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Re: Centrotec Usage Question
« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2021, 11:34 AM »
Oh, I'm not saying that it's a big deal or anything. It's just not the same as bit into chuck alone. I like the system and will eventually have more of the Centrotech stuff.
CSX
DF500 + assortment set
PS420 + Base kit
OF1010
OF1400
MFK700 (2)
TS55, FS1080, FS1400 holey, FS1900, FS3000
CT26E + Workshop cleaning set
RO90
RO125
ETS EC 125
RAS115
ETS 125 (2)
TS75