Laminate trimmer review- collet release?
I’ve never owned a laminate trimmer before, and I’m now deciding which one to buy. I really appreciated the recent review in FWW, which helped a lot. One thing that was not mentioned was whether any of the models reviewed have self-releasing collets, or, if not, whether the design of any of them makes bit changing easier with regard to collets getting stuck. Between the four laminate trimmers that were recommended by the FWW article (the Virutex, PC, Makita, and DeWalt), are any of them more or less likely to cause me troubles with this?
I have limited experience with routers. I own one, a 2 1/4 HP Makita, and I have found bit changes very troublesome and time consuming because the collet gets stuck every time. I just read a thread where a guy described a technique for releasing the collet (see 16383.4 in reply to 16383.1). I’ll try that next time, and I hope that solves my problem (too bad no such technique was described in the Makita owner’s manual, leaving me to fend for myself). Are there special techniques that folks have found effective for releasing collets in laminate trimmers, or are they pretty much the same as bigger routers?