Flex-Shaft Attachment Instructions
Safety Rules for Flex-Shaft
Read and understa.nd the ~ool
use of this
yow tool. Fanure to
aperattI1 of any
faeIgn objects be n9 thrown
into the eyes.
operate the flexible shaft with a sharp or
bending the shaft can
generate excessive heat on
the jacket or hand piece and
may cause the flexible shaft
(fsengage from tool. The
oend radius is
hold the hand piece firmly in your hands
start-up. The reaction torque of the motor, as
speed, can cause the shaft to
router bits or other large diameter
cutting bits. Large diameter cutting bits can cause
kickback and loss of control when used with the
Do not remove end ferrule while tool is running. The
•- cable will become loOSefrom the jacket and will
uncontrollably whip or lash around.
. For use with Craftsman Rotary Tools 572.610700,
572.610530, 5n.61 0830, 572.610960, 572.610950
It is extremely important to carefully read and follow the
directions below for attaching the flex-shaft to your
rotary tool. This will ensure the tool will function
To properly attach the flex-shaft to the rotary tool,
THREEitems must be removed from the tool: housing
cap, collet nut and collet.
Press the Shaft lock button, unscrew and
remove the collet nut
Step 2. Unscrew and remove housing cap from tool.
Step 3. Remove the collet,
Note: If the collet nut and collet are not
removed from the motor shaft, the tool will
not function properly.
the driver cap on the motor
shaft and tighten.
To prevenl d~mage t~
nof overtIghten dnver
cap. Tighten the driver cap finger tight and then
tighten an additional
with the wrench
(included with your
Attach by screwing the collar of the
flex-shaft to the rotary tool. Make sure the
square end of the center core engages the
square hole socket in the driver cap.
Do not pull. out c~nter core
to engage IOta drtver cap.
This could cause disengagement of center core
from handpiece. If tool stops when shaft is bent,
center core may be lodged in driver cap. Loosen
shaft and remove core from driver cap. Then
screw flexible shaft onto rotary tool housing
Disengagement of the Flex-Shaft
The flexible shaft may become disengaged if
the motor of your rotary tool is not elevated
higher than the working end of the flex-shaft.
Collet and Accessory Assembly
The collet assembly consists of a collet nut and
collet. Usethe collet nut and collet that were
removed from your tool in step 2 and 3 and insert
them into the tip of the flex-shaft handpiece.
Insert an accessory or bit as deeply as possible to
avoid wobble during use. With the shaft lock button
engaged on the flex-shaft handpiece retighten the
Collet Removal and Replacement
Four different size collets (sold separately) to
accommodate different shank sizes are available for
your flex-shaft. To install a different collet, remove
the collet nut and old collet. Insert the unslotted end
of the collet in the hole in the end of the flex-shaft,
Replace collet nut on the shaft. Always use the
collet which matches the shank size of the
accesso'L't'Q.!!.Jllan to use. i'JelleLJoIce_a lar.ger
diameter shank into a collet.
Collet Identification - Collet size can be
identified by the ring(s) on the back end of
Collet has one
Collet has two
Collet has three
Collet has no rings.
Flexible Shaft Lubrication
Theflex-shaft should be
lubricated after every
hours of use. To lubricate, unscrew the flex-shaft
assembly from the motor housing. Pull the center
core out of the flex-shaft assembly. Wipe a very
thin film of automotive wheel bearing grease on to
the center core and reinsert back into the shaft. To
prevent damage to tool do not over grease
shaft. Too much grease will cause the unit to
Reattach the flex-shaft to the rotary tool.
Contents of 572.530331 Flex-Shaft Attachment
Flex-Shaft Assembly (42"
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