Put the motor in a stand for a pin router and get a replacement for
handheld/table use...sometimes "it's time".
The possibility of scoring a clunker of the same variety/model for cheap
enough to be a parts machine is so minimal I'd not even bother...
Initially thought about JBWeld, but I think replacement is the better
option. If the bit slips while routing you've ruined your work
and/or possible injury. Take a look at Bosch or Milwaulkee, stay away
from Craftsman, Ryobi, Ridgid.
I would like to offer advice, but am unsure of the situation. I own one of
these now, and have had several. Is the platform that supports the whole
router broken? Or the "boss" that you use to rest the cog when using the
wrench to tighten the nut?
If it is very old, it may be worth saving. If about the past 10 years, be
happy, now you have an excuse to by a real router that does not adjust
itself in the middle of a cut, runs smooth, hold bits with no slip and other
Bosch, Porter Cable, DeWalt, etc. Go to www.patwarner.com and snoop around.
This guy is probably the best routerman alive. .
If you are going to be doing much of this, or it has to be close, spring for
a good one. I believe you could get a good one for $100. The difference is
going to be in the quality of your work. I'm setting up a old small table
now and a router, as well as some other equipment. I know I'll be shopping
for a good router table soon. As with any tool, if you use one much, you
will gravitate towards what gets the job done best and easiest.
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