I am not used to working with routers so maybe its me thats not doing
something properly. This is a cheap B&Q router.
When I put a bit in the router and depress the router the bit barely
protrudes below the base plate, in fact when I used it a few days ago I
had to `not fully insert` the bit so it would protrude further to allow
me to do the job in hand.
I have checked all the depth stops etc and nothing I can see should
prevent it pushing down further on the slides.
When fully depressed on the slides there is still approx an inch of
slide to go at the base plate end.
This does point to something jammed in the slide mechanism but thought
best to ask here before I start to rip it apart.
I suppose the question is ...should the router depress for the full
length of the slides?
On 17/08/2013 13:11, email@example.com wrote:
Its not new (4 years old) was sons he tried using it and passed it to
me, I have used a few times since then and seem to recall it went to the
end but wasnt sure.
Its not catching on the rotating turret.
At a guess, it could be an alignment problem. You have two pillars with
two reasonably close fitting bushes linked together. So if the pillars
are not parallel, it might move at one end but not the other. I'd start
by taking off the base plate, then generally loosening stuff until it
starts to move. But I would not spend much time on it.
A good one will plunge far enough that the bottom of the chuck/collet
actually passes through the hole in the base plate. Not all of them will
do this - but they should at least get close.
The depth of the collet will me more than you need - so yes you can sit
a cutter deep in the collet, and this may limit the reach. With a cutter
that has say a 40mm shank, you only need say 15mm or so of it in the
collet to get a good grip (in a 1/4" machine).
You can't read much into how much travel appears to be on the plunge
mechanism, what matters is how far the chuck moves with respect to the
This one was well short. Anyhow I have now taken the router apart, not
too difficult and the router drops down about another inch in the
disassembled state. I will give it a good internal clean and then look
more closely at it but initially it looks like the spring mechanism
inside the slide could have been the culprit although I havent worked
out how as yet.
Update...looks like there isnt much I can do, I seperated the body and
the bottom half drops so that the collet hits the deck, this leaves a
gap of about 1 inch gap from the upper part of the body. So I then took
the top half of the body and only inserted it on one side (one slide) on
to the slide and it bottoms out on that slide (you can hear it feel it
inside the main body) at that point the gap between the collet part and
the main body remains at 1 inch so it aappear that unless I cut the
slide it aint going any lower. I will just have to make sure I dont
insert the cutter fully when using it.
I had an old 1/4 inch B&Q router that I inherited from my father and it
had all sorts of issues including, interestingly, that it ran off centre
compared to the base (so couldn't be trusted to follow a guide).
Tinkered with it for ages but never really got it right as there isn't
any real adjustment.
Evebtually I went and bought a Trend T4 which, though expensive (and
getting poor reviews), is a (relative) joy to use.
I think the issue with cheapo power tools is that if you get a good one,
they can be absolutely fine but your chances of getting a duffer are
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