I didn't get any replys to my previous post, so I thought I would ask things
a little differently.
My new Freud router has an adjustment knob that smoothly adjusts the height
when it is resting on a table (hand held position). When I hang it upside
down in my router table, the same adjustment seems to cock the motor on the
two guide shafts and it binds. Talking to Freud, they say additional torque
on the knob is to be expected, but the pressure that I feel seems so extreme
that I am afraid I will damage the guide bushings. I can see the motor cock
on the base.
I have previously used only fixed routers in tables so I have no experience
with this. Should I experience easier adjustments with a table mounted
plunge router? Any suggestions?
Thanks in advance,
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Thanks. It was actually my plan to remove the springs (or at least the one
opposite the adjuster). Since it will always be table mounted, I guess I
will remove both and be done. I was just a little leary dismembering a
brand new router and what it might do to the warranty.
Thanks to all that responded.
You should be ok with the warranty, as this is a standard mod for table
mounted routers, ie: can be easily reverted back.
I believe Freud routers have rubber boots covering the shafts. If the
bushing is metal, it wouldn't hurt to wipe the shafts with a bit of grease.
Did you disable or remove the plunge springs? The springs are designed to
counter act the weight of the router when right side up. Upside down the
effect of the springs double the weight of the router during an upside down
Very funny. I KNEW that was going to draw fire.
Didn't want to write a 100 word dissertation on a simple concept.
What I mean't was:
Move the springs to a position which presses in the opposite direction
from that which they do at present. I don't own the router in
question, but this is possible with some routers.
Never mind - just pull the springs. :-p
I am told certain plunge Dewalts, and I have an old B&D plunge that
was "flipped" - before it was relegated to the "obsolete junk tools"
pile under the bench. I haven't tried it, 'cause I have no need, but
from the disassembly of my PC890 plunge base, I believe it will allow
this as well. I'll go check on this if you're really concerned.
Remove the C-Clip from the post, remove the spring, replace the clip
with the spring on top, replace the post caps. It now presses down.
(Or up when in a router table.)
FYI - I went and checked on the PC 890 plunge base - It does not work
that way. Seems the mod probably only works with some routers that
have springs external to the post - not internal. It does on the old
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