I just recieved a brand new Porter cable Model 694VK router (fixed
base with plunge attachment). The problem I'm having is getting the
blade to extend much farther than it does. I can only make very
shallow route cuts on my boards when I know it should be capable of
making deeper cuts. The intructions said to set the router bit into
the collet all the way then back it out 1/16th of an inch and tighten.
After that I go to adjust the depth by undoing the clamp on the base
and twisting the motor unit deeper into the base. However even maxed
out I still cannot reach the desired depth for my router bit to cut
with. Any tips would be appreciated. FYI, I'm fairly new to
woodworking but have used routers in the past.
There may be a burr in the groove on the fixed base your using which isn't
allowing you to completely lower the motor into the base. Take off the base
and examine it then take some 0000 steal wool(or 400 - 600 grit wet/dry
paper) and sand both the motor housing and base inside. Apply a coat of wax
and see if you can't get the motor further into the base. I'm able to take
the routet collet into the base hole.
This link shows a photo of the router all the way in and the collet appears
to be at the base.
No affilitation with the above, just using it as a reference.
is your bit long enough?
when the router is all the way in the base the end of the collet nut
should be just about flush with the base of the router.
try taking the motor all of the way out of the base and inspecting the
inside of the base. there are several pins on the motor that ride in
spiral grooves in the base. if these grooves are damaged or fouled
with foreign material the router won't adjust correctly. when placing
the motor back in the base make sure the right pin is in the right
On 5 Jan 2004 07:50:40 -0800, email@example.com (Basspro*) wrote:
One thing you might consider is if the bit is wider than the standard
hole in the bottom of the base. I've heard they make the hole that
small to prevent wide bits being used with the 1-1/4 HP router (i.e.
you want a 2+ or 3+ for wider bits). But I just wanted to use
roundover and chamfer bits (not panel raising bits for example) and
even those wouldn't fit through the hole of the base.
In the beginning I just took the black phenolic plate off the base to
use the bit but that made things pretty unstable. Since then I've
built a router table and do most of my stuff there. I've been
eyeballing a Pat Warner offset base for a while and I would suggest
you look at one of those (with the larger hole for the bigger bits).
PS. Pat's website: http://www.patwarner.com/offset_subbase.html
firstname.lastname@example.org (Basspro*) wrote in message
Yes that's a pain with this router. I opened up the hole by slowly screwing
in the base with the router running on a round over bit that was bigger than
the hole by about 1/8". It now works with other larger bits I've got but
then I've also got a vs version I can use the bigger bits with.
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