That is a situation that warrants a spindle lock. When the router is fixed
under a table top and you have to use the wrenches below the table. Loose
on top of a table, spindle locks require too much grabbing, holding, and
working against the hand with the wrench.
I have a Triton router with spindle lock and do above the table bit changes.
I would prefer above the table with 2 wrenches. I still have to brace my
self when working with 1 wrench. With 2 wrenches I just squeeze my hand
My penance for failure to bite into the "router lift" $yndrome with my 7518
is to use two wrenches on top of the table for bit changes, and a pair of
water pump pliers to get the damn nut loosened on the motor sleeve after it
gets hot ... which it indeed does.
I can live with all that better than I can with that #$(%U#POS spindle lock
on my Bosch Colt. ;)
Just wanted to give you an update for all of you who helped me.
I purchased the Ridgid from Home Depot. Setup was very simple and easy, did
most of it without the manual, but did refer to it to double check my work.
Very intuitive. It is very quiet and easy to use, I was pleasantly
I started by attached the 2" drum sander and used that last night. It worked
well, but the supplied drum sandpaper was a little finer grit than I needed
to start. I was cleaning up some 2"+ white oak, and I could bog it down if I
tried, but overall very pleasing.
Just now, I attached the belt sander and tried that. I had not realized that
the belt sander would oscillate as well, another pleasant surprise. (I guess
I thought there would be some override when that attachment was used). With
the Belt sander, and the contours on each end, I was easily able to finish
the piece of oak I was working on, and the interchange was a snap. I think I
am in love.
I need to get a vacuum attachment made, but that is minor. I have my fingers
crossed that it will hold up under use, because it is going to be one of my
Thanks again, everyone
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