Another Ryobi 161 with stuck depth gauge
Before giving up on what was a useful entry-level router, I would really like to solve this puzzle.
The exploded parts diagram shows #46 as a steel "needle roller." I removed the clamping lever and found that this needle is completely immovable. If is is a part that can be ordered, shouldn't it be removable?
I have taken off every part I can see, including set screw #35. What is holding the aluminum base and the metal and plastic motor housing together at this point? Is it the "needle roller?"
I think the problem is sawdust, old grease, etc in the spiral plastic housing. I used some penetrating oil with no luck.
This tool is not sturdy, and I'm sure if I use brute force, I will break it for good.
The construction seems so simple. I'll greatly appreciate anyone who can explain how the needle should work and how to get the router apart to clean it!