Dew, like many others it bothers me when a tool doesn't stay in the same condition as it came from the factory. For your information you can purchase a new Craftsman #27683 from Sears for $83(if you join the Craftsman Club). This is a 12 amp, 2hp, 1/4 and 1/2 collets, variable speed. above table adjust-ability, with fixed and plunge base. I purchased one a few months ago and could not believe the quality and features of this router. My son and I have been working it hard and it is holding up very well. I believe these are made by Bosch. And no, I have no affiliation with Sears, or any stock in them. I just love a well made tool at a descent price. I am considering buying another set, to mount permanently in the table before the price shoots UP!