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Has anybody who owns a DeWalt DW611 Type 1 router had a problem getting the height adjustment ring to fit their plunge base?

My DW611 is a little over a year old, and I have never needed to use the plunge base, until now. When I attempted to install the router motor height adjustment ring onto the plunge base, I discovered that either the adjustment ring is too large in outside diameter, or the yellow plastic top on the plunge base was made incorrectly, as the ring will not fit all the way down between the plastic covering the top of the plunge posts. I can't get it down far enough to latch in place, and if I could, I would not be able to turn it to adjust the router height. Only one height adjustment ring came in my kit and it works fine on the fixed base. Did anybody get a second smaller diameter ring for the plunge base in their kit? When you install your adjustment ring on your plunge base, is there a relief flat in the yellow plastic to allow the ring to latch and adjust? I'm thinking that I either got an adjustment ring that is too large in outside diameter or that they changed the mold for the yellow plastic top of the plunge base to provide relief flats in the post covers to allow the ring to be adjusted and maybe I got a yellow molded part that was made before they made this change to the mold.

I have sent an email to DeWalt CS and I'm waiting for a reply, but I thought someone here might have already solved this. Thanks for any help.

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The ring fits fine on mine Charley and it came off easily if I want to install it on the plunge base without the ring on.
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In the manual it will tell to remove the adjustment ring when using the plunge base.
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Because you don't need it. Height is adjusted x the turret and the plunge.
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I did the same thing until I realized that I did not need it.
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Well, after studying the problem and re-reading the manual, plus looking at some pictures on the internet I realized that I had been assuming that he ring was used on the plunge base, because that's the way DeWalt had designed the DW618 routers. Although I had read the manual for the DWP611 several times, I somehow missed the one important sentence in the whole manual that said this, and since no pictures exist in the manual showing the plunge base assembled without the ring, I must have been confusing myself by remembering how the DW618 plunge base was designed, as you are supposed to use the ring with it.. I had even talked to DeWalt Customer Service and they weren't any help, but offered to send me replacement pieces, that in the end I didn't need. It wasn't until I finally found pictures of the 611 plunge base and motor assembled without the ring that it dawned on me that I wasn't supposed to use it. Duh !!!

The barrel clamp on my plunge base was very loose from the factory and needed tightening before it would hold the motor in place too. It's becoming important to check all screws in everything you buy lately, to be sure they are tight, and I failed to do this, until last night. I'm all set now and my plunge base is working properly. I even used it last night.

Thanks everyone for the help.

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The barrel clamp on my plunge base was very loose from the factory and needed tightening before it would hold the motor in place too. It's becoming important to check all screws in everything you buy lately, to be sure they are tight, and I failed to do this, until last night. I'm all set now and my plunge base is working properly. I even used it last night.

Thanks everyone for the help.

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Charley I am guessing most of us have been guilty of making similar assumptions. I used to assume that something from a factory should be set up when you get it and it took a lot of disappointments before I got in the habit of checking a machine as soon as it comes out of the box now. Almost every machine I've ever bought was out in some way.

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Almost everyone of us has done something like that before. I have for sure. Now you can go play with your 611. What fun, I have one and I really like it.
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