Re installing the springs on a PC model 7539 router...
...this is a heavy duty 3.5 hp plunge router - the largest Porter Cable makes. I used it for years in a table I made and it worked great. In order to use this plunge router in a table I removed the springs in both handles.
Now I want to reinstall those springs and use it for general routing not mounted in a table. It has been very difficult to try to compress these 18 inch springs back into their cylinder holes on the router.
The resistance to compression is so great that the springs buckle and fly out every time. Is there a tool that can help me do this, or a way to compress those springs back into the holes ?
I made a few experimental jigs and nothing works to this point.
To me, the solution would be to keep the springs straight as they compress down into the holes while they are exerting an upward resistance to compression. Not easy to to this.
I know repair shops probably have a dedicated tool for this, but I'd like to avoid bringing it in just to reinstalll the springs.
I contacted Porter Cable and they do not have any tool to do this.
Those who are familiar with a PC7539 should understand what I am talking about
Thanks for anyone's help.