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I'm new here and I inherited a Craftsman 315.17461 from my grandfather but the shaft lock is broken. The switch slides back and forth but does not lock the shaft in any position. I found the manual on this forum and have looked at threads for similar routers. The manual simply says that it should be taken to a licensed repairman if anything is wrong under the cap. That ain't happenin'.
To start, I can not get the cap off the top. I removed the 3 screws on top and see from other posts that there is a small screw that attaches the red plastic part of the switch to the internal part that I need to remove to get the cap off but I can not see the screw from the outside and don't know how to get access to it. Once the cap is off, does anyone have any advice for how to repair the shaft lock? Thanks
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Hello and welcome to the router forum Tim
Some times craftman hid the screw under a label like the caution label or the horse power label

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Tim; with due respect to your Grandfather, and an obvious emotional attachment to his tools, buy a new router. Seriously.

An old Craftsman has no real value anymore, especially now that Sears is rolling up the carpet. I'd bet a 6 pack that most of the older member's here (probably most of us ) started out with a Craftsman router. I did, and I still have it and it still works, BUT it's not my favorite and it certainly isn't the one I reach for.
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I had one of those once and took it apart and it required I get the shaft lock slide out first but I just don't exactly remember how I did it.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Tim - if I remember, seems to me, on my old Craftsman router, I had to push the slide switch in while sliding it sideways for the lock to work. I'm not at home so I can't confirm. Have you tried that?
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I have a different old Craftsman and as Vince mentioned: I have to push the lever towards the motor and in at the same time, then it works fine. Maybe yours is similar.

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I have one also and I have to push the slide in to lock the rotor
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Thanks everyone for the advice. I managed to figure it out by prying gently on the switch with a screw driver I got the switch to pop up and could see the screw. Miraculously, this also engaged the shaft lock and I can now switch it on and off without a problem. Danin Van, at some point I will get a new router but I honestly don't use it frequently enough to justify it at this point. Thanks again!
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It has a built in lock out too that won't allow it to be energized while the lock is engaged. Don't ask how I know that.

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at some point I will get a new router but I honestly don't use it frequently enough to justify it at this point. Thanks again!
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Justify.... lol I wouldnt have any toys if I had to justify them lol
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