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I have just purchased two Craftsman 315.269210 routers. Both are working and need a good clean up. The only problem I can see at this point is that both have very sticky depth adjustments. How difficult is it to disassemble them enough to solve this problem?
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sticky usually means somebody used petroleum based lube on them such as WD40, oil or grease..
you maybe able to clean them up w/ brake cleaner aerosol and then re-lube w/ a dry lube such as TriFlow...
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Welcome Russo - a quick search of the forums shows that this is a common problem with that router. A suggested solution was to try to get some baby powder between the ring and the motor and attempt to turn the ring back and forth. You could also try using compressed air to attempt to get out any accumulated saw dust that might be in there. And the final suggestion was to just get rid of the router and get a new one.

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Sounds good. I'll give it a try.
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I guess I'm always going to do things different. I have several Craftsman routers. My solution to that problem was, to make each router a dedicated router for a particular height, so now never need to make any height adjustments, just drop another router in place on its own individual router plate. Works for me.

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sticky usually means somebody used petroleum based lube on them such as WD40, oil or grease..
you maybe able to clean them up w/ brake cleaner aerosol and then re-lube w/ a dry lube such as TriFlow...
Is brake cleaner compatible with that type plastic? Some solvents will make the plastic even more sticky. I agree with the dry lube. I had one of those type routers once too. It seems to me that if used regularly that they weren't a problem. Certainly you want the threads to be clean.

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Is brake cleaner compatible with that type plastic? Some solvents will make the plastic even more sticky. I agree with the dry lube. I had one of those type routers once too. It seems to me that if used regularly that they weren't a problem. Certainly you want the threads to be clean.
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I guess I'm always going to do things different. I have several Craftsman routers. My solution to that problem was, to make each router a dedicated router for a particular height, so now never need to make any height adjustments, just drop another router in place on its own individual router plate. Works for me.
That's great Theo, but the OP has a problem with a sticky height adjustment. Unless he gets that fixed, your solution isn't going to help him.
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That's great Theo, but the OP has a problem with a sticky height adjustment. Unless he gets that fixed, your solution isn't going to help him.
OK, try this. I had to spread the collar, and in a couple of cases apply quite a bit of force to get them started. Don't recall that I used any lube, just worked them back and forth until they turned pretty easily. Took awhile. That was years ago, probably all stuck again by now.

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