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I am having trouble with my router. The locking bar keeps coming loose and the set depth is moving while I am using it. Please advise. I don't know what I missed when setting it up. I read and reread the users manual and still I just routed through my work table.
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@kathaap - welcome to the forums - there should be a bolt/nut combination that holds your "locking bar". You may have to tighten the nut to offer more resistance when you lock the bar in place. I'm guessing that there isn't enough resistance there. When you lock the bar in place, how much tension is required?

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I will try to look for a drawing online, but there should be a screw you can turn to tighten up the clamp. This will increase the clamping force on the base.


I don't know if the nut inside the highlighted circle can be turned, but that is where I would start
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On page 8 of your manual there is a blow up bubble diagram showing the Locking Arm...there is a small nut on the other side of the Locking Arm. That nut can be tightened/loosened to provide the right amount of locking arm pressure when pressed against the body of the router.

Assuming that might be your problem, try going in a half turn at a time until you get a solid lock.

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Thank you all for your help. I tightened the nut under the locking bar and so far so good. I’ve got some more to do tomorrow. If the problem isn’t corrected I’ll be back. 😊
I ended up with a 1/2” hole in my work table today. That’s why I ended up joining this forum. Thank you again! I have at least two more projects in the near future that also need some work with a router and it’s been years since I last used one.
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Glad to hear it! Good luck on the projects

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Thank you all for your help. I tightened the nut under the locking bar and so far so good. Iíve got some more to do tomorrow. If the problem isnít corrected Iíll be back. 😊
I ended up with a 1/2Ē hole in my work table today. Thatís why I ended up joining this forum. Thank you again! I have at least two more projects in the near future that also need some work with a router and itís been years since I last used one.
Well welcome to the forum and sorry about the hole. Looks like a reminder for the future like many of us have in our shop. But now that you're here you may want to look around and see what else is likely to peak your interest. There are plenty of resourceful and skilled woodworkers here willing to share their knowledge and answer questions.
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