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Does anyone know the thread size of the thumbscrews on the router base that hold the guide rods in place ? I have an after market guide but I need thumbscrews to secure it. Thanks
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I'd take it to a hardware store and check fit of what they have.

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I see that some of the screws listed for the router are metric so those thumbscrews are almost guaranteed to be metric too.
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Yes they are commonly found metric threads. I made an aftermarket edge guide for mine. I purchased allen set screws, with a bronze tip insert from McMaster Carr.

I can't get to my base at the moment. It is in storage due to me moving. I was not able to locate thumb screws. I was more concerned with marring the "drill rod"
guide rods, also bought from McMaster Carr. They are sold in pacs of 5. I remember taking mine to a hardware store to find the pitch of the threads, as mentioned by Theo above.

Im sorry that I can't remember the size to give you.


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A good reason to go metric? Measure the diameter of the screw [in mm], put a letter "M" in front of it and that'll be the size thumb-screw thread you need.
6mm thread = M6 etc.
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Home Depot up here carries an assortment of metric bolts, at least out west here they do. Canadian Tire out here does too. You could try some bolts first while you look for the thumbscrews. The thread size for my DW611 turned out to be 6mm. I can't remember the pitch offhand.

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Thanks for everyone's help and input. I will begin my search and report back after success.
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I've found that Lowes has a wider selection of exotic and metric items than HD.

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I contacted Bosch directly and they answered my question. The correct machine screw for this application is M5x.80. Thanks for everyone's input.
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