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I have a Craftsman 315.17370. The threaded plastic end of the Control Cable (part #: 2-606580-01) broke where it enters the motor housing.

Does anyone know where I can find a replacement part or have any ideas as to how I can try to fix it? It's a workhorse and everything else on it is pretty much bullet proof.

I appreciate the help! --Brian
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I looked here (https://www.ereplacementparts.com/cr...26_170863.html) for the part but nothing looked like it and no diagram. I'm not sure what it does. There are very few critical parts for old Sears routers. The 315. means it was made by Ryobi but that probably won't help.

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Geez, bgreenen, looks like your dog's been chewing on it!
Seriously though, welcome; and on your question, perhaps time to replace the router. You're going to be spending time and money trying to resuscitate a tool whose had it's day. In the meantime you're without the router.
Personally I'd have already decided on my new router. The old Craftsman would be in the recycling bin.

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The old router could be used as a door stop or boat anchor. Your dilemma is typical of Sears/Craftsman products. Yep, time to buy a new router as the old one has served its time.

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If it has been reliable and still in good working order I'd look under Ryobi and see if they have a replacement cable. It may be worth looking for another that could be used for parts. Some tools have been workhorses and are extremely hard to part with, I get that so going the extra mile to make sure there are no replacement parts is just worth it. If you have no luck now I'd still put it aside even if you replace with a new model and keep an eye out just in case a used one comes up.

And welcome to the forum Brian. Hopefully there will some other responses later that may prove helpful or at least get you some additional information.
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Welcome to the Router Forums.

here is another discussion of the same cable https://www.routerforums.com/general...rt-needed.html

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Try searpartsdirect. I put in your model and it showed up but that doesn’t guarantee they’ll have the part.
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Welcome to the forum.

One option would be to hardwire the router to run when power is applied, then mount this onto a router table w/ it's own front panel power switch, like shown in my router table topic. (Note, not possible for me to post a link until my post count exceeds 10, but it is in the Table-Mounted Routing forum.)

Another option is to contact a custom cable fabrication company. They make parts to-order, w/ specific ends and length that would work as a replacement for your application. The cost will be high, but those costs might be defrayed to have multiple copies fabricated, then sell those as replacement parts on-line for users in the same boat.
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One thing to remember before spending money repairing a Sears router is that it will only be worth about $20 even if it runs. And if you need a collet for it there probably isn't one available anywhere. We probably get a dozen people a year looking for them and they have exhausted every other possibility already in many cases.

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