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Many of the Craftsman will jam,,blow out the ring it may have saw dust in it,if it will not turn spray some WD40 on the ring and threads, let it set for a min.than try,if it's still stuck rap a rag around the ring and use a big pair of channel locks on it, go one way and than the other don't be king kong with it they do break...


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I like your advice with one caveat - I'd try a rubber strap wrench first, see if it has enough friction to turn it and it won't damage anything.

Should set you back about $8 for a two piece set at Harbor Freight.
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I have one of those routers and its been sitting unused for years. The ring keeps plugging up with sawdust and eventially you can't raise or lower it. I've tried blowing it out with air and every kind of spray lub you can find. I've taken it apart and cleaned it and the last time it jammed up I couldn't get apart without a hammer. Needless to say I gave up and bought another router. This was the tool that formed my opinion of craftsman power tools, the only craftsman tools I've bought since then is a cordless drill. They are my last choice when buying power tools.
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Hi Chris

That would work great but most don't have one on hand but I will say I did make my own out of a old auto timing belt, I use in on the round oil filters and the water filter under the sink in the kitchen..

But she could pickup one at just about any auto parts store cheap it may be worth the price to get it free.. they do like to jam all the time just like some of the PC routers with that same adjustment ring setup

But she can pull a fan belt off the wall ,rap it will some tape for handle and use it for the job.

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I've had this same problem from the day I bought it. It came with a free router table. I took it back to the store and like magic it worked okay for the manager. I've WD'd it and it doesn't help and the WD ruined my clothes while I was wrestling with it. I've been using a fairly large strap wrench to turn it --- I googled <315.175100 problem> and landed here. The problem with using a large strap wrench is making a small, fine adjustment is almost impossible. I think that the plastic on plastic threads bind and drag round and round and any dust makes it worse. I would like to try some other kind of lube. QUESTION: how do you take it apart without ruining it?
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I have an old Craftsman router, model 315-17492, and have never had any problem with the adjusment ring freezinging up. Both the ring and the body are plastic. I've only used this a few times mounted in a table but it never seemed to cause any problems. I also keep my tools pretty clean (my router is much cleaner than the picture I found below).

I really like this router. It never seemed to bog down for the light cuts I've used it for and it's good in my hands. Height adjustment works okay. It uses a bolt with a large wingnut-like nut to lock it but it works good.
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I have read every post about this router. Took me awhile but I got it apart using the rubber straps.(great tools). Cleaning it does not help. WD40 does not help. Grease does not help. Wax does not help. It is not gunked up. Clean as a whistle. Any one got this router that has/had this problem and resolved it.
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Hi Roy and welcome. Don't use any one of the products you listed. You want to use a dry lube on it, one without silicone. Once freed most have had it work okay again. Try heating the adjustment ring up before spinning it. The heat will stretch it and loosen the fit. That is how everyone in the last few years managed to free it first. I know it's fairly obvious but I have to cover it and that is the lock nut loosened off? Does the base spread when you do loosen it? You can try wedging a thick screwdriver between the clamp ears and see if that helps. The motor should slide out of the base with the ring when you do this.
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Yes, I have it apart... Totally apart. The black part ant the metal/plastic base. No motor. Just the black part with threads and the base.
These two will not turn together. It is like the black threaded part is a tiny bit larger than it needs to be. I am going to try some graphite next.
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Thanks for your help
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