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post #21 of 28 (permalink) Old 11-16-2018, 10:21 AM
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Originally Posted by alicej View Post
Thank you so much for your input. At least I now I know I have not missed something.

I will try your WD40 idea.
I would not use WD40 for will leave a film that will only collect even more sawdust, dirt, etc...

Instead, use a dry lubricant like Tri-Flow...a little dab is all you need...

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MAJOR EDIT...WOOPS...just noticed how old the post was made that I responded to...Please ignore...but dry lube is still the way to go...


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Originally Posted by Royshawkins View Post
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.
Roy the motor is not supposed to spin in the base. There is a pin sticking out of the base that lines up with a groove in the motor housing. This is there to prevent the motor from spinning when you turn the adjustment ring, otherwise nothing would happen when you do. You can imagine the setup as if it were a bolt with a nut on it sitting in the end of a pipe. As you turn the nut the head of the bolt will move up and down. Just like the bolt is just sitting in the end of the pipe, the router is just sitting in the base. Both are actually supported by the ring/nut. I hope that covers what I think is the problem.

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Nothing worse in woodworking than having a fickle tool. Can't count on it working when you need it. I suggest you do what most of us do, invest in a better quality tool. Around here, the top choice is a Bosch 1617evspk kit. Has both fixed and plunge base, 1/4 and 1/2 collets and works great in a table. About $220 on Amazon, occasionally on sale for $20 less. Also check CPO for a refurbished one, usually about $170, and good as new. Personally Craftsman tools make good door stops. They stopped producing quality tools a long time ago.

Welcome to the Forum, btw, this is a good place to ask about what tools to get. You'll get a wide array of responses from people who have used different brands and can help you make a good choice in line with what you can afford.

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Roy; Tom makes a good point. If you can get the craftsman up and running again, perhaps relegate it to a specific function where adjustments will be minimal. Roundover edging for example.
Buy a new router, more power, speed control, soft start, and use it for the 'heavy lifting'.
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Originally Posted by Royshawkins View Post
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.
Please help.

It's NOT dust or dirt inside. These are notorious for not being adjustable straight outta the box. The black plastic housing on the motor is a few thousandths too large & bind up too easily. The only solution is to 'turn down' the diameter of that motor housing w/ sandpaper. Long tedious process but does 'fix' the problem w/ these routers so they work like they should. A couple of hours & works like new or it 's supposed to.
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Download the manual for model Craftsman 315175100 router.
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AI? (Dexcraft I mean...)
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