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This is the only problem I've had with this machine, and it's a realtively minor one. But if it can be fixed, I'd really like it to be so.

When mounted in my table, the fine-adjustment knob will work with gravity just fine and lower the bit. However, it will not work against gravity one bit. I have to hit the release button, make it go past where I want it to be, then adjust back down. Not a terrible ordeal, until you let the motor drop down and it breaks your centering pin in the process.

I'm going to fine-clean the gears and ladder with a brush, but wanted to know if there was anything else to look for. If I can't fix it, then I'm going to take it back in for exchange the next time it goes on sale (at least enough to recoup my warranty cost).
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Hi Chris

Some of them have a light duty spring and should be replace with a hvy.duty one , that you can pick up from ACE hardware for 20 cents..

Take the light duty one with you to the hardware store and match it up, but made out of hvy.wire (bigger gauge).. (it's about 1/4" OD and about 5/8" long) you will see once you open the door to the fine adjustment gears..it's easy job.

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This is the only problem I've had with this machine, and it's a realtively minor one. But if it can be fixed, I'd really like it to be so.

When mounted in my table, the fine-adjustment knob will work with gravity just fine and lower the bit. However, it will not work against gravity one bit. I have to hit the release button, make it go past where I want it to be, then adjust back down. Not a terrible ordeal, until you let the motor drop down and it breaks your centering pin in the process.

I'm going to fine-clean the gears and ladder with a brush, but wanted to know if there was anything else to look for. If I can't fix it, then I'm going to take it back in for exchange the next time it goes on sale (at least enough to recoup my warranty cost).



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Ahh, so that's what you were referring to. I'll take a look at it this weekend, thanks.
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Don't know if you've noticed this or not, but of you open the release lever too far, it tends to bind itself against the motor, and the adjuster won't work.
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Yeah, I had noticed that. But in this case, it's not the problem. Works brilliantly down, not up. I'll see about getting a new spring this weekend. Wouldn't happen to have a part number, Bob?
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Hi Chris

I could post the stock one from Sears but it's not the one you want to use, I'm almost sure it will be just like the one you now have and that's what you don't want, it's takes a peek, look and see thing, I'm sure ACE hardware has a part number for the ones in the rack tray but you know how that would be.
You may need to cut off a coil or two to get the right size.

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Gotcha. It's more of a case where if you had one, I could pick one up on the way home versus doing it at some other point where I had more time.
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Hi Chris

If you have real good eyes and very good hands and can put in some SMALL washers behind the spring to increase the presser of the sping, it's tricky and takes 3 of them...to get the job done.. (watch repair job thing)

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