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Angry I知 about ready to take a sledge to my router!!

This is happening way too many times and I知 about to smash this dang router to bits with a sledge.

Unfortunately it was just supposed to be a little quick little job only about a 12罵ong 3/8x3/8 cut. I spent a lot of time making sure it was tight but I think it dropped as soon as I turned it up side down. I felt a little extra pull right off but I figured it was because the bit was a little dull. Since it was supposed to be quick I went for it, then I saw it. Dang about $30 bucks worth of damage and about an 1-ス hour worth of work.

What is going on, is this just a crappy router or is it me. This is why I hate routing. I should have used my circular saw.

This must be the router from Hell.
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The wife told me to just go out and buy me the Bosch Colt for fathers day.
but I still need to decide the fate of this craftsman. it runs good and is a fairly powerful router. I just wish I could fix this problem.
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First off, how deep of cut are your trying to make? Second, if that bit was dull, you'd have burn marks all the way through, ie., from start to finish of cut. Multiple passes should be used. Has the bit changed to a blueish color? If so, it's trashed.

It looks to me like, your router isn't being held tight against that fence or straight edge you're using. How secure is your fence? Is it moving or "flexing?"

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First off, how deep of cut are your trying to make? Second, if that bit was dull, you'd have burn marks all the way through, ie., from start to finish of cut. Multiple passes should be used. Has the bit changed to a blueish color? If so, it's trashed.

It looks to me like, your router isn't being held tight against that fence or straight edge you're using. How secure is your fence? Is it moving or "flexing?"
I had it set for 3/8” deep. I had figured that it was coming loose in the collate on the previous times, so I really cranked it down and It definitely was not the collate.

The fence has nothing to do with it. It was fine and did what it was supposed to do. The problem is the base can’t be tightened down to keep the motor from sliding down. When I adjust it and tighten it down it seems alright, at least I can’t move it, but as soon as I start it up the motor drops like there isn’t any way to tighten it.
Last year I posted that this very router would not move at all so I used WD40 to get it to adjust, now it is the opposite problem.

Anyway I just got back from Home Dept with a new router and I’m trying to figure out what I’m going to do to fix the damage.

Oh and I did buy a new bit.

Additional Info: I just looked at the photo again and I see why you think there was a problem with the fence. The piece that I was working on was actually a セ” poplar rail that I was cutting a 3/8" rabbit in to inside edge. The bit was not supposed to drop all the way down into the plywood,

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There should be a screw/bolt & nut that holds the locking mechanism. Try replacing with a different screw/bolt or readjust it. I don't have this particular unit. I have an older 3hp+ pro craftsman and the newer 2 1/4 hp, both are combo units, plunge and fixed bases. Neither have that particular body style.

This is and has always been an issue with craftsmen routers. So, you aren't alone with this problem.

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There should be a screw/bolt & nut that holds the locking mechanism. Try replacing with a different screw/bolt or readjust it. I don't have this particular unit. I have an older 3hp+ pro craftsman and the newer 2 1/4 hp, both are combo units, plunge and fixed bases. Neither have that particular body style.

This is and has always been an issue with craftsmen routers. So, you aren't alone with this problem.
Thanks Ken for your help, I知 going look for the owner痴 manual tonight and see if there is anything on it or at least see if there is an exploded view of it.

I got say I知 not having much luck with routers today. I opened up my new router and discovered half the parts were missing, so I had to run back to Home Depot and get another one.
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Another problem that may be getting you! I do not use Any lubrication on the router , especially with adjustment. I would take it loose, and clean it from any lube. I would polish it all up and it should move OK. The router that You have is a good router, even some guys don't like it. I think that Sears just got a bad name, along the way!

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Another problem that may be getting you! I do not use Any lubrication on the router , especially with adjustment. I would take it loose, and clean it from any lube. I would polish it all up and it should move OK. The router that You have is a good router, even some guys don't like it. I think that Sears just got a bad name, along the way!
Hi Howard,

Craftsmen used to be of top quality products. Over the yrs, they'd have really good stuff then, it would drop off to really poor quality. Not necessarily the quality of material it's made from but, the quality of craftsmanship that made it. Even "design" flaws have shown up from time to time of late. For their routers, these past 5yrs or so, they've been good. You did bring up a good point about cleaning it though. This should be done ever so often regardless the amount of use.

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Hi Johnny

It sounds like you are not locking the motor in place once you have it adjusted, that black ring should lock it in place..if it's not locked in it will move down. if you can't get it to lock, slip on a big hose clamp or some duck tape will hold it place..but now that you have a new router you may want to get the manual out tonight and read the book.


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This is happening way too many times and I’m about to smash this dang router to bits with a sledge.

Unfortunately it was just supposed to be a little quick little job only about a 12”long 3/8x3/8” cut. I spent a lot of time making sure it was tight but I think it dropped as soon as I turned it up side down. I felt a little extra pull right off but I figured it was because the bit was a little dull. Since it was supposed to be quick I went for it, then I saw it. Dang about $30 bucks worth of damage and about an 1-ス hour worth of work.

What is going on, is this just a crappy router or is it me. This is why I hate routing. I should have used my circular saw.

This must be the router from Hell.



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It sounds like you are not locking the motor in place once you have it adjusted, that black ring should lock it in place..if it's not locked in it will move down. if you can't get it to lock, slip on a big hose clamp or some duck tape will hold it place..but now that you have a new router you may want to get the manual out tonight and read the book.


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Actually I don稚 think I ever figured out how the ring is supposed to work. I just turn the leaver to the 登pen lock direction and turn the black ring until I get the depth I need. Then I turn the leaver back the 田losed lock position. The reason I doubt myself is that sometimes I cannot turn the black ring at all in any position. The time I mentioned using WD40 I had to use a giant adjustable pliers to get it to turn.

Here is the previous thread when I was having problems.
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