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Hi everyone. I have a Craftsman portable router model #315-175110. The router works perfectly well, except that the depth adusting ring will not turn; this is a 1-3/4 HP variable speed router. Any suggestions for solving this problem will be greatly appreciated.
thank you - Doug
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HI Doug

That's a real down fall with the Craftsman router with the ring, I would suggest you blow it out well, the router dust fills the grove up with chips and dust most of the time, than move it one direction and than the other, once it's free a little bit blow it out again, it can take a bit of work to get it free,,DON't put any oil on it, should be just a dry fit..you can put a bit of water on it for a lube but blow it out well after it will not rust but the saw dust will make a mash...if you don't get it all out..

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Hello Doug! Welcome to the forum. I agree with BJ, Do not push it to hard, Gust work it. Plastic isn't to forgiving.

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Hey Doug,
Have a Craftsman 315 series 2 HP motor unit. My unit's depth adjustment froze up too. After hours of fussing with it, I decided to disassemble the entire unit(was off warrantee anyway). Removed the motor assembly, switch, brushes so all that was left was the body. Came apart easily & not complicated, just took care not to crimp or pull on the wiring.
Set the base in a padded vise & gently but firmly worked the unit until it started moving. I did use a silicon lube spray that dried quickly but left enough of a film to make the unit slide a little more easily. Like BJ & Dutchman suggested, blow it out thoroughly with an air hose. Again, wiped off any residue & it cycled it up & down a few times until it moved like new again. Did notice that the "stop" peg in the groove gets hung up easily & care should be taken to make sure it's aligned. Reassembled the unit, a total of ten screws, four in the motor, four in the cover & one each for the sleeves that hold the brushes. I'm more shocked than anybody that it works like a champ again but will use my 24 year old Black & Decker router with a base plate adaptor on my Craftsman router table. Just use this router for regular duties. Other than this problem, it has always done a great job for me.
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Hi everyone. I have a Craftsman portable router model #315-175110. The router works perfectly well, except that the depth adusting ring will not turn; this is a 1-3/4 HP variable speed router. Any suggestions for solving this problem will be greatly appreciated.
thank you - Doug
Just wanted to say thanks to everyone who answered my question. I still use my Skil plunge router for the larger jobs, but the smaller Craftsman is ideal for the smaller job ones.
Thanks again - Doug
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