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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-31-2011, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
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Hi. I was wondering if any other member has experienced the problem I have found with my new Freud FT1700 fixed base router. Having raised the collet nut as high as it will go I used the shaft locking lever and it worked o.k. When I tried to use the above table handle, the locking lever turned so far but did not push the locking pin into the locking hole in the shaft. The handle then just rotated. I did not use undue force on the handle. Oldrusty
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Hi. I was wondering if any other member has experienced the problem I have found with my new Freud FT1700 fixed base router. Having raised the collet nut as high as it will go I used the shaft locking lever and it worked o.k. When I tried to use the above table handle, the locking lever turned so far but did not push the locking pin into the locking hole in the shaft. The handle then just rotated. I did not use undue force on the handle. Oldrusty
Hi Rusty - I have to go down to the shop to look at mine and try to figure out what's goin on there. Just to handle a possible "duuhhh", which I know about cause I've done it, you sure your on the right screw? I've tried raising mine with the lock screw and took a minute to figure out why it only turned a quarter turn.

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Hi John. Thanks for your reply. Its not that I am trying to raise the shaft. I figured that out. I am trying to lock the shaft and I realize there are three places the handle will fit so am using the right one. I can see the locking lever trying to move and likewise when I rotate the locking lever I can see the handle rotate. I suppose I could reach under the table and lock the shaft manually but what a pain considering it's a new tool. I'm in Canada so hate to send it back if it's something simple. Thanks, oldrusty
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Hi John. Thanks for your reply. Its not that I am trying to raise the shaft. I figured that out. I am trying to lock the shaft and I realize there are three places the handle will fit so am using the right one. I can see the locking lever trying to move and likewise when I rotate the locking lever I can see the handle rotate. I suppose I could reach under the table and lock the shaft manually but what a pain considering it's a new tool. I'm in Canada so hate to send it back if it's something simple. Thanks, oldrusty
Hi Rusty - On mine the handle and the lock tab are one piece. I can't see just how it's attached to the hex thingy. Actually, I have two 1700's. The one I have installed in the table just has a fixed cone that automatically engages when the base gets raised(lowered) far enough to expose the collet nut. The other has a lever actuator as you describe. I suspect the lever is a later design, very easy to raise the router in the table far enough to engage the lock without the operator being aware of it. Power on then results in damage to the router.
May be just a roll pin in there that has sheared or slipped out. Try removing the from the table and plate to see if you can observe what's going on in there.

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Hi John. I can't see a roll pin ( which incidentally would be a great idea ) through the part that pushes the locking rod into the shaft. I can only think there could be a spline that's stripped. Why they would machine a spline in pot metal I can't understand, anyway it should not have stripped after two actions. I can take the base to a recommended repair shop under warranty but the mechanism looks so simple, for my own satisfaction I would like to figure out what is wrong before I do so. Oldrusty
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Hi John. I can't see a roll pin ( which incidentally would be a great idea ) through the part that pushes the locking rod into the shaft. I can only think there could be a spline that's stripped. Why they would machine a spline in pot metal I can't understand, anyway it should not have stripped after two actions. I can take the base to a recommended repair shop under warranty but the mechanism looks so simple, for my own satisfaction I would like to figure out what is wrong before I do so. Oldrusty
Hi Rusty - just went down and pulled the plate of mine, can't see squat from there. Pry the plastic cap off the center of the lever and there is a cap screw.
Just read back through the thread though. Can you get the lever to rotate, either with the tool or by hand. If you can then the problem is with the locking mechanism. Either the pin is broken, you're not getting the locking mechanism aligned with the lever assembly or the armature hasn't rotated around far enough for the pin and hole to line up. The pin is spring loaded so the lever can be turned to the lock position irregardless of where the armature is, the pin engages when the hole in the armature shaft rotates around aligns up.
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Hi John. Great photo. I did what you suggested and I can see the small allen screw head. I can also see it rotate when I turn the tool but it does not take the lever with it. The lever operates perfectly by hand I don't have the right allen wrench to tighten the screw. To be honest I can't see how that small screw can put enough pressure on the lever to stop slippage when using the tool. I'll give it a try tomorrow. Oldrusty
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Hi John. Great photo. I did what you suggested and I can see the small allen screw head. I can also see it rotate when I turn the tool but it does not take the lever with it. The lever operates perfectly by hand I don't have the right allen wrench to tighten the screw. To be honest I can't see how that small screw can put enough pressure on the lever to stop slippage when using the tool. I'll give it a try tomorrow. Oldrusty
Hi Rusty - that's a 3mm hex key. I started to take mine apart but that little screw was in so tight I was afraid of snapping it so I quit. They may have used some loctite or something on mine.

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Hi John. You were spot on with your explanation. I too was scared to put force in that small allen screw so I broke down and took the base to the closest accredited repair shop. It seems that it was simply lack of lubricant, works perfectly now. I do hope we can keep in touch in the future because on my part I'm sure there will be lots you can help me with. Thanks again for your expert help. Oldrusty
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Hi John. You were spot on with your explanation. I too was scared to put force in that small allen screw so I broke down and took the base to the closest accredited repair shop. It seems that it was simply lack of lubricant, works perfectly now. I do hope we can keep in touch in the future because on my part I'm sure there will be lots you can help me with. Thanks again for your expert help. Oldrusty
Hi Rusty - Glad I could help,, that's what we're all here for. I've gotten tons of help and information from this site and just happy to be able to contribute occasionally.

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