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I am new to the router and router table. I purchased this Freud router to go with my Kreg router table. I have read that the spring in the router causes changing the height to be challenging, and read that if I were to remove the spring, it would work much smoother. Has anyone done this? How did you do it? What were the results?

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Quite a few of the members have taken the springs out of their routers for dedicated table use.

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G'day all

I have a Triton router in my table and removed the spring as recommended by Triton, the adjustmet was then a little on the heavy side.

On reflection, I felt that if the compression spring were needed to c/balance the weight in the normal position, it should be replaced with a tension spring to c/balance it in the upside down position.

After a little experimenting that is what I have done. It has made a big difference to the feel of the plunge mechanism, much easier to adjust, both with the wheel and the fine aduster, and with much reduced loading on adjusting mechanism, should improve the wear rate.
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I am new to the router and router table. I purchased this Freud router to go with my Kreg router table. I have read that the spring in the router causes changing the height to be challenging, and read that if I were to remove the spring, it would work much smoother. Has anyone done this? How did you do it? What were the results?

Any other thoughts on this proposal?

Thanks in advance,

David
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I've got the 3000 in the table and I left the spring in. Not to bad to crank up and down but I suggest you pick up a 10mm internal hex socket and speed handle. Can also use a cordless drill if you want. The lead screw has a fairly fine thread, never bothered to figure it out, but it takes a lot of turns to go the full distance. I like the spring in as I feel it helps take any slop out of the system.
If you insist on removing it; look down inside the height adjusting knob on the top of the router. There is an internal hex screw, 4mm hex wrench I think. Remove that screw and the whole router with the guide tube and spring will lift up and out.

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Thank you all for your input and advice. John, this sounds like a find solution. Just wanting to make this process as simple as possible.

With gratitude,

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