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I picked up a Craftsman 315.175040 router from a yardsale. It works fine, but the depth indicator ring and the depth adjustment ring seem to be stuck together and only move as one unit.

I'm trying to set the router to zero-depth, and moved the bit below the sub-base and then out slowly to just touch the surface of the wood. The indicator ring reads 1 3/8 but I cannot get it to move to zero in order to "re-set" the indicator. Is there a lubricant I can use to "free" up the indicator ring, or do I have to live with this and re-calculate the "true" setting each time....?

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I picked up a Craftsman 315.175040 router from a yardsale. It works fine, but the depth indicator ring and the depth adjustment ring seem to be stuck together and only move as one unit.

I'm trying to set the router to zero-depth, and moved the bit below the sub-base and then out slowly to just touch the surface of the wood. The indicator ring reads 1 3/8 but I cannot get it to move to zero in order to "re-set" the indicator. Is there a lubricant I can use to "free" up the indicator ring, or do I have to live with this and re-calculate the "true" setting each time....?

Thanks......Grampy
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I've got one of those old Craftsman routers that adjusts like that, you have my sympathies.
Here's a parts explode of it:
http://www.searspartsdirect.com/part...dMod=315175040

What has likely happened is you have a buildup of dirt/sawdust/crud between items 4 and 5. Any lubricants are just likely to attract more of the same. You can try flushing the area with automotive brake cleaner. Check the can and make sure it is OK for plastics. Between alternately soaking and working I was able to get mine to move but not as easily as it should. When I finally got it working semi-acceptably, I soaked the area with graphite dry lube spray. Height adjustment on mine is a certifiable PIA as once I finally do get it where I want it, tightening the lock causes it to shift. I seldom use it anymore, it's been relagated to a dovetail jig. Hey, it was either that or door stop, not big enough for an anchor.

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Grampy, you are better off not using the attached scale for setting depths. Plunge routers work well with brass set up blocks but a fixed base router like yours can be adjusted quick and accurate with a router depth gauge like the one shown here: Router Depth Gauge - Rockler Woodworking Tools

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Hello Grampy! Welcome. Does this model have the adjustment that moves around the router? Do You see the plastic threads that are on the router? I would try to blow the dust out of the router carefully. With working the router ring forward, and backard easily, blow the dust and whatever away as best as possibal. I am hoping that a little sawdust comes out a little bit at a time. This style is very bad for catching the sawdust, and router dust in those rings. I use s piece of coated wire, (smaller guage) to pick it out. I do mine every once in a while, or when ever I make a bunch of sawdust. It is cheaper to try this, if You have some time.! Do not use any solvent, or oil type fluids, as this only makes the sawdust stick much more

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Hi Grampy

That's the big down fall with the OLD type of Craftsman routers many have them and wish they didn't,, it's great to get one from a garage sale at a great price BUT if you want to use the router ,get one of the new combo sets and you will be a happy router user..OR you can play with it and get it working again but it will jam again and again and always when you need to move.

Just put the old one on eBay and get your money back on it and pass the headache on to someone else.

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