A built a bunch of MDF raised panel doors over the weekend. All of the routing was done using a table-mounted Triton TRA001. A had a shop vac connected to the outlet port of the fence. In spite of this, dust was flying everywhere. And yes, I was wearing a very effective dust mask.
At some stage during the process, the above-table adjustment of the Triton stopped working. I took the router out of the table, and tried to adjust the height by turning the handle while depressing the lock ring. No result, the height adjustment simply did not work. My suspicion is that the clutch mechanism has failed, and that the router is now permanently in the free plunge mode. I tried depressing and releasing the plunge mode selector several times, with no effect. Since I had to finish the project over the weekend, I simply adjusted the height by hand, and used the plunge lock lever to lock the router in position.
My first suspicion was that the clutch mechanism had been clogged up with dust. Last night I took the router out of the table and cleaned it up, using the shop vac and compressed air. A lot (and really, a lot!) of dust was removed. But the problem remains, the router is stuck in free plunge mode.
Is there anybody on the forum who had the same experience with this router?
How do I fix it?
It seems quite an intricate procedure to open the router up in order to get to the clutch mechanism: is this recommended?
Thanks for your input!