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I bought a Craftsman router 320.17541 with a table awile back to get a project done. Raising and lower, other then just shoving up and done has never been great. I tightened the philips screw on the lock collar, that helped a little. Now when I start it up the bit drops down, every time.

I read on here to clean it out, which I did. Any other suggestions? I am self taught so I don't rule it is me, but it sure seems harder then it should be.

I have no mirror in the bathroom cause I got the idea I could replace the 70s plastic flower trim with some routed oak. I don't mind so much but gf is not happy.

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Ran to the hardware store to get some longer bolts for my Rigid combo router, to only realize after struggling for a few minutes, the base patterns were different.
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Raising and lower, other then just shoving up and done has never been great. I tightened the philips screw on the lock collar, that helped a little. Now when I start it up the bit drops down, every time.

I read on here to clean it out, which I did. Any other suggestions? I am self taught so I don't rule it is me, but it sure seems harder then it should be.

I have no mirror in the bathroom cause I got the idea I could replace the 70s plastic flower trim with some routed oak. I don't mind so much but gf is not happy.
Shoulda practice routing with scrap wood before you removed the trim.

Not sure I understand what the problem is. How about some more details? The bit drops, or the whole router? The Devil is always in the details. And shoving up and down?

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.....Call me a craftsman, artisan, or artistic, and I will accept that. Call me an artist and you will likely get a quite rude comment in return. I am not a @#$%ing artist.
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Having problems adjusting depth of router, not the bit. About the only I can do it is push the course adjustment knob in. The fine adjusting may turn once or twice after it engages then disengages.

The big problem is when you turn it on the router drops, even with the collar locked, so at the moment there really is no way to use it.
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Shoulda practice routing with scrap wood before you removed the trim.
I was just going to free hand it. But it was not going good getting the ends of the wood. I needed to remove it to get dimensions of the mirror
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Having problems adjusting depth of router, not the bit. About the only I can do it is push the course adjustment knob in. The fine adjusting may turn once or twice after it engages then disengages.

The big problem is when you turn it on the router drops, even with the collar locked, so at the moment there really is no way to use it.
I've got four or five old Craftsman (all probably ten years old or older) that I use. Apparently mine adjust different. If it was me, I'd just figure out the depth I wanted, then use Crazy Glue to hold it all in place - but you might not want to do that. If you get too fed up, you can send it along to me, and I will pay postage. Uh, that would be to keep, not figure out what is wrong and send it back.

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Here is the one I got. It looks simple. The knob for fine adjustment turns a gear that locks into the gear that turns the teeth on the router, to raise and lower. Need to figure out if the there is a way to get the gears closer to each other or tighter.


manualslib.com/manual/32774/Craftsman-320-17541.html?page=13#manual
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I had a similar problem with mine...for a long time. I finally bit the bullet and dissembled it, cleaned every moving part until it was like spanky new, then reassembled it. The rack and pinion on mine was apparently fouled up with residue because it worked perfectly after reassembly.
If that doesn't do the job for you then send it to Theo and treat yourself to a new modern router (my choice is Bosch, but mileage may vary...)
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