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I'm working on a project that would benefit immensely from the depth setting mechanism off a quality plunge router. The DeWalt DW621 has a very good mechanism (see photo). I'm less familiar with other models but imagine they would also work. My question is whether perhaps one of you has a no longer serviceable plunge router that has a decent depth setting/depth stop mechanism you'd be willing to sell me? I'd appreciate it very much.

I did not find any rules prohibiting this kind of question, but I am fairly new here so please point out any errors I may inadvertently have made.

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Have you tried ordering from DeWalt?

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Hi Reuben,
You have not filled in your profile as to what tools you have available.
For a once-off application a depth stop like this is quite easy to make. Just a piece of wood and different lenghts of wood screws works well.

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Have you tried ordering from DeWalt?

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Ereplacementparts and their ilk sell individual parts, though not subassemblies like I'm looking for. Those add up quickly to well more than a trashed DW621 from a pawnshop on ebay [edit: I looked it up: $159.55 for the necessary bits from DeWalt] so I haven't really considered that route. Patience + ebay seemed more promising. But I also don't need the whole router and the shipping that would accompany that...

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You have not filled in your profile as to what tools you have available.
Thanks. I guess I didn't realize that was a function/feature here. I'll have to look into that.

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For a once-off application a depth stop like this is quite easy to make. Just a piece of wood and different lenghts of wood screws works well.
Hm. Can you say a bit more?
I guess the rack-and-pinion adjustment is what I have grown fond of; the ability to quickly/easily find the reference (top of piece of wood), and then back off by a precise amount using that knob with the scale printed around its circumference, and lock the depth stop. I'm sure this can be accomplished with wood and screws, but can you elaborate? How would you approach this? And are we talking about a comparable level of precision as, say, offered by the 621?

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I'm equally interested in learning the make and model of other routers that offer decent depth stop functionality, either that you might have no use for, or so I could expand my craigslist/ebay search for a trashed exemplar.
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Let me ask the question a bit differently.

Which plunge routers besides the DeWalt DW621 feature a rack and pinion depth stop adjustment mechanism?
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Hi Reuben, I am guessing from your questions and answers that the " rack and pinion depth stop adjustment mechanism"...is not for a router, but for some other gadget that your are making?

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I'm working on a project that would benefit immensely from the depth setting mechanism off a quality plunge router.
I don't understand what you are talking about. Are you working with a router that has broken parts or something else. Your posts are confusing to me.

I don't even look at the scale on the plunge routers. When I need to set the stop, I use a set up block or a drill bit of the appropriate size to accurately set the plunge depth.

The Bosch 1617 has 9 or more steps that are 1/8th inch increments I believe.
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Hi Reuben, I am guessing from your questions and answers that the " rack and pinion depth stop adjustment mechanism"...is not for a router, but for some other gadget that your are making?
Yes. Correct. The gadget that I am making is based off a Bryco/Shopsmith overarm router. The plunge depth stop on that is very crude. I'd like to improve it by cannibalizing a router that uses a (much) better mechanism.

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Very helpful. Thank you very much.
Are you saying all Milwaukee and Elu plunge routers (perhaps they only sell one model), or are there particular models that have this?

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I don't understand what you are talking about. Are you working with a router that has broken parts or something else. Your posts are confusing to me.

I don't even look at the scale on the plunge routers. When I need to set the stop, I use a set up block or a drill bit of the appropriate size to accurately set the plunge depth.

The Bosch 1617 has 9 or more steps that are 1/8th inch increments I believe.
I'm sorry you found my posts confusing. I just went back and reread them and am not sure why you are confused. To rephrase/restate.

Statement: I am working on a project that would benefit from the depth stop mechanism off a plunge router. None of my routers are in bad enough shape to cannibalize.

My first question: Does anyone here have parts from a no longer functional router that might work for this and they'd be willing to sell me?

My second question: Alternatively, do folks know of other routers besides the DW621 that feature a rack and pinion depth stop? (answered by Quillman)

I appreciate that you have a simpler way of setting the depth on your plunge router, and am always up for learning new/old tricks.

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