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I have a craftsman router attached to a sears router table. Recently I have noticed, the shaft moving up and down about an 1/8 of an inch. Is this normal??
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This is not normal. Is the whole router moving up and down in the table, or the spindle itself? If it is the whole router, most likely something needs tightening. If it is the spindle, it sounds like a bearing went bad.

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Mike, thank you for your quick reply. the spindle is the culprit. I'm in the process of purchasing an new router. But, I'm wondering if this one is dangerous to use? I would like to use this router for small projects. What are your thoughts?? Thanks again. Paden
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I wouldn't want to use this router this way. It maybe possible to replace the bearings on that router, but I think you are going the best route with getting a new one.

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There are very few routing operations you can do with it doing that anyway. Normally the top end just slips into the bearing but sometimes the bottom end has a keeper plate to hold the bearing into its cup in the casing. Is there a keeper plate and is it tight? Otherwise the bearing is probably worn out.

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