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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-04-2008, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
 
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I bought a Craftsman 1-3/4 HP Fixed Base Router before Christmas to use on a toybox project. While cutting the wheels I would release the clamp and feed the cutter down a few times to cut through the wood. By the time I was done I could not slide the router in the fixed base, it had galled up in 3 or 4 places. Is this a common problem? I know aluminum against aluminum will do this but even after filing off the burrs it still locks up every time I use it.

I will bring it back for a new one but is this going to happen all the time?

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I have the plunger version of that one and the 2 HP Combos that I haven't used yet but my 1 3/4 HP I have not had any trouble with at all. Definitely take it back. Bad ones occur in any brand so don't hesitate to return it Den.

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Hi rhodeguy

It's not a plunge router and it sounds like you are trying to use it like one ..the motor is made to be locked it place b/4 you flip the switch on.

The Fixed Base Router is not made to used like a plunge router so to say if you get it replace and you use the new one the same way I'm almost sure you will have the same error..

I'm sure they will replace it a time or two but that maybe it...


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I bought a Craftsman 1-3/4 HP Fixed Base Router before Christmas to use on a toybox project. While cutting the wheels I would release the clamp and feed the cutter down a few times to cut through the wood. By the time I was done I could not slide the router in the fixed base, it had galled up in 3 or 4 places. Is this a common problem? I know aluminum against aluminum will do this but even after filing off the burrs it still locks up every time I use it.

I will bring it back for a new one but is this going to happen all the time?

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Bj picked up on something I didn't here. Indeed if you are making depth adjustments and lowering the the motor unit while unclamped and running then I am sure that is the problem. The torque of the motor and opposing forces are what's causing the galling most likely. You can get that same router in a plunger model but I would take it back and get the 2 base model 2 HP model, then you can plunge and use the fixed base as it should and you will get an edge guide and dust chutes for both bases. My wife picked it up at Christmas for 109. Otherwise you can get the plunge version of the one you have for 69.00 and it's a great router as well.

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Thanks all for your input.
I agree with everyone that what I did was wrong and that trying to use it as a plunge router is why it galled up. I picked up the new one over the weekend so I will be careful to use it the right way.

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Hi rhodeguy,

As I've stated in a previous post, I'm not trying to push this particular sears model but, you may give it a look see. It may be something worth considering in the future for other needs.

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...inate+Trimmers

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Hi Ken,

There is a story behind the selection. Once in a while I do a project for the grandkids so I thought I would get the router and router table combo on sale for $79. When I told my daughter, she said she would get it for me for Christmas. Then the price dropped to $59 so that was the one.

If I was doing it over again and knowing what I know now, I would definitely get the one you talked about.

I even saw my model in a plunge base model so maybe they sell just the plunge base seperately.

Or maybe I'll just get the better one.

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You got a good one there and I have the plunge version of yours and the 2hp combo as well. You will like that router. Do consider picking up that 2 HP combo when it is on sale. They go as low as 89.00 several times a year on the Craftsman website so keep an eye out and watch here as well. You get a lot of stuff in that kit. In the mean time enjoy that new router and table Den!

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