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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-04-2016, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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I have had this router for a few years, and it has always been a PITA to use because the lever that clamps the height adjustment in place pops open during use. I have tried several times to tighten, then loosen the adjustment nut on the lever, to no avail. I had pretty much developed the habit of holding the end of the lever with my fingertips while routing. But today, I just got tired of that, and decided to either fix it or make it worse. If I couldn't fix it, I was prepared to buy a new one.

I had never before really examined the lever with the idea of trying to find the flaw in the design, but the flaw was easy to see. The portion of the lever that presses on the flat washer, that in turn presses on the housing, to pull it tight around the motor, was too thick to allow the lever to go over center, which would hold it in place.

A slight adjustment with a file and the lever now snaps into place and stays there.

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And the latch on the back side:



I didn't take a pic of the lever before I filed it, but you can see from the depth of the notch how much metal I removed:




And assembled back together:



I have no idea how popular this router is, so I may not help many people with this info. But this may apply to other brands as well.

So, I repaired my way out of getting a new router.
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nice solution...

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If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Nice catch John.

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Nice modification, John. Reminds me of how I fixed some cheap vice-grip style C-clamps, many years ago. They had a similar problem - didn't lock reliably. I had to grind a little off the 'hump' on the release lever. Then they worked fine.
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Even though you fixed it you still don't need a new router? You are not allowed to talk to my wife. Seriously, good job. You looked at the problem, figured out what was wrong, and fixed it. Ryobi, the company that made your router, should have been able to figure that out before you had to though.

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If it works, it's good. Way to go.
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Even though you fixed it you still don't need a new router? You are not allowed to talk to my wife.

I thought since I only admitted it here, the secret would be safe. BTW, I did recently get a new router, a Dewalt 611 fixed/plunge kit. But that was because I wanted a smaller one, not to replace the Craftsman.

Seriously, good job. You looked at the problem, figured out what was wrong, and fixed it. Ryobi, the company that made your router, should have been able to figure that out before you had to though.
After I posted, just out of curiosity if the lever was still available, I checked the Sears parts site. The lever is available, but the original # has been substituted, so maybe they changed the design.
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John,

Never make a modification to your router without having a backup! Buy the backup router then do the modification that way you have 2 routers that work.

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