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I have a Craftsman Model 315, 2 Hp Router. It has a Depth Adjusting Ring that is stuck. I have tried to turn the Adjusting Ring but it will not move. It is stuck in the down position. I have tried everything to move it.

I have tried to lubricate it, lock the router in a vice and turn it, but nothing seems to work. I have taken off the depth lock lever but nothing seems to help in making the Adjusting Ring to move.

Are there any suggestions that anyone can offer?

Thanks much.
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Hi Russ and welcome. I've suggested a few times heating the ring gently so that it expands and I've been told it worked. I suggested using a heat gun on low power but one person said that his hair dryer on high also worked as he did not have a heat gun. If you do get it moving remove the motor and clean the corrosion from both the motor housing and the adjustment ring.

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If Charles' system doesn't work - and I believe it will - there's always dynamite.

Seems to me I had a similar problem with a Craftsman router maybe 30 years ago. IIRC I used a hammer and piece of wood to shock it loose. Probably not the best treatment, but it worked at the time.

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If Charles' system doesn't work - and I believe it will - there's always dynamite.

Seems to me I had a similar problem with a Craftsman router maybe 30 years ago. IIRC I used a hammer and piece of wood to shock it loose. Probably not the best treatment, but it worked at the time.

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I know a way,but not going to tell it, too risky for the router base. I have done it as a last resort and it worked for me.

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I know a way,but not going to tell it, too risky for the router base. I have done it as a last resort and it worked for me.

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Did it involve a sledgehammer and giant pipe wrench by any chance?
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Did it involve a sledgehammer and giant pipe wrench by any chance?
mixed gases and a bright flame...

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mixed gases and a bright flame...
Even better...probably quicker too.
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So far many good suggestions as to how to free up the Depth Adjustment ring. I think I will start with Charles suggestion of applying heat with a heat gun. If that doesn't work I will consider the hammer, miscellaneous gases, flames, and dynamite. But using any one of the alternative methods would require that I first check with my insurance company.

In all seriousness - thanks for the suggestions. I will attempt later this morning. I look forward to reporting back with good news.
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So far many good suggestions as to how to free up the Depth Adjustment ring. I think I will start with Charles suggestion of applying heat with a heat gun. If that doesn't work I will consider the hammer, miscellaneous gases, flames, and dynamite. But using any one of the alternative methods would require that I first check with my insurance company.

In all seriousness - thanks for the suggestions. I will attempt later this morning. I look forward to reporting back with good news.
That makes the most sense. Perhaps you shouldn't bother with the last three...might raise some red flags at your insurance company. You know how those guys get with stuff like that.
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