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Thumbs down I keep breaking my PC 890 lock leaver

This happened a few years ago and I completely forgot about it. Anyway there is a 3/16Ē hex head on the bottom of the Leaver assembly that appears to be for unlocking the base to raise it in a table. I thought I would give it a try, but I could not budge it. So I grabbed some pliers and gave it a little more torque when I heard it break.

Of course I immediately remembered doing this once before and I also remembered buying two new leavers at the time in case it happened again. Well now Iím questioning what the heck is this hex head for if itís going to break every time I use it.

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The two hex heads are for above the table adjustment of the router motor. You drill two holes in your router plate and can flip the lock open and then adjust the height rack.

I don't know which one you are breaking, but the flip lever should always be operated first, before trying to raise or lower the motor.

I really never use mine from above, it's just as easy for me to bend down and make adjustments because I need to sight the height of the bit anyway.

In 10+ years I have never broken one of the lever arms on my 3 PC 890s. You can adjust the tightness of the cam clamp if it is that hard to open.

Check out this video at the 24 second mark.

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Thanks Doug, I already know all that and drilled the holes a few years ago when the first lever broke. The problem is that when I adjust the Lever tension screw so that I can operate it from above, the motor falls out of the base. When I tighten the tension so that the motor doesnít fall out then I canít open it from above.

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You also have to think of the strength, how solid it is and how much load it can bear.
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On the PC7518, it's a bolt, not a lever and I absolutely hated it so I replaced it with a Rockler cam lever. Worked pretty well, you might look to use that instead of the mongrel metal lever they have. It does stick out a bit but never bothered me.

some people suggested looking at bicycle seat clamps but I never got around to it. Worth checking there.
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Don't use a drill motor to make a power lift out of it.

I did and stripped out the adjustment screw on my new Bosch.

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