Freud Edge Guide Mystery
I recently purchased a Freud 1700VCE V3 router, and a couple days days ago I purchased the edge guide for it. (mod.1710). I assembled the edge guide and inserted the rods through the corresponding holes on the base of the router, then pushed the "quick lock" lever to lock the guide in place, but it didn't lock. After inspecting the locking mechanism, I'm baffled as to how this locking system is supposed to lock anything, and I'll attempt to explain the system in hopes someone smarter than me can tell me what the heck is going on!
The locking lever (LL) consists of a lever on the top of a sort of boss over one of the holes on the base through which one of the guide rods passes through. It is hollowed in the center most of the way through, but there is a 1/4" or so section that is not hollowed through which a tapped hole passes. A screw passes through this hole, and attaches to a round steel insert which passes vertically through the base, and looks like it is meant to just slightly bisect the hole which the guide rod passes through. this insert is not a smooth, round insert. It has various small diameter changes and 45 degree angles turned in it, but no kind of concentric type edge or "hump" on it which would increase pressure on the guide rod as it is turned. If you look through the horizontal hole on the base through which one of the edge guide rods passes, you can see the insert rotating, (because the vertical hole does slightly intersect the horizontal rod hole) but that is all is does. Rotate. There is no type of friction created which would lock the edge guide rod in place. It doesn't even contact the edge guide rod. I thought perhaps if the insert were to be pushed or pulled up or down maybe one of those 45 degree shoulders on the insert might bind the rod or something, but there is no vertical movement, only circular movement. I'm baffled, and as far as I can see this seems to me to be a manufacturing defect which I find hard to believe, but I don't see any other answer. I'm going to try and attach some pictures to make this all a little more clear, but I'm no computer guy and that may or may not happen. If anyone could help me out I'd REALLY, REALLY appreciate it. Thanks!