*WARNING* I'm TICKED!!! This is a rant... I'm warning everyone ahead of time. If you have answers, I'll take them, and the router with thank you, because it's on it's way to the wood chipper! (What's left of it after I run it over with my 4x4, that is) Make sure you put the 4x4 in granny low so you go over it nice and slow...
Okay My router purchasing privileges are herby REVOLKED!!!!!! I'm so mad right now, I'm about to take a sledge to this router that I thought was gonna be the (forgive my language) "Cat's @$$". OMG WAS I WRONG! I want to like this machine! It feels amazing when cutting my patterns with it! But this thing and it's so-called lock on the plunge JUST DESTROYED AN HOURS WORTH OF WORK IN ONE FELL SWOOP BECAUSE THE LOCK LET GO, GOUGING THE EDGE TO WHERE IT'S NOW IRREPARABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!
First, I swear Makita made this thing for a left-handed person. Everything is for a lefty. I wouldn't complain, both my parents were lefty's. I know how to adapt. Yes...it will take a bit of adapting as it will be different than the router you were using.
But when I try and use the wrench to loosen the nut, I've almost hit myself in the face trying to get the thing loosened! The wrench won't grip right, and it takes multiple tries just to get it latched on to turn the nut. What do you mean by this...? Is the wrench a little tight or do you have to constantly turn it over because of the little room to get it in...?
When it DOES finally loosen, I have to tap on the bit stem, or it's not coming out of the machine. This might occur when the bit is pushed in all the way down when you insert it. Is it possible you're doing this...? Make sure you put the bit all the way in and then just back it out about 1/16 - 1/8". Generally, collets will suck the bit down some more but if it was already all the way down it will jam when you loosen it to remove the bit. This may or may not be the case but you could check.
The power button.... meant, again, for a left-handed person. But I can get around that... takes time to get used to a new machine. What I CAN'T deal with, is the fact that to use the lock on the plunge, you have to get it where you want it and use TWO HANDS to get it to tighten hard enough to lock in the position! (That, too, is meant for the left-handed person.) Wouldn't be a big deal, except that with this machine, it stays mobile, and the lever works the exact opposite of the DeWalt. I thought this would be no big deal; use the thumb, press down on the lever, and it will lock in place... Uhhhh NO! In order for me to get that lock to work, it takes both hands to get it to add enough pressure to keep it in place. You might need to check the lever as Cherryville suggested. Some routers allow you to take the lever off, turn it slightly in the opposite direction that you would lock it, put it back on and then the lever will allow you some additional holding power. Again, let us know the model and can get you more specific info on this...
DESTROYED my sign in one fell cut!!!! I'm so mad, my eyes hurt!!!!
Nick, my friend... now what do I do? Is there something I'm missing?? I swear I'm about to run this thing over with my 4x4 and take what's left and through it through a chipper!!!!!!!!
I know... "Breathe, Barb, Breathe
....." But I'll post what it did to my sign.... You wouldn't be happy, either (I don't think). You are very passionate about your signs and I can only imagine what you might be feeling. I would suggest "playing" with the router on some junk wood to get used to the different feel. Doing this might bring out some other issues that you will find on junk wood instead of project wood.
Thank you for reading my rant, and like I said... I'll take any answers you may have. With this rant, I at least finally feel like I can go out to the she without setting something on fire, or destroying that whole shop.