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I stumbled on this forum looking for a fix for my craftsman router model # 315.175100. I used to use it allot then it sat for awhile and i tried to use it the other day and it will not adjust up or down. It is very hard to turn the rubber adjuster ring. Anyone have or had the same problem?
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Hi Darryl. Welcome to our little corner of the 'net.

I would start by taking the motor out of the base and giving both the base and motor a good cleaning, including blowing any sawdust from the inside of the motor. These routers have been known to get jammed up with sawdust.

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Thanks for the fast response BrianS. I did some searching on my own and it seems like this is a very common problem for this model router. For anyone else with this problem i found another link on this site just search the model number and it will come up. I hope it helps because i haven't tried any of these methods to get it to turn as yet.
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You're welcome Darryl, glad to help. I just did a search on here as well and found the other thread you mentioned. I've never had to resort to WD-40 for mine, but I would try it if simple cleaning doesn't work. A lot of people knock these older Craftsman routers, but they are a good basic router. Certainly, there are a lot of better ones available today, but I will keep using mine until something breaks on it.

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darryl, i don't know how to fix your problem, but your login got my attention.

i had a 1995 mustang gt convertible with a 5.0 for 15 years; i loved that car. i recently sold it because my new convertible is a 1967 fairlane gta

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Tearing them apart and giving them a good cleaning, will make them like new again.

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I stumbled on this forum looking for a fix for my craftsman router model # 315.175100. I used to use it allot then it sat for awhile and i tried to use it the other day and it will not adjust up or down. It is very hard to turn the rubber adjuster ring. Anyone have or had the same problem?
The adjustment sleeve is probably out too far and is jammed. Possible saw dust too. Remove black measuring ring by using screw driver to open and knife to pry down. Then remove Philip screws on two piece sleeve. Clean and slide base and motor until free. Re-align sleeve using glides pins for the red sleeve and ring slots on bottom with threads matching. I used tightening screw to hold while putting it back together. For most part measuring ring holds it together.☺️ It works great now. Remember not to over extend adjustment. It may still need attention in the future which most tools do.
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It's NOT dust or dirt inside. These are notorious for not being adjustable straight outta the box. The black plastic housing on the motor is a few thousandths too large & bind up too easily. The only solution is to 'turn down' the diameter of that motor housing w/ sandpaper. Long tedious process but does 'fix' the problem w/ these routers so they work like they should. A couple of hours & works like new or it 's supposed to.
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i had a 1995 mustang gt convertible with a 5.0 for 15 years; i loved that car. i recently sold it because my new convertible is a 1967 fairlane gta

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