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I'm new to the forum. I have an old Craftsman router (315.17480) that was my dad's. It's in great shape and works well. I am trying to replace a built-in work light bulb. The old bulb and the manual indicate an automotive bulb # 1004, (two pin twist lock) So far I've purchased three from NAPA and Ace HW. They go in but i can't get them to lock. I've checked all the relative dimensions with a scale and micrometer and they seem identical. Has anyone else had this problem with one of these old routers?
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Hello;
I'm new to the forum. I have an old Craftsman router (315.17480) that was my dad's. It's in great shape and works well. I am trying to replace a built-in work light bulb. The old bulb and the manual indicate an automotive bulb # 1004, (two pin twist lock) So far I've purchased three from NAPA and Ace HW. They go in but i can't get them to lock. I've checked all the relative dimensions with a scale and micrometer and they seem identical. Has anyone else had this problem with one of these old routers?
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I have one and yes they are hard to lock but they will work. I had to take the socket out and clean it.

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Hey, Gordon; welcome1

Yeh, I've got the same problem with my old Craftsman. Who designs this stuff?
Leon; I thought I had cleaned mine, but I'll give it another try.
I still like Bob's solution of a small LED flashlight mounted on the router.
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I had one of those years ago and if yours is like mine was you need to find somewhere to buy the bulbs in bulk. They never lasted very long on mine.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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I had the same problem. Originally the GE bulb (made in USA) had no flange where the glass meets the metal...But now the bulbs are made somewhere else and you will find a flange where the glass meets the metal part with pins and when you try to push the bulb into the socket the flange hits the top of the socket and won't let the bulb go in deep enough to be able to turn it. What I did was to file the top rim of the socket (1/16") to allow the newer flange type bulb to go deeper into the socket.
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I have the same router, I took the burnt out bulb, remove the glass and soldered in an LED lamp. Works fine but as others noted the old bulb would twist lock fairly hard.

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Hi, Gordon 68 ~ I have the same model and recently replaced the bulb by going to Autozone and matching the bulb number. It took some fiddling with the socket, but I finally was able to get the bulb to fit after gently filing down the base of the bulb. I also used some emery cloth wrapped around a dowel to clean the corrosion of the socket. Good luck.

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