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I have a Craftsmen Router #315.175100 and the issue is that the depth adjustment won't twist. I have tried to clean it out and even used WD40. If anyone has had this issue please help. 😩

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Hey, Clint; welcome!
It's almost always accumulated crud. I know you said that you cleaned it, but did you strip it right down?
Scrub all the mating parts with something like tooth brushes, brass bristle brush and a cleaner that'll dissolve any gums and varnishes. Simple Green works well, but make sure you clean it off thoroughly.
If there's a rack and pinion use only a dry lube like a candle (wax).
It only takes a very small amount of sawdust jammed into a thread to completely seize it up.
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If this is the router with the plastic ring that you spin to adjust depth, I have suggested a solution to someone once before that worked. My suggestion was that he heat the ring gently with a heat gun and expand it enough to get it moving. He didn't have a heat gun but used a hair dryer on high instead and it worked.

Once you get it moving you need to clean the threaded part of the housing with a wire brush to remove the scale and corrosion that has built up underneath.

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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Hi Clint
I would caution you on the use of wd40 in your wood working. It may give you some finishing issues. Stuff is not allowed in our shop due to fish eyes in the finish dept. It gets everywhere it shouldn't.
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Thanks everyone for the welcome and responses. So I have tried all the methods mentioned by everyone, and not luck. But I may have stumbled upon the issue. I noticed a small pin that I think is out of alignment with the thread. When I try to turn it, I can see that the small pin is restricting movement. Anyone know how I can fix this? Here is a picture of the pin.
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I'm not sure that the pin is out of place. If it is in a slot it may be there to prevent the router from turning in the body when the adjustment ring is turned.

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Is it possible that the pin is seized up?
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