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Hi Guys, I’ve had this Porter cable plunge router for a number of years and never really used it as a plunge.

So today I want to make some circles and found it to be really hard to move. I don’t see any adjustments and decided to remove the springs. I found that there are plastic sleeves over them and was just wondering if they are supposed to be on there.

It seems to be a little better without them but not anywhere near what I expect in a plunge router. I have to push it really hard to go down and then it doesn’t want to come back up. I don’t even want to have it stuck while I’m cutting and was wondering if there is something I can do.


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Well I decided put the plastic spring covers back in and lubed the slide posts. It works now, but not as smooth as Iíd like it although the base really slams up fast when it's upside down without any weight on it.
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The tubes are to stop the spring rubbing and grinding against the metal tubes. Less wear n tear.
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Thanks Angie, I just wasn't sure because they looked like standard packaging.
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Well I decided put the plastic spring covers back in and lubed the slide posts. It works now, but not as smooth as Iíd like it although the base really slams up fast when it's upside down without any weight on it.
Do not let that happen, Johnny.

look what happened to my Makita which has a sweet smooth plunge....

http://www.routerforums.com/general-...-bit-dust.html

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OMG! James thats terrible. It happened 3 times and each time it sounded bad. I guess I need to be more careful. Thanks for the warning.
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Do not let that happen, Johnny.

look what happened to my Makita which has a sweet smooth plunge....

http://www.routerforums.com/general-...-bit-dust.html
Ok I rest my case , my makitas need replacing !
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What happened to James's Makita was caused by him not having the long height adjusting "knob" fitted. The small Nylon round nut was all that was holding the router together so it's no wonder that it failed.

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Well, I just completed cutting 18 circles and although everything went well, I feel like something is not right. It just doesnít slide very easily and I have to verify each time to see if the depth stop is actually touching bottom. Maybe this is normal and Iím expecting too much. As I mentioned earlier, I have never plunged before and really donít know what is normal.

I bought this router ďopen boxĒ at a huge discount many years ago and it was missing parts that I replaced. I've always used the motor in my router table and the plunge base just sat on the shelf collecting dust.

So is it normal for the plunge to stop every so often on the way down as if it bottomed out?

I really feel like maybe the plastic around the springs are causing it to stick because it seems to be at the same spot each time, but a little extra push does take all the way down.

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Cannot speak for the quality of PC routers, but that has never happened with my Tritons or Makitas.


Edit; I did have a minor problem with the Makita 3600BR when I first got it from the pawn shop, but once cleaned and lubricated, no more problem.

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