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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-10-2018, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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I was setting up to route a shallow dado using my old Porter Cable 7518 in the table. Got the bit height set perfectly to my satisfaction and I hit the switch to turn the router on. I had forgotten to tighten the base clamp. The starting torque of the router instantly unscrewed the motor from the base. Down on the floor she went, where she writhed around a bit until I killed the power. Lucky for me, I was using a remote starter switch instead of the switch on the router itself. That would have put my hands too close to the falling motor and increased the temptation to try to catch it. As it was, the only harm done was that the bit shaved the insulation off about 6 inches of the power cord. Not quite enough to let the sparks out, but enough that I'll need to replace the cord. Now I gotta figure out a fail-safe to be sure that doesn't happen again.

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Glad it didn't get your hands, Andy!

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if you can cut the cord and put a cord cap on it..
build a step under the motor that limits it's travel..
remove the step to remove the motor..

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Good safeth tip there Stick.

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So glad you didn't try to catch it Andy,could have been a real bad scene

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It could have been worse. Without thinking it through I tried mounting my rack and pinion adjusting DW610 in my LV bench top table. First time I loosened the clamp it fell onto the bench.

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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All good reasons to use router lifts


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Lucky no damage to yourself.

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Ditch the remote.
You only got lazy because you no longer have to put your hands near it to switch on.
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Andy, I guess things got lively for a few seconds? Kinda like this . I am glad nothing really bad happened because it could have. Stick has a great idea, so maybe lay a brick or two under it.

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