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I have just built a new router table for my constant speed Porter-Cable router. It is working wonderfully except for one big issue. I am putting together rails and stiles for some cabinet doors and have noticed that the router slips down ever so slightly as I route multiple pieces. I have ensured the bit is secure and that the router itself is tightened as tight as I can get it by hand. Does anyone have any ideas on what could be causing this? I appreciate any help!
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Hey, Hesty; Welcome. You sound like you know your way around the shop, so when you say the router is cinched down tight i'm guessing that you've examined all the related parts(?)...
My original router, a craftsman was notorious for that issue, and that was using it handheld. I took it apart, cleaned out the accumulated fine sawdust, readjusted the locking mechanism, and it's been fine ever since...I never did figure out exactly why it was actually slipping.
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My original router, a craftsman was notorious for that issue
Yep, all I have is several older Craftsmans, and they would all slip. Seeing as how I keep all my bits at the same height and all in my router table, just did something to lock the ring in place - maybe Loctite, don't recall now, but whatever, definitely don't move now. Might not be what you want, but definitely cured the problem for me.

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Hi Hesty and welcome. I too have a Craftsman that slips and I think it's because the motor case is too slippery a plastic. I was going to try roughing it slightly to see if that helped but haven't gotten around to it. Maybe try cleaning it first and if that doesn't do it then a slight roughing.

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I see a new router in your future...
https://www.boschtools.com/us/en/bos...evspk-27718-p/
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Clean the sawdust off the table and plate with a brush between every cut. Sometimes that accumulation will lift the piece just enough to mess with you. Another thing to try is placing a half inch rubber grommet in the collet and bottoming your bit on that. If you've been bottoming the bit against metal, that can cause it to shift slightly. Just some quickie fixes. I had a Rockler lift that crept. You could tighten it, but after awhile, it would start slipping again. Don't have that problem with the Triton unless I forget to lock it. Oops.
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The collet may need replacing. Iíve also had a problem where the bit would move when I was in the zone using it hard. I decided that the heat may be causing something to expand enough to allow the bit to slip. I found out by slowing down and giving the bit a chance to cool helped.


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Hesty: welcome to the forum. Can you tell us how your router is supported to the table? Is it attached to a plate or directly to the table? When you say the "router slips down", is it the motor in the housing, is it the entire router, or just the bit that is slipping? Is it a plunge base or fixed base that you are using?
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I see a new router in your future...
https://www.boschtools.com/us/en/bos...evspk-27718-p/
I agree with Dan get another router. A lot of people are having the same problem. Try these folks at CPO, they stand behind what they sell. I have bought quite a few tools from them. I had a router that was bad and they sent me another router that arrived the next day. I put the bad router in the box and shipped it back and they paid the shipping.

https://www.cpooutlets.com/routers-a...efault,sc.html

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I have just built a new router table for my constant speed Porter-Cable router. It is working wonderfully except for one big issue. I am putting together rails and stiles for some cabinet doors and have noticed that the router slips down ever so slightly as I route multiple pieces. I have ensured the bit is secure and that the router itself is tightened as tight as I can get it by hand. Does anyone have any ideas on what could be causing this? I appreciate any help!
What model router?
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