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Hi, I just got my Freud 3000 mounted in a table and up an running. I left the springs in and use the above table gizmos for raising, lowering, etc. Got me to wondering if I still need to go under the table to flip the plunge lock or not. Seems like between the weight, 13+ lbs, and the spring tension, it would be held pretty firmly.
Just wondering what the thinking is on it.

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I lock mine.

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I always want 25K RPM spinning blades under full control. Lock it.
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I would lock it. You will get slight vibration if you don't and whether you feel it or not it can and will effect the quality of cut. The lock helps tighten up the machine as a whole, play with it put pressure on it with the lock off and on and I think you will see what I mean.
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Well you learn all the time. I hadn't even given this a thought. I just assumed as the router is held in the table it would be ok without locking.

I will lock in future , thanks.

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Hi John

The 3000 is so well made you will not need to lock it, the lift will hold it in place just fine.

But that's just my 2 cents,I have not put my 3000 in the table..but the weight of the router will load the lift system just fine..

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Hi, I just got my Freud 3000 mounted in a table and up an running. I left the springs in and use the above table gizmos for raising, lowering, etc. Got me to wondering if I still need to go under the table to flip the plunge lock or not. Seems like between the weight, 13+ lbs, and the spring tension, it would be held pretty firmly.
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Yes, but there is lateral play in that 3000. Very slight, but its there.

I would think if you bump the table or have a dull bit and are really pushing that it will give and spring back ever so little, but enough to give you ripple in say a cove bit profile that is a pain to sand out.

I think the real question here is; "Is there any reason not to lock it". No there is not. It can only help and not hurt.

I always pull the springs when I put a router under a table, but that's me.

I guess I gave 4 cents on that one.
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Think about it like this: One horsepower can move 550 lbs, 1 foot in 1 second. Now, determine how much a bit spinning 20K+ RPM with whatever your HP actually is at the RPM you're spinning. The 13+ pound router will seem like a fly on a horse's fanny. If you don't lock-down that router, you'll create some very ugly parts. Be safe! OPG3
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Thanks for the input guys. Not to difficult for me to lock, would be a different story if I had large hands, lock kinda buried. Gotta go down there to adjust the speed anyway. I left the springs in to help keep the system biased (take up the slop). Did need to employ something of a power lift (internal hex socket with deWalt drill) to wind the thing up against the springs.
I ended up buying a table for it because I'm already so far behind on projects I didn't want another major one. Should have made my own top though. At least I can do the mods I have in mind between jobs rather than instead of.

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