I think I've found this 2nd hard point on the nut, it resists anymore turning, I've exerted quite a lot of force on it, does not seem to want to budge anymore, I don't want to cause any damage?
Are you sure you're turning it the right way (anti-clockwise)? I've never had too many problems with this router, so I'm now beginning to wonder if you've got a crossed thread there. It's probably better if you contact me on the phone as there are a couple of queries I have here. If interested, please PM me
I have a set of Silverline cutters, comes with a 10mm, 12mm, 14mm, 16mm and 18mm straight cutters. Thursday I'm buying a Wickes 1500W router, I want to use this to practise plunge routing mortise holes on scrap wood. I understand I drill a hole to start off the straight cutter,the wood drill bits Wickes have are different sizes to the cutters, could you advise please?
If your router cutters have plunge centres there is no need to pre-drill. Just make your cuts in progressively deeper passes, say 3 to 4mm a time, clearing out the waste from time to time (vacuum cleaner). If you are going to mortise with a router it is much safer to have two fences (one either side) and longer fence rods. The DW625 uses 10mm fence rods; 10mm diam. ground silver steel rod can be obtained in 1 metre lengths from most engineering suppliers for under a tenner (£10). That will make two 500mm fence rods with a bit of sawing and filing of the ends. A second DW625 fence can be had on eBay for £25 to £35.
As an aside Festool now do a superb self-centring accessory base (the #495246
) for mortising, but it only works on their OF1400 and OF2200 routers as far as I know (although it should be possible to fit it to any 1/2in plunge router). The price is the usual Festool in orbit figure, too - £120 or so
I suppose there's always Tage Frid's mortising jig as included in his excellent books; Highland hardware in the USA have posted it on their web site, here
Not sure I'd buy a Wickes router if I had a DW625 - I'd probably take the deWalt to my local deWalt dealer and get him to look at it first