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Hi. I'm brand new to this forum, and am considering purchasing a new router. I believe my old one is not feeling well. I keep having issues with the depth of cut - it won't stay put!!

I'm routing some grooves into a flat surface (just decorative) for picture frames. I did several pieces, all came out OK, then suddenly, the depth changed on the bit - and now it's cutting much deeper! So the newer piece doesn't match the first ones.

I verified and double-checked the locking mechanism - it's tight as heck, and I can't make it any tighter. Almost seems like the router is getting hot - and kind of "lifting" the bit higher in the table. It's an OLD router - Skil #1835.

So - anyone have suggestions? Is it time to replace? If so, recommendations? I primarily use the router in the router table - not "free-hand".

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Victor, it sounds like your bit is moving in the collet. Make sure there is no rust on it or oil for that matter. If the bit is too far into the collet and is bottomed out the nut will seem tight but the bit is not gripped properly. The collet moves into the shaft as the nut is tightened and if the bit is already bottomed out it can't tighten properly.

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Hi. I'm brand new to this forum, and am considering purchasing a new router. I believe my old one is not feeling well. I keep having issues with the depth of cut - it won't stay put!!

I'm routing some grooves into a flat surface (just decorative) for picture frames. I did several pieces, all came out OK, then suddenly, the depth changed on the bit - and now it's cutting much deeper! So the newer piece doesn't match the first ones.

I verified and double-checked the locking mechanism - it's tight as heck, and I can't make it any tighter. Almost seems like the router is getting hot - and kind of "lifting" the bit higher in the table. It's an OLD router - Skil #1835.

So - anyone have suggestions? Is it time to replace? If so, recommendations? I primarily use the router in the router table - not "free-hand".

Thanks
Hi Victor - Welcome to the forum
What Mike said plus make sure the collet and the shank are clean. Automotive brake cleaner works good for this and doesn't leave a residue. If the router is really old it may need a new collet, that one may be getting fatigued.

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Yes,, It's time to replace it, that's a very old router and now it's unsafe to use anymore.. you can clean it but why take the chance..it makes me recall the guy that had a hammer and the head would fly off now and then just on it's own,, tools don't last forever

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Hi. I'm brand new to this forum, and am considering purchasing a new router. I believe my old one is not feeling well. I keep having issues with the depth of cut - it won't stay put!!

I'm routing some grooves into a flat surface (just decorative) for picture frames. I did several pieces, all came out OK, then suddenly, the depth changed on the bit - and now it's cutting much deeper! So the newer piece doesn't match the first ones.

I verified and double-checked the locking mechanism - it's tight as heck, and I can't make it any tighter. Almost seems like the router is getting hot - and kind of "lifting" the bit higher in the table. It's an OLD router - Skil #1835.

So - anyone have suggestions? Is it time to replace? If so, recommendations? I primarily use the router in the router table - not "free-hand".

Thanks



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Thanks for the replies, guys.

I always make sure the bit is well seated in the collett, the collett is clean, and it's a brand new bit I'm working with.

So - looks like I'm in the market for a replacement. Suggestions (I'm retired and on a limited budget). I like the Bosch 1617, and the Ridgid R29302 writeups, but they're kinda pricey. I use my router almost exclusively mounted in my table. A couple things I think I need: relatively easy height adjustment, good dust collection, and soft start.

Thanks for any help/suggestions.
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Victor, Not knowing where you are located it is difficult for us to guide you to the best deals. Here in Detroit the Bosch 1617EVSPK has been reduced to $179 and I know of a Craftsman 26620 (same router with Sears markings) that is new/unused for $100 on craigslist.
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Thanks for the replies, guys.

I always make sure the bit is well seated in the collett, the collett is clean, and it's a brand new bit I'm working with.

So - looks like I'm in the market for a replacement. Suggestions (I'm retired and on a limited budget). I like the Bosch 1617, and the Ridgid R29302 writeups, but they're kinda pricey. I use my router almost exclusively mounted in my table. A couple things I think I need: relatively easy height adjustment, good dust collection, and soft start.

Thanks for any help/suggestions.
Hi Victor, I know the feeling. You can pick up a new collet for $12 + ship
Skil 1835 Parts List and Diagram - (F012183500) : eReplacementParts.com
If you want an upgrade, I'm pretty sure this one will adjust above the table:
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...=1321112958870

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Victor, the price of your router is actually the smallest cost of routing. The real expense is the bits. You are better off buying a router you are comfortable working with; one that makes your jobs easier. I prefer Bosch. Craftsman combo kits are an inexpensive option and popular with members.

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Victor I have the Ridgid and use it all the time in my table it is good router, I also have the Sears combo I picked up last year and like it equally as well but it was less than 100.00 on sale just before Christmas. Give the Sears a look also.

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Thanks for the replies, guys.

I always make sure the bit is well seated in the collett, the collett is clean, and it's a brand new bit I'm working with.

So - looks like I'm in the market for a replacement. Suggestions (I'm retired and on a limited budget). I like the Bosch 1617, and the Ridgid R29302 writeups, but they're kinda pricey. I use my router almost exclusively mounted in my table. A couple things I think I need: relatively easy height adjustment, good dust collection, and soft start.

Thanks for any help/suggestions.
You are not bottoming the bit in the collet are you? You should bottom in in and raise it about 1/16th..give this a try...best regards and good luck

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