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Hi, I picked up a Milwaukee 5625 unused for $200, but without the T-handle wrench. I mounted the thing to the phenolic plate that came with my Grizzly President's Special router table (a good deal, by the way). In any case, I had to drill and countersink the usual holes in the plate, and add a hole for through-the-table access for adjusting the height. Not having the T-handle wrench, I read that any 3/8 socket would do, so off to Lowes for a 1/4" extender/handle/socket. The socket is 1/2 wide total, so I drilled a hole in my plate a little wider than 1/2 inch. The socket on the extender goes through just fine and adjusts the height in a very satisfactory manner. Then comes a problem: I can't get the darn thing back out without taking the router off the plate. The issue is a flexible rubber dam with an X cut in it, through which the wrench passes on the way to the adjustment bolt. When I try to pull the wrench out it pulls the rubber "ears" up into the hole I drilled, which, with this rubber in the way, is no longer large enough to get the socket out! Drill a larger hole? No, because then there will be too little of the phenolic left between the wrench hole and the main hole for the bit. That "bridge" is already pretty narrow (and so weak) with the 1/2" hole I already drilled. The rubber dam is easily removed, but with it taken out, dust will quickly get into the height adjustment column, and, presumably, will jam up the height adjusting threads. Have you had a similar issue, and what did you do about it? Is the answer as simple as "find the real wrench?" Can I operate the machine without the rubber dam without running into lots of problems? Thanks for your help to a relative newbie. Regards, --Kevin
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Slow down. You want the correct wrench supplied by Milwaukee. You can buy them through a bunch of online tool dealers. Buy it and don't destroy your machine with stuff from your toolbox made for auto repair.

I've got the Milwaukee 5616. It uses the same wrench. And while the nut size may be standard 3/8" (or 10mm) the tool meant to be used is anything but standard. The head is a thinwall socket roughly the shape of an acorn. The rubber protective grommet on the router is meant to snug up against the narrow shaft and keep out contaminating sawdust. A socket extension can't do the job. It's way too fat.

The real wrench will cost you about $5, so don't mess up a fine machine just because you can't wait for the UPS delivery. I also see them on eBay frequently.
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Hi, I picked up a Milwaukee 5625 unused for $200, but without the T-handle wrench. I mounted the thing to the phenolic plate that came with my Grizzly President's Special router table (a good deal, by the way). In any case, I had to drill and countersink the usual holes in the plate, and add a hole for through-the-table access for adjusting the height. Not having the T-handle wrench, I read that any 3/8 socket would do, so off to Lowes for a 1/4" extender/handle/socket. The socket is 1/2 wide total, so I drilled a hole in my plate a little wider than 1/2 inch. The socket on the extender goes through just fine and adjusts the height in a very satisfactory manner. Then comes a problem: I can't get the darn thing back out without taking the router off the plate. The issue is a flexible rubber dam with an X cut in it, through which the wrench passes on the way to the adjustment bolt. When I try to pull the wrench out it pulls the rubber "ears" up into the hole I drilled, which, with this rubber in the way, is no longer large enough to get the socket out! Drill a larger hole? No, because then there will be too little of the phenolic left between the wrench hole and the main hole for the bit. That "bridge" is already pretty narrow (and so weak) with the 1/2" hole I already drilled. The rubber dam is easily removed, but with it taken out, dust will quickly get into the height adjustment column, and, presumably, will jam up the height adjusting threads. Have you had a similar issue, and what did you do about it? Is the answer as simple as "find the real wrench?" Can I operate the machine without the rubber dam without running into lots of problems? Thanks for your help to a relative newbie. Regards, --Kevin
I have a Milwaukee 5616-20 in my table and it is exactly as the one you have in reference to the table top adjustment. I do have the correct wrench and it also pulls the rubber up but falls back into place when the adjuster is extracted. When I drilled my router plate I drilled just big enough to clear the socket so the rubber guard isn't able to pull far enough to trap it when pulled up. As far as removing the rubber shield I can't see that it would hurt anything because the adjustment knob is male so the shavings would just fall on down past it even though it would be wise to clean around it every so often. Even with the rubber in place shavings still collect around the threads on mine and so far has posed no problem with adjustment. Having said that I agree with garycurtis, it would be wise to just buy the correct wrench.

When something is advertised as being foolproof there is always a better class of fool that comes along to prove them wrong.

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I have a Milwaukee 5616-20 in my table and it is exactly as the one you have in reference to the table top adjustment. I do have the correct wrench and it also pulls the rubber up but falls back into place when the adjuster is extracted. When I drilled my router plate I drilled just big enough to clear the socket so the rubber guard isn't able to pull far enough to trap it when pulled up. As far as removing the rubber shield I can't see that it would hurt anything because the adjustment knob is male so the shavings would just fall on down past it even though it would be wise to clean around it every so often. Even with the rubber in place shavings still collect around the threads on mine and so far has posed no problem with adjustment. Having said that I agree with garycurtis, it would be wise to just buy the correct wrench.
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I just pulled my Milwaukee out of my table to replace it with a PC 890. The Milwaukee was very dusty so I started cleaning it with my shop vac and air. In doing so I sucked the rubber into my vac canister. Even with the rubber in place I noticed the cavity for the adjuster had a large amount of sawdust in it so evidently the rubber guard isn't 100% effective, but as I said I had no problems with the adjustments. BTW I did fish the rubber out of the vac canister.

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