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The spindle lock on my 15? yr. old router is inoperative...what to do? Is it repairable? If so, where do I begin?

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Hi Fred,

Welcome to the Router forums.

You don't say what is wrong with the spindle lock but I figure it jumps out of the slot when you try to tighten or loosen the collet nut. If this is what is wrong then you can file the lock plate so the shoulder has a good flat surface to match the slot. To file it you will have to take it apart. Be careful and don't let parts fly out. There is a spring but if you watch what you are doing you'll be alright.

When you put it back together make sure the spring pulls the spindle lock out of the slot. If it doesn't, start over again until it does.

I have one that needs that done to it and tomorrow would be a good day to fix it. I'll take pictures as I work on it and then make a post on this easy repair.

Hope this helps,

Work safe, Have fun, Cut some wood,
Mike
 

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As Mike said no details. If the lock is on top like mine,the part that locks on shaft was broken.The part is no longer available from Sears. I dug thru my junk and found a nut that matched threads colet. I cut it down thin enough so when screwed on above colet nut and jambed tight to end of shaft threads ,it does not get in the way of tightning colet nut. You have to hold top of shaft where lock is broken to jamb nut so it will not spin off when tightning colet on bit.
 

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As Mike said no details. If the lock is on top like mine,the part that locks on shaft was broken.The part is no longer available from Sears. I dug thru my junk and found a nut that matched threads colet. I cut it down thin enough so when screwed on above colet nut and jambed tight to end of shaft threads ,it does not get in the way of tightning colet nut. You have to hold top of shaft where lock is broken to jamb nut so it will not spin off when tightning colet on bit.
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(I'm new the the forum and working to get out of rookie status as a woodworker.)
The red plastic control at the top of the router moves to the Lock position but it has no effect on the operation. The plastic lever is in what I'll call a depressed position...it used to require pressing inward to move it to the left or right. When I partially removed the black plastic housing it released to a familar position, but remained depressed when the housing was reinstalled and operation attempted. Thanks for your input and any additional help would be appreciated.
 

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Hi Fred,

Welcome to the Router forums.

You don't say what is wrong with the spindle lock but I figure it jumps out of the slot when you try to tighten or loosen the collet nut. If this is what is wrong then you can file the lock plate so the shoulder has a good flat surface to match the slot. To file it you will have to take it apart. Be careful and don't let parts fly out. There is a spring but if you watch what you are doing you'll be alright.

When you put it back together make sure the spring pulls the spindle lock out of the slot. If it doesn't, start over again until it does.

I have one that needs that done to it and tomorrow would be a good day to fix it. I'll take pictures as I work on it and then make a post on this easy repair.


Hope this helps,

Work safe, Have fun, Cut some wood,
Mike
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That would be great! The lock does not seem to find the spindle so it doesn't seem to move in or out, regardless of turning the collet. I look forward to seeing your post. Thanks.
 

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Sorry Fred the router I had was older than your router. I do have one like the one you have but have not found it since I moved from the old shop. If I run across it I'll look it over and see what might be wrong.

Please don't hold your breath waiting for my reply, I might not have it anymore.

Hopefully some one will see your post who may be able to help.

Mike
 

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The red in/out/slide lock you discribe is exactly the lock like I was writing about. when I took the top apart ,the lock surrounds the shaft and slides to anarrow cut out to lock.The slide was split and is no longer available from Sears. If you have ?'s post. I will check back.
 

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Hello!

Had the same problem with one of mine 1hp cheap routers..
Just thrown away the unworking parts.
And then:
I just use a flat wrench made for hexagonal bolts, it might be metric or not,
Check with a caliper, i had to grindit flat a bit to make it come in.
Works fine.

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Gerard
 

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Spindle locks, while convenient, seem to be a bane for many a router.

The spindle lock on my ol' Colt wore out and even when fresh, it was actually cumbersome to use.

Like Gerard, ended up grinding down the working end of a wrench to fit the flats on the spindle, much nicer using two wrenches.
 

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More on the red lock

The red in/out/slide lock you discribe is exactly the lock like I was writing about. when I took the top apart ,the lock surrounds the shaft and slides to anarrow cut out to lock.The slide was split and is no longer available from Sears. If you have ?'s post. I will check back.
Actually, after some dinking around with the red plastic...putting some leverage on it...it did pop into position and functioned appropriately. So, I can use it until I break the plastic. There must be a way of removing the red plastic slide handle so I can clean/lub the interior mechanism, but I don't know how to accomplish that. I fear breaking the plastic. I'd appreciate any tips.
 

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Hi Fred,

Welcome to the Router forums.

You don't say what is wrong with the spindle lock but I figure it jumps out of the slot when you try to tighten or loosen the collet nut. If this is what is wrong then you can file the lock plate so the shoulder has a good flat surface to match the slot. To file it you will have to take it apart. Be careful and don't let parts fly out. There is a spring but if you watch what you are doing you'll be alright.

When you put it back together make sure the spring pulls the spindle lock out of the slot. If it doesn't, start over again until it does.

I have one that needs that done to it and tomorrow would be a good day to fix it. I'll take pictures as I work on it and then make a post on this easy repair.

Hope this helps,

Work safe, Have fun, Cut some wood,
Mike
I took the top off my older (20 year?) sears router to oil the top bearing. The small diameter, 11/4” long spring fell out before I seen how it was installed and I can’t figure out how it goes back in.
 

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I think the problem originated with Craftsman managements and owners who decided to exploit what was once a good brand by having them produced here and there. Since no assembly plant had a stake in the tool, they didn't bother making diagrams or making any spare parts. Trying to use an older Craftsman power tool results in about half the posts pleading for help finding a part or making a repair of any sort.

Hopefully some of these fixes will give you a few more years of use, but then what? I'm no longer willing to try to rescue a tool that has zero support and no parts available. To each his own in this regard, but notice how often someone has one of these things and for want of some simple part, or bit of information, it's days are done.

Meanwhile, there are so many companies out there that take pride in their tools, have lots of parts on hand, who don't change dimensions on key parts just to save a dime per unit. I'll patronize them, and let brands like Craftsman fade into history.

No put down intended for any member, and I understand that money can be tight and even that it's hard to give up on a tool that for years worked fine, until...
 

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100% agree, Tom.

Newer routers are more adaptable, take 1/4" and 1/2" cutters, soft start and variable speed.
 
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