G'day guys should i remove the spring when mounting a plunge router under the new table for easy adjustment. regards carl
It just makes it easier to lift the router but they don't necessary need to be removed. If one was using the Router Raizer then the springs wouldn't be removed per the instructions.I have one additional question on this topic. Everyone seems to be of the same opinion in that the spring should be removed. Why? It's not in the way and I don't think that it will harm the router so why go through work of removing the springs ?
The spring provides an addition to gravity and was placed there by the manufacturer for a reason. On most routers it is to counteract gravity, ergo making its use unneeded when the plunge router goes into the most unnatural state of being inverted. I actually bought a third router to remove my Freud from this service as the spring was needed, but the removal of the spring would have made my life much easier; this model Freud is a great plunge router and a very bad table router. Some routers are meant to stay as there creators meant and not switch sides (in this case positions). My Freud, without the spring, would creep upward by a 1/32" over a 6 ft run when cutting a 1/4" slot in mahogany and a 1/16th when using clear pine."Why remove the springs?"
Ok, you have your plunge router mounted on the plate, drop it into the table and want to make a height adjustment. With one hand you release the plunge lever, with one hand you lift the router and the router plate and all come out of the table. Sure, you could hold the plate down with your forehead but that makes it difficult to see the adjustment. You could fasten the plate down but that defeats the entire purpose of having a plate. Even if you are smart and pop the router out of the table to make height adjustments the springs will fight you. Removing the springs is one of the "Keep it simpe" methods taught by the guys from the Router Workshop.
Richard, upward creep? Did you scold it and tell it to stay? :haha:
If your router is moving up you need to adjust the clamp or plunge lock. We don't want your router to fly away.