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Hi There Fraternity

Last year when visiting my son in Houston Texas I as usual ended up getting my hands dirty with various jobs and started to build up a small collection of tools to assist.
One of the tools I acquired from a Pawn shop that specialized in construction tools and I ended up with a Rigid trim router and it was something new as I have always been used to either the Dewalt 625 half inch or the Elu mof 96.

Tell the truth I was delighted with it as it is very manageable and ended up bringing it back to Scotland with me as my workshop has 110v.
Unfortunately, a couple of months ago the finite adjustment lever stopped working and after initial investigation I found the retaining spring that holds it down on to the thread adjuster had broken.

Now I can still use it but it is a pain in the ass. I have to do minute adjustments by sliding the collar up and down by hand.

So, went to the net to find one. Firstly, not available in the UK only USA. Could not for the life of me find an alterative due to the configuration of the spring.
But as the photo shows it is available and very inexpensive until you hit the Post it to Scotland button, at which point my two-dollar spring needs twenty dollars to send it.
It’s just a ridiculous amount of money for something that can fit into an envelope.

What I am asking is if there are any members that can put me onto an outlet that is more reasonably priced as my knowledge of USA shops is very limited or even someone in the U K that sells them.

Would appreciate and help or advice

Colin
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Have you looked for a supplier of springs and other parts in your part of the world? I'd take it in and see if someone in such an outlet has an unbranded replacement part that will do. Another option might be if you can find the part on ereplacementparts.com, someone here can find a cheap way to get it to you? This looks to be a very commonly used spring. After all, it just has to fit. I tried to look up the part, but need the model number to find it. Perhaps if you can find the part, you can have it delivered to a family member here who can ship it to you. I'd order two and an extra collet at the same time. I love and use my trim router a lot more than I ever thought I would. So easy to handle.
 

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Looks almost like a spring from a wood clothespin maybe with one end clipped.
Just thinking about very similar springs around here, for example in a conventional clip board, or some clips with magnets on my fridge. I found similar springs on clips to reclose food bags. There must be a hundred products that use similar springs, it's just a matter of finding a match the same size and with the cross bar in the right position.
 

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Colin, order it to your son's place and let him mail it to you in a Christmas card. I would check the price of shipping to him.
I was also thinking clothes pin (like Roland) and after reading Tom's message, looked at the spring in a clipboard... You may be able to jimmy something.
 

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Never had a need to do it, but it is possible to wind your own spring. A web search should be able to tell you what is involved. You can keep this in mind as a last ditch effort. Good luck.
 
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I bet that spring is a very standard size. Engineers can cut costs by using standard parts, and I bet that's the case. That leads back to a company that sells standard parts like that, which will take a little research. That router is actually a pretty nice little machine and worth the effort. We just need someone with a little engineering talent to tells us what kind of spring it is and where it can be had..;A brief search shows that it is a Torsion Spring, that can store and release energy, or hold a mechanism in place. Here's a possible source. They will surely need some exact measurements. But it's a place to start: The Spring Store - The Spring Store Perhaps you can have your son order and send a couple of them to you. Poor old dad deserves a $20 postal investment by a good son


Pix is of a torsion spring.
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Hi
thanks for your comments.appreciate the effort. Will go with the getting it sent to my son. It should be a lot cheaper as all know how poor I am

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Hi
thanks for your comments.appreciate the effort. Will go with the getting it sent to my son. It should be a lot cheaper as all know how poor I am

colin
The richest guy up here in the high desert is a plumber. He owns the supplier for every other plumber around here, has a fantastic rancho and even owns the cemetary where Roy Rogers and Dale Evens are buried.
 
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