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View Poll Results: Should the router's springs be removed for table use?
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post #11 of 21 (permalink) Old 10-31-2004, 01:57 PM
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Why do they have to use such strong springs anyway?
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So that the cutter springs safely up when the lock is released.

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Used to have PC 693 without springs in the table. Was a pain to have to set back up for above table work. Now have 890 series, with the fixed base mounted to the table insert. The adjustments with the rack and worm, and the above the table height adjuster make it simple to make adjustments. Keep the plunge base set up for above the table work.

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I removed the springs from my M12V and the router would jerk while lowering it. So, I put the springs back in.

Side note: After cleaning the sawdust from the slots where the springs go, I was able to raise the router about 5/8 inch higher.
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Even some of the router manufacturers are making it easier to remove or defeat the springs for table use This is or will be a moot point.
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Freud is wrong...If you dont remove the springs you are fighting the spring pressure...wish somebody at freud would use a router table for awhile,before they suggest things.
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HI Hickory

Just as a side note, I have Freud 3 1/2 HP router in one of my router tables and the springs are still in it, But I do remove the bits from the top side of the table, and the black knob works just fine to adjust the bit from the under side of the top.

But that's just my 2 cents..

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BOBj3 i cannot tell which freud router you have. The new model FT2200 is better than the older model,for one reason. Freud realised the shaft was to short and added more length to the newer model.

I have both the old model and the new model. many times I could not get enough router bit height with the older model.. The new model works great.

Now about the springs.. I assume you must have the new model to be able to take bits out without lifting the router out of the table.

I would still find this more difficult with the springs in.. You are still fighting the spring pressure.
I take the router out of the table to change bits and i am able to Spin the black adjusting up to where i need it. Spinning is easier than turning a 1/2 turn at a time with the springs in.

When i need to raise the router up " alot in the table..I do something that may be consider dangerous, but i make sure there is no power going to the router.

I will grab the bit and put the router up, and reach under and spin the black knob up. This works very quickly with no springs.Once the micro knob is up..I make the final adjustment that is needed/

But whatever you get used to doing you will probably stick too.

One more thing i have found especially using large bits.. I depended on the micro knob to hold the router in place after i adjusted the height

Now i adjust it and use the plunge lock.. I had a large bit move slighly..probably should have been doing this before.

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Hi Hickory

I have Freud FT2200E that I got off Amazon for $110.oo on sale.

http://www.amazon.com/Freud-FT2000E-...4?ie=UTF8&s=hi

But I still use the ROUTER COLLET EXTENSION for 1/4" and 1/2" shank bits from time to time.

http://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shops...er_collet.html
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I use a Off Set Wrench to get into the hole that's 4" in dia. in the router table base plate,that's Alum. pop out quick and easy.
The router base will lift out but it's more work that I don't want to do and the fence will just swing back about 4" so get into the hole quick and easy.

I just raise the bit up by 1" or so lock it and take it out bit and put a new one in.
When I use the BIG panel bits ( 3 5/8" in dia. ) the Wrench just slides under the bit and it's in and out in a snap/1/4 turn.


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BOBj3 i cannot tell which freud router you have. The new model FT2200 is better than the older model,for one reason. Freud realised the shaft was to short and added more length to the newer model.

I have both the old model and the new model. many times I could not get enough router bit height with the older model.. The new model works great.

Now about the springs.. I assume you must have the new model to be able to take bits out without lifting the router out of the table.

I would still find this more difficult with the springs in.. You are still fighting the spring pressure.
I take the router out of the table to change bits and i am able to Spin the black adjusting up to where i need it. Spinning is easier than turning a 1/2 turn at a time with the springs in.

When i need to raise the router up " alot in the table..I do something that may be consider dangerous, but i make sure there is no power going to the router.

I will grab the bit and put the router up, and reach under and spin the black knob up. This works very quickly with no springs.Once the micro knob is up..I make the final adjustment that is needed/

But whatever you get used to doing you will probably stick too.

One more thing i have found especially using large bits.. I depended on the micro knob to hold the router in place after i adjusted the height

Now i adjust it and use the plunge lock.. I had a large bit move slighly..probably should have been doing this before.

Hickory



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I just ordered a Hitachi M12V, and when it comes, the springs will probably come out.
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