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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 10-14-2004, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
 
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I bought a new Freud router for dedicated use on my router table. I saw the Router Forum instructions for removing the springs, which was excellent.

I contacted Freud to see if they agreed with the instructions. I was surprised when I was told that they advised against removing the springs. When I asked why, I was told that it was not necessary.

That seemed wrong to me, since on Router Workshop it appears that the springs have been removed from their table routers.

What about y'all out there? Do you say 1) remove the springs, 2) leave the springs alone or 3) it makes no difference?

Thanks in advance for your opinion and advice.
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 10-14-2004, 07:57 PM
 
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I removed the springs from my table router, it makes it much easier to adjust. Keep in mind I'm not the brightest bulb in the ceiling. I suppose altering any power tool in a way not prescribed by the manufacturer may lead to serious injury or even death, so don't sue me if the spring pops off and hits you in the noggin.
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Hi,

Believe it or not the issue of springs has been here before. If you go under search and type in springs you can read some other issues about springs or if you wish check out
www.routerforums.com/showthread.php?t=204
There is a safety issue when dealing with routers and taking out the springs....... At least read the last post of mine on that thread before you decide what you want to do.

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Thanks, Ed. From what I've read, there doesn't seem to be a downside to removing the springs.
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When you make height adjustment from under the table you will be fighting the spring pressure as well as trying to get the correct height.
On some tables this is hard enough to do the adjustment. maintain that exact setting and lock the clamp.


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I have a Freud router in my table which I didn't remove the springs because I didn't want to alter the tool as it was new. I mounted a small hydraulic jack under the router which makes it really easy to get the height adjustments I want.
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Although I haven't done it myself I have seen plenty of advice from others as to the rmoval of springs and they seem to have done it fine. I would be one to do it too.

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I bought a new Freud router for dedicated use on my router table. I saw the Router Forum instructions for removing the springs, which was excellent.

I contacted Freud to see if they agreed with the instructions. I was surprised when I was told that they advised against removing the springs. When I asked why, I was told that it was not necessary.

That seemed wrong to me, since on Router Workshop it appears that the springs have been removed from their table routers.

What about y'all out there? Do you say 1) remove the springs, 2) leave the springs alone or 3) it makes no difference?

Thanks in advance for your opinion and advice.
I have a M12v in a table, it sure makes it easier to fine adjust bit height with out the darn springs. Of course I never use that router for freehand etc.
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The best thing I have seen for adjusting the height with ease in a table was what Norm Abrams used 10 years ago in his original table.
This was a flexible shaft fitted to the router height adjuster with a wheel on the front of the table.
It was noticable that he didnt use in in his new table.
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post #10 of 21 (permalink) Old 10-27-2004, 07:42 PM
 
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I was hesitant about removing the springs but since many have then I have no
qualms about doing so. Thank ya"ll.
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