A friend gave me their father-in-laws Craftsman 315.175040 router since he passed away and they had no use for it. I'm new to using a router (new toy!!) but am mechanically inclined so I don't think it's something I'm doing wrong.
The collet locking mechanism (where you'd push it in to "lock" it) won't budge. Is this a known issue on these or possibly just gummed up with saw dust and whatnot?
The bigger issue is with the adjusting ring. It seems like the red ring is off the "threads" so that when you drop it way down it pulls right up out of the base. Is that how it's supposed to work? I took a picture because it seems like it's about half a thread off where it should be sliding in. I have the screws out of the red ring (PITA!!) but can't get it apart to try to reset things and I don't want to push too hard to get it in the right track for fear of cracking something. Can anyone help?