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03:20PM | 05/11/16
Member Since: 05/11/16
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Hi all,

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?



03:45PM | 05/11/16
Member Since: 05/11/16
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Just realized the picture is sideways and not near as big as I thought it'd be. I have some circles/text/arrows on it to try to point to my problem but I fear they're hard to read.


06:20AM | 05/12/16
Member Since: 07/22/04
649 lifetime posts
Actually that button is to lock the on/off switch so you don't have to hold it. The depth is adjusted by loosening that wing nut and rotating the base. If it fell out then you need to loosen the wing nut and thread the body back into the base then tighten it down. Larry


05:36PM | 05/12/16
Member Since: 05/11/16
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That's the issue tho, when I thread the body into the base, when it gets to be threaded in almost as far as it can go, the upper set of threads, it is off where the groove on the red ring isn't lining up to the high thread on the the body.


05:41AM | 05/31/18
You are not crazy...just use as a fixed router with a jig

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