Cheap 20€ router from big box store:
Plus plastic lock lever:
Equals a lot of frustration. This thing wears out so quick that it started playing me tricks after the first 10 uses or so.
Having two of these, one here and one at the parents’, I took benefit of spending my holidays at their place to quickly mill two replacement levers, out of steel bar. I brought one home and finished it this afternoon:
I like the fact that these entry level routers have a pretty decent dust extraction port:
plus they pack a very decent amount of power, and can run up to 34K rpm without any vibration.
Having to finish The Teacher’s pencil box #1 before school actually starts over, I needed to fix the router so it wouldn’t play tricks on me while milling the already cut MDF parts I had prepared at my countryside shop.
Doesn’t look good, but definately does the job. No more play when locking the router, and a firm locking. Oh, the spring remained there, but I don’t see any practical use to having a spring there anyway.
So far so good, no more mixed feelings about the entry level router after fixing this first issue. Next one: the power button, to be replaced by a toggle switch and add a foot pedal option. All for under 4 €, thanks chinese eBay peeps!
-- Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...