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Old Craftsman Router 315-25031

by Dwain
posted 12-10-2017 08:20 PM


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ohtimberwolf

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#1 posted 12-10-2017 09:52 PM

This might help as I know nothing else to say. larry

http://vintagemachinery.org/files/PDF/Craftsman/1963-315-25031.pdf

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.

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Lazyman

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#2 posted 12-11-2017 03:28 PM

Did you find any old router bits at your dad’s house? Just wondering if they fit any differently than your modern bits.

According to Sears Parts direct, there is no substitute part for the collet or nut. Your only option may be to find someone on eBay selling off parts. Even then there is no guarantee it won’t have the same problem.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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Dwain

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#3 posted 12-11-2017 05:43 PM

Lazyman,

I did. There were a few in the box with the router, some unopened! Those were the ones I was trying. Alas, no luck. I will try some of my current 1/4” shank bits and see what I can do.

Thanks for the idea!

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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LesB

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#4 posted 12-11-2017 11:38 PM

I have two Craftsman routers of that same vintage if not slightly older. They work great. I have replaced the bearings in one but they are standard size bearings available in most places bearings are sold. The collet is 1/4”.
They don’t have a lot of power to drive large cutter heads but otherwise they work fine. I also have three larger Porter Cable routers.

-- Les B, Oregon

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MrUnix

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#5 posted 12-12-2017 12:06 AM

I got a similar one as well.. beat to hell and ratty looking as it gets, but the thing is a workhorse and it just refuses to die. The collet nut does require a bit of grunt to get it to grab properly, but it’s not excessive. Is it not grabbing at all or are the bits just slipping once tightened. A good cleaning and some sandpaper on the inside to roughen it up a bit usually helps.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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Dwain

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#6 posted 12-12-2017 05:46 AM

Hey,

I went back tonight and tried to do a few things. I sanded the shank on the bit and applied a little more pressure when cinching down the collet nuts. Seems to have worked! I’ll test a little more to make sure the bit isn’t slipping during use. Thanks for all the ideas!

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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