My cousin (first, once removed if you're keeping score) has a knack for finding deals -closeouts, and so on. He recently found himself at Sears looking at some routers on clearance - all former displays, out of the box, never used, selling for $31 a piece. Too good a deal to pass up, he bought all four.
Of course, he didn't need all four, so calls were made to try to unload a couple before he got in trouble with the missus.
Sure. I'll take one or two at that price!
Naturally he was able to find enough interested parties, but I was able to snag one.
The first time I went to use it was to practice bullnosing for a stair job I was starting the following morning. I've only used a router once before (in class) and after a little finagling I was able to get the set up perfect. I was getting a great cut with no burning and only a little chip out on the ends.
Fortunately I knew how to address that... what I didn't no how to adress was this problem with keeping the locking lever down. Loosening or tightening it didn't help. It just wouldn't stay closed - and consequently the depth setting wouldn't remain fixed.
Now I was really regretting the great deal on this router, and I wondered if the other three were having the same problem.
Next morning I swung by the "big orange box" - I really didn't want to drop a couple hundred for a new router, even though I needed one immediately. I checked out the (similar) latching mechanisms on all the other routers and they really clamped shut securely. So this was how mine was supposed to function.
Didn't have time to see if I could get replacement parts at Sears (and really doubted I could get on off the shelf). So instead, I bipped over to the hardware aisle and snagged a long bolt and couple of nuts to clamp the adjustment thingie tightly.
Works great, though granted it takes a little doing to loosen and retighten to make adjustments. Not the ideal solution, but a workable one. This fix, and a benchtop router table (also on sale!) really helped me fly through those stair treads!
Voila! a 97 cent fix for a $31 router... if only I could find a similar deal on good bits!