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Forum topic by thelt posted 09-13-2009 12:24 PM 1807 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-13-2009 12:24 PM

I just bought a new Craftsman 2 hp 10 amp Digital Plunge Router and the spring on the plunge system seems terribly strong. Has anyone experienced this? They are so strong I cannot use it to plunge route. Any suggestions?

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#1 posted 09-13-2009 01:00 PM

My only suggestion here , would be to take it back. If the springs are broke or bound up in side the sleeve, I don’t think you can do much about it. Most routers have a locking system on them also, maybe you could check to make sure that it is releasing. I have a older model, maybe three years old and have not had this problem. I am sure you have thought of all the above. Good luck, let us know how you make out.

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#2 posted 09-13-2009 02:18 PM

I’d say the options are to return, exchange, or modify it (change the springs). The plunger that comes with their combo kit seemed really smooth in the store.

If you do decide to get a different router and don’t need the variable speed, the Milwaukee 5615-24 kit has been on sale from Amazon for ~ $100 shipped. Extremely well made tool.

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#3 posted 09-13-2009 06:16 PM

I have a Porta Cable and its hard as well I tried to lube it and all it did was make go up and down smoother I think all 1/2” routers are all this way. I have an old craftsman 1/4” and its is not so I went looking at 1/4” new ones and they are much better in that respect. I know a sign guy that only uses 1/4” for that reason.

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#4 posted 09-13-2009 06:20 PM

I have an older Craftsman router that I thought had stiff springs as well… till I realized that the poorly place plunge lock was getting pressed when I would try to plunge. You may be hitting this as well without actually locking it, but putting resistance on it.

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#5 posted 09-13-2009 11:00 PM

I too like the Milwaukee routers but also have a DeWalt combo that is very nice too. I’d have the store check it out against another to see…

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#6 posted 09-14-2009 02:23 AM

Milwaukee is way ahead of sears,I never had good luck with sears products.

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