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Forum topic by groland posted 03-31-2017 02:42 PM 947 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-31-2017 02:42 PM

Topic tags/keywords: craftsman model 31517431 router router

I’m an idiot. Yesterday I bought an old Grizzly router table. It’s somewhat beat up, but for the price, I figured I’d save a lot of time over building my own. The guy who owned it built a basic birch plywood base cabinet for it, which means I do not have to to that. I can add under-table dust collection to the existing top port and have decent dust collection system (I hope!) That is until I inventory the parts and find out 1. it is missing critical parts and 2. they’re no longer available! Buying used stuff is really a pig in a polk unless you are very careful, which brings me to the subject of this posting.
Along with this purchase came a Craftsman Model No. 315.17431 router. It runs fine, so that’s good news. I looked at Sears’ site and, of course, this tool is so ancient, there are almost no parts still available for it.
I searched here in the LJ site and found some postings about this router from 2009! Several people owned one. So my questions are:
1. Does anyone own a manual for this router and if so might you be willing to copy it for me, sell it to me or give me some information on it?
2. Second, can anyone tell me how to remove the bit? There’s a 1/4” collet holding in the bit, but I can’t see how to stop the motor shaft from turning so I can undo it.
I’m an idiot because I bought this router! If I can get the bit out and put in one I will use, I might make a permanent-ue router out of it—perhaps hand held flush trimming or something like that. (Now I understand how some guys end up with 15 routers!

Many thanks,

Georeg
George


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#1 posted 03-31-2017 08:36 PM

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#2 posted 03-31-2017 10:13 PM

LDO2802,

Thanks for this link. It is extremely helpful. I was able to get the bit out of the router and am starting to clean it up. Also, I am starting to feel better about this whole situation because I believe I can either use his router myself or, in good conscience, sell it to someone who can.

Thank you again!

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#3 posted 04-01-2017 07:14 AM

You are very welcome.

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