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Forum topic by cutworm posted 03-22-2012 01:21 AM 1280 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-22-2012 01:21 AM

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I have a Ridgid combo router and have the fixed base installed on a table. Twice this evening when I unlatched the lock and started adjusting the height the router slipped out of the latching mechanism and hit the floor. I double checked the latch and it was in place. Any one else had this problem? Started holding the bottom of the router when adjusting height. It can’t be good for the router. Maybe it binding in the base or something.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#1 posted 03-22-2012 06:01 AM

Many of the bases have an adjustment on the “buckle” or lever that locks and releases the motor. You might be able to tweak that just a little to create some drag on the motor in the open position. Honestly, this is one of the reasons I gave up on regular router base under a table in favor of a true lift plate. I just got tired of fighting the bases.

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#2 posted 03-22-2012 05:21 PM

I have that same set as you do. 2 or 3 time mine has fallen out and hit the floor too. I played around with the buckle part that Tom was talking about and so far it has helped. I want a router lift too, but at the present time I’m NFS.

J. Kietzer

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#3 posted 03-22-2012 05:25 PM

Jim K,
Consider a router with a built in lift, like the Freud FT1700. This a less expensive way than a separate lift.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#4 posted 03-22-2012 05:30 PM

Thanks guys. I had never given any thought to a lift but I may need to look at them. When it hit the floor I got a sick feeling in the stomach. Short term I’m getting something to put under it. Foam or something. Never had that happen on my old router.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#5 posted 03-25-2012 05:42 AM


My Rigid Router does have away of changing the bit height when it is mounted on a routr plate. I have an incra mag-lock plate and just drilled a new hole that lines up with the router adjust screw and use the ridgid tool to adjust the bit.

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