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Forum topic by jgreasy posted 02-12-2015 02:46 AM 627 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jgreasy

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02-12-2015 02:46 AM

Topic tags/keywords: router dewalt dw618pk bit height

I just picked up a new DEWALT DW618PK 12-AMP 2-1/4 HP Plunge and Fixed-Base Variable-Speed Router Kit. I noticed that when I tighten down the cam lock on the fixed base, I can still turn the adjustment ring and thus raise and lower the bit.
I have tightened the cam lock as much as possible, but the bit remains adjustable… Is this normal? I’m concerned that motor vibrations might cause the bit height to change mid-cut.

I figured many people on this form have this router and can tell me their experiences.

Thanks,
JGreasy

-- Josh in Austin, https://dadmakesthings.wordpress.com/


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#1 posted 02-12-2015 03:57 PM

Is the adjustment ring snapped into the fixed base? And are there any adjustments you can make to the cam to increase the clamping force?

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#2 posted 02-12-2015 04:06 PM

paxiorion, yes it was snapped in and I tightened the nut on the cam lock at tight as I could. Eventually I could tell that the sides of base were being pulled together before it was fully grasping the router.
I took this as a manufacturing defect. I could have filed the gap in the base to allow for more adjustment, but having just bought it, I just returned it to Lowes.

The second one didn’t have this issue. This topic can be closed.

Thanks for your help.

-- Josh in Austin, https://dadmakesthings.wordpress.com/

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