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  • Removing springs from Craftsman router

    Hey everyone,

    I've got a Craftsman double base router kit -- I believe it's this one: http://www.sears.ca/gp/product/B000V...deid=396992011

    I've recently built my own router table and would like to use this router in its plunge configuration for the table but I don't know how to remove the springs from it; all the discussions I've seen are about removing springs from dedicated plunge routers (which I'd eventually like to get for my table, but for the time being, I must use this router).

    I've posed this question to Sears, but I'm not sure what they're turn-around time is (or if they'll answer a question like this) so I figured I'd pose it here, as well.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks,
    --Jeff

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    Re: Removing springs from Craftsman router

    I haven't seen this router in person, so I can't help with taking the springs out, but I have a double base Bosch system, and just mounted the fixed base to my router table. Then I just change out the motor for use with the plunge base when using the router handheld.

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    • #3
      Re: Removing springs from Craftsman router

      I went online to sears parts and looked up my model. The exploded view diagrams should give you a good idea how to remove the springs

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      • #4
        Re: Removing springs from Craftsman router

        I was going to use the fixed base but it actually doesn't fit due to very low handles :S

        I'm using the Lee Valley 9" round plate which mounts from under the table (http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.a...=1,43000,51208) and routers with low handles require extra work to fit; I think, after doing the mods, I'd be lacking a decent ledge for the support.

        I'm also planning on trying to cannibalize a spreader clamp to use as a router lift linked to a foot pedal; I'll post details if I'm able to get it working.

        Anyway; I figured it out. Had to remove a plastic cap on the top of the router base and remove one of those retainer washer-like things where you need to spread it apart to remove it. For those of us who don't have the special tools for this, I found the following worked pretty well:

        - grab two jewelery screw drivers which thin enough shafts to fit into the holes of the retainer washer (I don't know what these are actually called...?)
        - put them into the holes, and grab some scrap wood (I used left-over shims) to wedge between the screw driver handles such that they're splayed out at about 45 degrees.
        - compress the end of the screw drivers using the wood as a pivot point which will expand the retainer clip, and then lift up

        Essentially I just made a make-shift spreader/plier type tool. It's a pretty obvious solution, but figured I'd mention it in case it might help someone out.

        Cheers,
        Jeff

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        • #5
          Re: Removing springs from Craftsman router

          When you do get a new router you should loot at the Porter-Cable kits they are great. I have been using mine for two yrs and it's the best one I have ever owned.

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          • #6
            Re: Removing springs from Craftsman router

            Originally posted by carbonBased View Post
            I was going to use the fixed base but it actually doesn't fit due to very low handles :S
            Would it work with the fixed base if you just removed the handles?
            Teach your kids about taxes..........eat 30 percent of their ice cream.

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            • #7
              Re: Removing springs from Craftsman router

              Originally posted by BadgerDave View Post
              Would it work with the fixed base if you just removed the handles?
              Likely, yes; one of the nice advantages of the 9" Lee Valley plate, though, is that the router is easily removable from the bottom and can then be used free-hand without any need to remove the plate or anything, so I wanted to keep that versatility.

              Although... in retrospect, now that I've removed the springs, the plunge mechanism isn't overly useful after I remove the router from the table, and would require additional work as well, so I guess my point is moot

              I usually use the fixed base free-hand, it seems, so I guess I was just trying to keep that base in tact as much as possible.

              Cheers,
              --Jeff

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              • #8
                Re: Removing springs from Craftsman router

                Originally posted by carbonBased View Post
                Anyway; I figured it out. Had to remove a plastic cap on the top of the router base and remove one of those retainer washer-like things where you need to spread it apart to remove it. For those of us who don't have the special tools for this, I found the following worked pretty well:
                Cheers,
                Jeff
                I believe the part you encountered is called a snap ring and can be removed and reinstalled using these snap ring pliers.

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                • #9
                  Re: Removing springs from Craftsman router

                  Originally posted by killavolt View Post
                  I believe the part you encountered is called a snap ring and can be removed and reinstalled using these snap ring pliers.
                  I can't count the number of times I wished I had one of those pliers. They really are a frustration saver when you need one. They were something I always meant to buy but never seemed to remember to actually purchase. While at the store one day I finally remembered to buy them. A very handy $4 tool.
                  Teach your kids about taxes..........eat 30 percent of their ice cream.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Removing springs from Craftsman router

                    Originally posted by BadgerDave View Post
                    A very handy $4 tool.

                    Yes, Sir!

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