Spring Removal - Canadian Woodworking Magazine

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Spring Removal



As I mentioned in our last issue, I am always asked at wood shows how I adjust my router so easily.

Many woodworkers have plunge routers mounted in their router tables and can’t adjust the height of the routers as easily as they see me do it. The reason: they have not removed the springs from the plunge mechanism. I will, therefore, take you step-by-step through removing the springs from most of the common routers on the market.

This issue we will look at the Dewalt 625. If you have another type of router watch for it to be covered in future articles.

Make sure that your router is always unplugged before attempting any procedures such a those listed in this article. SAFETY FIRST!
 
Step 1
Lay the router on it’s back with the threaded rod face up and lock it into position.
 
Step 2
Remove the large nut and the knurled slip nut that are at the top of the rod.
 

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Step 3
Lay the router on it’s back with the lock mechanism down to the table surface.
 
Step 4
With your body against the base plate, and your hands on the router, release the lock mechanism. The base will press against you and will start to slide off.
 

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Step 5
When there is no pressure against you, grab the base and pull the base off. The springs will be hanging from the router.
 

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Step 6
Begin pulling the springs out of the body and as you pull, bend them down a bit. This will grab the two brass colored tubes inside the springs. They are inside the springs to keep the springs from coiling up on themselves.
 

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Step 7
Slide the base back into the router body. Make sure that the threaded rod slides over the horseshoe shaped body housing. With your router on it’s back and the lock down to the table, the two columns should slide easily back into the body.
 
Step 8
Thread the large nut and the knurled slip nut over the threaded rod and turn them until they are about 3/4” from the top of the rod. Tighten with an adjustable wrench. Your Router is now ready to mount into your table and will be much easier to adjust without the springs installed.
 

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Safety Note: These instructions are strictly the opinion of the author and do not reflect those of the manufacturer. Always refer to your owner’s manual for exploded views of your router and, if you don’t feel comfortable with these directions, do not remove your springs.
 
Last issue: Removing the springs from the Hitachi M12V
Next issue: Removing the springs from the Porter-Cable 693



MARK EATON is founder of The National Router Academy