Can't get Craftsman router apart...

tomplumDecember 29, 2008

Thanks to the lure of the Sears dump table, I picked up a cheapo router a few years back and tossed it in a router table so I wouldn't have to keep swapping routers out. Finally enough debris had gotten down in the mechanism to where it flat out won't turn so I can make a depth adjustment. Trouble is, I can't figure how to get the mechanism off the motor housing. Can anyone give me guidance here? Model 315.175100 Thanks.

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canguy(British Columbia)

Maybe this will help.

Here is a link that might be useful: Craftsman router

    Bookmark   December 29, 2008 at 8:52PM
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tomplum

Thanks Canguy, but I don't still have a clue. What do you see when you look at the diagram? I'm guessing that if I can determine a way to disassemble the ring, or maybe a twist with the strap wrench set to kill may help. I went as far as pulling the end cap out w/ the brushes and armature. In the words of Sargent Schultz- I see nothing- nothing!

    Bookmark   December 29, 2008 at 9:32PM
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canguy(British Columbia)

This diagram shows what look like threads on the motor housing. Maybe it screws off once the motor wires are disconnected.

Here is a link that might be useful: Craftsman router

    Bookmark   December 30, 2008 at 12:23AM
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tomplum

Thought that I would post an update thinking at some point there would be a person seeking to know the same thing. Tried everything I could think of. I won't even bother to list. In the end, I destroyed it piece by piece to find the solution. The collar distorted enough to where it would never come off the motor housing. Didn't even seem to have been run too hot. Correct fix for this problem: Toss it. Better solution: Don't buy krap.
But on the bright side I now have a motor w/ a 1/4 collect on the end...

    Bookmark   December 31, 2008 at 6:20PM
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lbpod

There is a lot of this type of merchandise out there.
They are built for easy, economic assembly with no
regard for later repairs. Don't feel bad, even if you
got it apart, the repair parts are probably not available.
But I'm like you, as I will destroy something if it isn't
made to take apart, just to see what the problem was.
The last thing I did along this line was cut open a
sealed refrigerator compressor to see why the motor
inside had quit, (yes, the refrigerant was evacuated
per EPA guidelines ;~)

    Bookmark   January 1, 2009 at 8:03AM
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tomplum

So the next odd question: What do I do with it now? I re-assembled the motor, hooked up the switch and light and it sings once again @ 25,000rpms. I have a die grinder. Make a little fixed grinder for something?

    Bookmark   January 2, 2009 at 8:32PM
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lbpod

Just tuck in up in the rafters. You'll eventually find
a use for it. But, utilize the 'Five Year Rule', which
means that if you don't use it in 5 years then toss it.
But also remember, the day after you toss it, you will
need it.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2009 at 9:15AM
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