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Forum topic by Dhuff posted 09-04-2017 01:08 PM 621 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-04-2017 01:08 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router router table safety

So I noticed the Porter Cable 690 in my router table was starting to sound odd so I decided to switch it with a second one I keep in the plunge base. As I turned the router over several small pieces of black plastic fell out. I am assuming something fell down into the router and destroyed the fan. Has anyone else had this happen and did you come up with a solution to keep it from happening again?

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#1 posted 09-04-2017 02:21 PM

Did you take any photos? Do you believe the pieces came from inside the router, or fell down into it from the table? What sort of routing do you do, and have you had an incident that you can recall where a jig, holder, etc has hit the blade?

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#2 posted 09-04-2017 02:57 PM

Sometimes they’ll self destruct on their own, but falling debris is a problem with the inverted setup in a table.

I have a small piece of screen (maybe a 1/16” grid, not as big as hardware cloth) secured over my router intake to prevent just this problem.

Basically a hole for the collet , wrapped down the sides maybe an inch and secured with a hose clamp.

Need to make sure it doesn’t interfere with the lift mechanism (Woodpeckers PRL)

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#3 posted 09-04-2017 09:29 PM

Didn’t take any photos and the pieces definitely came from the inside. I was trying to remember something different that I was doing that may have been the problem but couldn’t come up with anything specific. A lot of what I do with the router table has a template guide and a 1/4” bit so there is literally no room for anything to fall in.
Splinter I was thinking about the same idea but was worried about the collet getting too caught in the screen. Sounds like I just need to find the right screen. Ridged but not to big of a grid.

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#4 posted 09-05-2017 02:25 PM

Yes, leave a reasonable gap around the collet.

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