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Forum topic by ScottKaye posted 11-06-2018 11:43 PM 751 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ScottKaye

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11-06-2018 11:43 PM

So my old MLCS 3 1/4hp router motor had developed too much runout. When using a Whiteside Ultimate trim bit I was getting severe tear out on end grain (which this bit absolutely should not do) to the point it was frightening to use the router at all. I brought out the dial gauge and measured .040 runout, yes.. forty thousands of an inch on the top bearing. I suspected a bad collet so I replaced it with a porter cable 1/2” collet and got a much better but still scary .014” runout on the top bearing. trying to figure out if it was the bit or the router that was bad, I took the bit to my buddies shop and popped it in his table and we measured .001 runout which is acceptable in my book. Anyway. I called MLS to tell them of my woes and low and behold, my 3-year warranty had JUST expired (back in June) and they couldn’t (wouldn’t) do anything about it other than to transfer me to their “woodworkers” for technical help!! Yeah, right we all know where that went.

Anyway, enter the Portercable 7518. The one I should have bought initially. I’m currently in the process of replacing the old MLCS router with the Porter Cable. I’ve cleaned up the Woodpeckers PRL-V2 lift (which is awesome by the way) It has over three years worth of grime and sawdust and things have started to not work as smoothly as when it was new. I cleaned the columns and the lift screw of all dust, grime, and rust (minimal) and that has helped make it operate like new again. The thumb wheel was difficult to adjust before, now it turns with light effort. Now for my question. Congrats for making it this far. Does anyone know of a way to adjust the micro-adjusting scale as depicted in the photo below? You are supposed to be able to press down on one side of the disk and spin it to usually ‘zero’ to start your micro adjusting. I can barely move mine and it requires quite a bit of force with 2 fingers to get it to move. I have always thought this dial to be a little tough to move but this is just ridiculously tight. It spins just fine in conjunction with the thumb wheel. I think its just pressed on and may just be gummed up. Perhaps a shot or two of W-40? Ill give Woodpeckers a call tomorrow if no one has ideas.

Thanks

Scott

-- "Nothing happens until you build it"


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Rayne

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#1 posted 11-07-2018 12:24 AM

Found this video. He spins it quite easily, so maybe there’s some gunk underneath to create a lot of friction.

https://youtu.be/gy3XdDIIA0M?t=227

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#2 posted 11-07-2018 12:39 AM

Thanks, Rayne. Yeah, mine spins nowhere near that easy. An update to the new router. Just got finished installing it into the lift and measured .001” runout on the top bearing of the Whiteside Ultimate Trim bit with a precise bits collet. I took the bearing off and measured .0005 runout on the shaft. Not Bad! nice to be back in business. Just need to get that disk to turn easier

Scott

-- "Nothing happens until you build it"

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#3 posted 11-08-2018 05:16 PM

update – I did a thorough cleaning of my lift with wd-40 then followed it up with a wipe down and an application of Rem Oil (lightweight gun oil) which should protect and lubricate the lift screw and shafts. I sprayed a few drops in the metal adjusting scale and began turning (required lots of force to move) the disk with the aid of a metal pic (in the knurled dimples). It slowly started turning easier so I added more oil and eventually whatever gunk had made the disc very difficult to spin now moves freely with very little effort! so voila. fixed!

As a side note, I spoke with Woodpeckers customer service and they offer free repairs of these units should you ever need it. That’s diagnosis, repair, parts, and labor and return shipping included. You just have to pay to get it there. That’s a lifetime warranty folks. You can’t complain about that! They did say its ok to clean your PRL-V2 with wd-40 but try not to use that as the lubricant. you need to apply a light 3 n 1 machine oil or gun oil as I used. WD-40 leaves behind a sticky residue that attracts dust and we all know how dusty it is under our router tables!

hope this helps someone in the future.
Scott

-- "Nothing happens until you build it"

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