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Offline Wwzesq

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OF 1400 plunge issue
« on: June 24, 2017, 02:27 AM »
Hello everyone. I have a question for those who have/use the of1400 router. How smooth is the plunge action?  I just picked one up yesterday and found that the plunge is a little "jumpy".  The plunge springs are also pretty creaky. Is this normal or do you think I may have gotten a lemon. I appreciate any insight you could provide -Z

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Offline Peter Halle

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Re: OF 1400 plunge issue
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2017, 04:19 AM »
Usually the 1400 plunges smoothly.  You might want to lubricate the posts and see what that does.  Was your router new or used?

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Offline geoffshep

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Re: OF 1400 plunge issue
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2017, 04:47 AM »
And make sure you have slackened the locking knob fully - I sometimes find it difficult to plunge but it is just that I have not undone it enough.  Keep doing it though!  ::)

Offline Naildrivingman

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Re: OF 1400 plunge issue
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2017, 09:45 AM »
I can check mine later to confirm, but I would say from memory that I have observed some of the same issues as you. I don't know that I would classify my plunge as jumpy, but I will say that there is some good resistance to it. Maybe that is what you are feeling?
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Offline SS Teach

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Re: OF 1400 plunge issue
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2017, 01:10 PM »
I just used my LR32 and my OF 1400 to put 66 parallel holes into a panel it was smooth as silk.
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Re: OF 1400 plunge issue
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2017, 01:54 PM »
+1

This is always the culprit for me when I feel some resistance on the plunge action.  The plunge is otherwise smooth in my experience.

And make sure you have slackened the locking knob fully - I sometimes find it difficult to plunge but it is just that I have not undone it enough.  Keep doing it though!  ::)
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Offline Wwzesq

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Re: OF 1400 plunge issue
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2017, 03:10 PM »
The locking knob is fully open, and I already lubricated the shafts with some light machine oil.  When I push down hard the action is smooth, but when I push down softly , say to zero out a fluted slot cutter, it seems to "grab".  I then have to push down with more force, driving the end of the cutter into the workpiece.  It's a brand new machine, not reconditioned, so it may require some break in.  The springs are really noisy going up and down, they creak like an old car I used to own.
Outside of this one issue, I really like the machine, but for the price I expected that it would plunge more smoothly than my $200.00 Dewalt 611.
One more question,  Do any of you use the "table extender" to cut rabbets/dadoes off the rail with the guide stops.  The little plastic foot leaves much to be desired, especially as far as dust collection is concerned.  Again, thanks for your help. -Z

Offline Naildrivingman

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Re: OF 1400 plunge issue
« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2017, 03:38 PM »
The locking knob is fully open, and I already lubricated the shafts with some light machine oil.  When I push down hard the action is smooth, but when I push down softly , say to zero out a fluted slot cutter, it seems to "grab".  I then have to push down with more force, driving the end of the cutter into the workpiece.  It's a brand new machine, not reconditioned, so it may require some break in.  The springs are really noisy going up and down, they creak like an old car I used to own.
Outside of this one issue, I really like the machine, but for the price I expected that it would plunge more smoothly than my $200.00 Dewalt 611.
One more question,  Do any of you use the "table extender" to cut rabbets/dadoes off the rail with the guide stops.  The little plastic foot leaves much to be desired, especially as far as dust collection is concerned.  Again, thanks for your help. -Z

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Offline Wwzesq

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Re: OF 1400 plunge issue
« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2017, 12:12 PM »
I will, thanks

Offline Jesse Cloud

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Re: OF 1400 plunge issue
« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2017, 01:09 PM »
The plunge springs being "creaky" sounds weird.  Never heard that on mine and its 10 years old with lots of wear.

Anyone else have a noisy plunge?

Offline drax

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Re: OF 1400 plunge issue
« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2017, 02:26 PM »
My 1400 has creaking springs (as loud as my legs) but it plunges nice and smooth (unlike my legs). My 2000 is less noisy but still creaks a bit. I don't think a noisy plunge in a router is anything to worry about to be honest but not plunging smoothly over time maybe. The 1010 however is quiet as a mouse plunging but always sticks slightly even with 3 in 1 applied regularly and drags this dry brown gunk out from time to time!

Offline John Broomall

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Re: OF 1400 plunge issue
« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2017, 11:01 PM »
I tried out three at a dealer and two of them had creaky springs.