I bought a record 071 router (equal to stanley 71) $150 + shipping, from a tool fixer upper guy, so some cost was for reliability (though some $$ because these are now ‘collectable’). Making housing dadoes for my bench (rebuilding it to use Paul’s apron instead of current threaded rod reinforced aprons, another story on that), I found the adjuster dial keeps the cutter too high so it can’t make the 5/8″ depth of the dado, even without a wood base attachment. To get around this I disengaged the cutter from the depth dial and slid the cutter down so it is held only by the set screw. Is this the correct usage in this situation, or is there some other solution to getting more depth? It seemed to work (eg. I have a dado produced) but don’t want to mess up the router by wearing out the set screw etc if that is an issue.
This topic was modified 9 months, 3 weeks ago by Brian A. Reason: (edited post to make title more specific)
I went into the shop and checked mine. With a standard Stanley bit I get 13/16” depth of cut without disengaging the adjustment nut.
My guess is you have the nut upside down. The wide flange that engages the cutter should be down.
If you need more depth, one solution is to purchase a Veritas cutter. It has maybe 5/16 more reach in a Stanley plane. The only issue with using a Veritas cutter is that you then have to put the flange up to retract the cutter all the way.
But you won’t hurt the tightening screw. The collar is intended to take all the thrust. The adjustment post screw is just for adjustment, not to take any force on it.
This reply was modified 9 months, 3 weeks ago by Larry Geib.
Excellent guess! The nut was in fact upside down relative to yours. I guess whoever last owned it did not need very deep cuts.
It did work without the adjuster engaged: Before seeing this I made a second housing and finished the apron, but found that when not engaged by the adjuster, the cutter takes more fiddling to get it straight in the collar.
No thanks to me, Tad. I was using it with the nut screwed on backwards! Larry pointed this out (see above).
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