Router carriage help.

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Router carriage help.

Postby gpeck » Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:10 am

I have a black diamond, and I just noticed that I can move the router carriage about .02 " along the X axes by hand. Could it be the T nut? or something else?
Thanks for any info.... Gene
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Re: Router carriage help.

Postby Rando » Sun Oct 22, 2017 10:59 pm


When you say "move", do you mean move as in easily slides along the rails? or move as in flexes? If it's the first, typically called backlash, then I'd definitely check those t-nuts. If it's the first, well that my friend is the prime feature of all sharks: they have cartilage, not bone ;-). Flex is good...embrace the flex....

No, wait, flex is bad :D.

To find out if it's backlash, jog a tiny bit with your finger feeling the assembly's movement along the slide. jog and jog until you feel it moving, then jog back the other way. If that first tiny jog the other way doesn't feel any physical movement, then it's almost certainly backlash. And if that's the case, then those T-nuts are definitely the first place to look. Note, however, that blown-out T-nuts usually indicate a somewhat-abused machine that's been run to the end of it's travel, or worse, run into things. Hopefully this issue isn't just the first of many, right?

Hope that helps,


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Re: Router carriage help.

Postby tonydude » Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:16 pm

Check out this page for parts. T-nuts ... -repair/5/


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