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Hacking up Porter Cable Z-Axis

#1

Hello Everybody! Finally getting a bit of time to work on my Maslow and decided to start with my router to determine if I could adapt my current or if I should spring for the Rigid sooner than later. And with a couple hours of work I manage to get my Porter Cable with the 6931 Type 2 base working!

The router didn’t have a micro adjust but there was a hole on one side that looked like it have be for one.

Removing the limit knobs and lock level exposes the internal springs, which I removed.

Eye-balling where I’ll glue the nut in place.

Cut a long bolt to act as a threaded rod.

With motor attached it looks good.

Glued it in place and attached the mount to a large block.

I don’t anticipate this will be a long term solution but will hopefully get me up and running so I can justify asking for more money to upgrade to the Rigid.

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#2

Nice job McGyver. Now we expect some pics of your cut-outs, post haste!

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#3

Wow that ti s a great job.

Thank you

#4

@morgan You glued the nut in place?! What glue did you use? Sounds like I need to get some of that glue!

#5

It was JB Weld Kwik, which I’m not sure I trust. I heavily scored the surface underneath the nut to increase grip. We’ll see how it goes… hopefully I’ll be fully setup some time this weekend.

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#6

Keep the threads greased to reduce friction and it’ll probably be okay. If your close to Houston bring it by my place and I’ll well it on for you.

#7

Yup, I sprayed some lithium grease on there because it was within hands reach but going to put something better on before use. Also found some plastic tubing perfectly sized for a dust cover over the entire thread assembly.

Nope, sunny California, plus I’m not sure the plastic router body would be too happy to comply with that.

#8

So perfect…I am going through everything to get my set up going. I am using the very same …the #6931 router base. I am wondering how long your version lasted? If you have any
thing to say about it, Please let me know. Thanks for your time!