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Rowdy45176: the pin i am talking about is the pin that locks the shaft so you can change bits. i have mounted the router in a table and without the lock on the shaft i have to get under the table and wiggle the offset wrench to hold back on the nut that locks the bit.

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    Matthew Parker Apr 23, 2012

    Grab the end of lock pin (where you push) with a pair of vise grips. gently tap either side of the grips with a hammer until the retainer comes out. Tap back in with a socket that fits just over the pin.

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OK looked at a breakdown with 400 mag, and it looks like the pin is held in place by a long lever that goes down the side of the motor, that lever has a cover over it with 2 screws to hold it in place. Look at the side and see if it if what I am describing and then the pin has a piece over it and a spring to push it away from the shaft. Let me know if this is not correct and I will call Porter Cable for you and get them involved

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