Step 8 Spindle Installation


The Shapeoko XXL supports the Dewalt DWP611 trim router and the Makita RT0701c trim router. Below you will find the installation steps for both these options.

Makita Trim Router

Carefully remove the Makita Compact Router from its packaging. You will only need the Compact Router, not the included straight guide.

Remove the Trimmer Base by releasing the black latch. This will unlock the Trimmer Base and allow you to slide it off the Compact Router.

Install the removable bushing into the spindle mount as shown in the following image.

With the removable bushing installed into the spindle mount, insert the Router into the Spindle Mount by pushing the z-axis carriage DOWN until it has reached the bottom of its travel. This will provide enough clearance to install the router into the spindle mount.

The spindle should be fully seated in the mount. Slide the spindle down until the top of the body, just below where it begins to taper, is touching the top of the bushing.

Slowly raise the z-axis to its full upright position. Fully secure the router into the mount by tightening the M5x55mm screws into the front of the spindle mount as shown in the image below.


Dewalt Trim Router

Carefully remove the Dewalt Compact Router from its packaging. You will only need the Compact Router and tools, not the included straight guide.

Remove the Base by pulling the black latch. This will unlock the base and allow you to slide it off the Compact Router by pulling it towards the end.

With the base removed, unscrew the plastic collar with the dewalt logo. This is not required when using on the Shapeoko XXL.

To install the router into the Shapeoko XXL, you must push DOWN the z-axis carriage until it has reached the bottom of its travel. This will provide enough clearance to install the router into the spindle mount.

Push the spindle all the way down into the mount. The spindle mount should be gripping the Dewalt at the very top of the body, just before it begins to taper out.

Slowly raise and then release the z-axis carriage. With the spindle in the full up position, fully tighten the M5x55mm screws into the spindle mount as shown in the image below.


Routing Power Cable

Push the X/Z Carriage (with Compact Router installed) all the way to the right (away from the Controller Box).

Push the router down, and pull up on power cord until it reaches the top left standoff of the z-axis limit switch plate.

The Compact Router power cable will be routed to the right side of the Shapeoko XXL (away from the Controller Box). To do this, use zip ties to secure the power cable to the X-Axis Rail Drag Chain every 6” (six inches) until you reach the middle of the X-Axis Rail as shown in the image below..

Use the adhesive tie down on the back of the X-Axis motor to secure the power cord.

Route the power cable back to the right side of the Shapeoko XXL and through the slot in the Y-Right carriage.


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