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Blog entry by Sivers posted 1683 days ago 972 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I was making good progress through my holiday gifts this weekend when my router refused to start. I checked everything over and didn’t see anything obvious. It was plugged in, breaker hadn’t tripped, tried a different outlet etc….The casing wasn’t hot and no smell of burnt motor (You know that smell) I have a Freud FT1700 about a year old.

I had been using it 5 minutes beforehand and it had turned off in its normal manner and then it failed to turn on. No noises or anything. I was worried my holiday gifts may not get done if I was without router for any length of time. After 2 hours still nothing and I resigned myself to look up the warranty coverage and how long it would take to get fixed…..

Finally about 8 hours later I tried one last time before starting to box it up and it started as per normal. I want to say it overheated and something inside tripped but that was the first thing I checked and nothing felt warm. Any ideas on what went wrong here and if I am going to be having this problem again?



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Rick Dennington

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#1 posted 1683 days ago

Greetings Sivers: Usually when something like this happens, it’s gonna happen again. It ain’t gonna get any better down the road. It sounds to me like the brushes may have gotten hot, or getting worn. It also sounds like the armature windings got hot, but without tearing into it to see you won’t know. If you didn’t hear any squeeling, screaming, then it’s not the bearings, I don’t think. If your mechanically inclined, I’d take it apart and check things out. After 8 hrs. it had time to cool off, so that makes me think it’s electrical.

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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jerry mayfield

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#2 posted 1683 days ago

Check the switch.

Jerry

-- jerry,mlchigan

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PurpLev

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#3 posted 1683 days ago

sounds like the switch. is the switch sealed (from dust/etc)? maybe something got in there, and prevented the switch from making contact.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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ajosephg

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#4 posted 1683 days ago

I agree that the most likely culprit is the switch. If not, it could be the variable speed circuit. Since it’s only a year old I doubt if it’s brushes or bearings.

-- Joe

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Stewy

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#5 posted 1683 days ago

That router has a switch and a variable speed control in separate areas, without a volt meter or continuity tester
it would be hard to diagnose. If the cord has been wound up a lot maybe its the cord which could be tested as well. I agree that the brushes or bearings should be ok unless something got in the brushes or they are somehow hung up. Check them for free movement. I don’t think it has a thermal overload in it. I would suspect the switch then the speed control after checking the brushes for mechanical movement. Hope you get it fixed

-- Dennis in Iowa "You can have 30 years experiance or 1 year 30 times!!!!"

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KayBee

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#6 posted 1683 days ago

Ditto on the switch. sometimes things get lodged in them preventing contact. Moving it around and flipping the switch moves whatever is stuck. Sometimes switches go bad interimly. They’re cheap and if it’s still under warranty, get it replaced before it goes out for good. Hope you get all your projects done before it acts up again.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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Glenn

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#7 posted 1683 days ago

I happen to have the Bosch 1617, and I know from reading reviews that it is prone to the switch getting too much dust in it so it won’t make contact, especially when used upside down in a table. Although mine hasn’t suffered from this problem, I periodically blow around the switch with compressed to air to clean it out. Occasionally I see quite a bit of dust come out. Might want to take a look at that.

-- Glenn, Arkansas

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Sivers

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#8 posted 1683 days ago

There was no warning or squealing…etc…I was wondering about the switch but discounted it when it started up again. It’s supposedly covered under a warranty so maybe I will take it to get looked at in the new year. (No local repair depot)

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ROY53

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#9 posted 1683 days ago

If (when) it does it again I’d sure hit the switch with compressed air. Good luck.

-- Roy L, Arizona

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stefang

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#10 posted 1683 days ago

Maybe it is the switch, but I have had the same problem several times with my hand drill and it has always been a break in the cord at one end or the other. Some times hold the cord a certain way it would connect again and the drill would run until the break moved again. Just my two cents worth. Would be nice to know what is was after you get it fixed.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Jimi_C

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#11 posted 1683 days ago

I have to agree with the consensus, it’s either a bad connection on the power switch, variable speed control, or in the cord. If it were the brushes, you’d most likely notice a drop in power when routing into hardwoods, since the brushes would not be making proper contact with the motor. I don’t think you’d see a flat out dead tool from brushes that quickly, though I may be mistaken. As suggested, it could be that a piece of wood got sucked into the motor housing and interfered with the brush contacts.

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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bigike

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#12 posted 1683 days ago

i have to go with jerry on this one have th swith replaced same thing happened to my craftsman a year or two after i bought it and i put it to get fixed and it was the switch if u can just to save yourself some hassel try to change it yourself.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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lumberdog

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#13 posted 1683 days ago

It could be the switch, but first i would check the wires where they enter the case. one of them could be broken and you got it in the right position to make contact.

-- Lumberdog.. Michigan

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Scott

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#14 posted 1682 days ago

Could it be a safety lockout? Does this router have a spindle lock?

-- Making Wood Shorter, One board at a time

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OhValleyWoodandWool

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#15 posted 1681 days ago

sounds like a loose connection in the switch or a short in the cord

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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