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mchapman87

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01-12-2016 08:17 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question router refurbishing traditional modern

I have a Bosch Colt Variable speed trim router. It has been stored in the garage unused for about a year due to a move. This past weekend I grabbed the router still in it’s case off the shelf to use for rounding the edge on an end table I was helping a friend make. Plugged in, set my depth and attempted to make a test cut to see If I was set just where I wanted. I hit the switch and absolutely nothing. I switched outlets, then I switched extension cords and still no gusto. I haven’t had time to sit down and try and figured out what was wrong with it. It had fairly moderate use when it was put up, but it never was abused. I’ve never dropped it or thrown it down on my workbench. I just can’t figure why it wouldn’t start. I used it before I used my plunge router ( if the project allowed) because it was smaller, and easier to handle. Has anyone else had this problem? If so what should I do to remedy it?

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes!


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Makarov

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#1 posted 01-12-2016 08:51 PM

Try turning in and off the switch 5 or six times quickley there might be somthing stuck in a switch. Try moving the speed switch multiple times. Are you sure there is power to those outlets they could be on the same breaker.

Make sure the brushes are in tight.

beyound that take it apart and look for loose or broken parts I couldn’t find a fuse mentioned in the manual but look for one of those.

If your not comfortabe taking it apart take it to a repair person.

Eric

-- "Complexity is easy; Simplicity is difficult." Georgy Shragin Designer of ppsh41 sub machine gun

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conifur

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#2 posted 01-12-2016 09:00 PM

I had that problem with my Bosh after having it mounted up side down in my router table. Repair told me in my case the way the fan works on it when upside down the switch get clogged with dust and should us a power strip to turn it on and off.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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716

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#3 posted 01-12-2016 09:07 PM

Pull out brushes and insert them back. Cleaning in between would not hurt.

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#4 posted 01-12-2016 09:12 PM

I did remove one of the brushes on the side and reinserted it where I took it out of, but that didn’t seem to do anything. When I get home Ill take another look at it. I usually have it plugged into a power strip. I have one mounted to my workbench. I made sure the strip was on and it didn’t work. That’s when I switched outlets and extension cords. The outlets were on opposite sides of the garage. two different circuits. I may check the switch, any tips on how to get in there to do so?

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes!

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#5 posted 01-12-2016 09:16 PM

You might try blowing it out with compressed air. That’s been known to work.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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#6 posted 01-12-2016 09:17 PM

I had the problem with the Bosch 1617 switch getting dust in it. Blowing it out helped for awhile but eventually had to put a new switch in it. Not sure if the Colts have a similar issue.

-- Dave, York, PA, WildSide Woodworking

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#7 posted 01-13-2016 03:11 AM

1+ same story as ravenstock.
My colt switch hasn’t failed yet, but non-sealed switches are prone to failure in cold or dusty locations.

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#8 posted 01-13-2016 03:30 AM

I had the same problem with one I left in my truck ,so after blowing it out, I installed a 1/4” piece of rod and chucked the other end in my cordless drill,after spinning it a couple times it started right up and every time after that.

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#9 posted 01-13-2016 03:59 PM



1+ same story as ravenstock.
My colt switch hasn t failed yet, but non-sealed switches are prone to failure in cold or dusty locations.

- pintodeluxe

I live in Missouri, it’s most definitely cold. How much will the cold affect it?

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes!

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