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Forum topic by Pantherjoe posted 06-22-2016 12:52 PM 699 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-22-2016 12:52 PM

I have a Porter Cable 890 series 2 1/4 hp router in a craftsmen aluminum router table.While using the router it gets extremely hot, so much as the table top is almost to hot to touch, and the router it self is to hot to make any adjustments or change out the bits. While running it sounds normal( my first router so I assume the sound is normal),I do not get the smell of an over heating electrical motor.It is in an en-closer but use dust collection so there is plenty of air movement around it.
Bottom line…is this normal?
Thanks in advance for any advice/comments.

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#1 posted 06-22-2016 12:55 PM

I don’t know why it’s hot, but I have the same router in my router table, and it doesn’t get very hot.

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#2 posted 06-22-2016 01:06 PM

Try blowing it out with compressed air. I have the same router in an enclosed cabinet with dust collector for air movement and it doesn’t get hot.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#3 posted 06-22-2016 06:36 PM

If it’s too hot to touch, then it’s way too hot. There is a problem with ventilation either in your setup or in the router housing. You say it’s in an enclosure w/ dust collection. Is there adequate cross flow in the enclosure? In other words, you have the DC sucking air out, but do you have ports on the opposite side for fresh, cool air to enter? If so, then I would pull the router apart and clean it really well inside the housing.

Good Luck!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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