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Forum topic by Johnnyv99 posted 12-29-2016 08:04 PM 458 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Johnnyv99

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12-29-2016 08:04 PM

My DW 618 Router squeals when turning off and on. I believe that it is the bearings. The local Dewalt repair shop wants $99.99 to repair. My thinking is that if I put that kind of money in a 15 year old router, I could have other or the same issues again. I’ve looked into other routers for my router table (which this is used for) and the most popular seems to be the PC 75182. Amazon has this for $305. I’ve read reviews and am worried about the motor life on newer models of this router. I would appreciate the groups thoughts on this.

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#1 posted 12-29-2016 08:12 PM

Or just fix it yourself for a few bucks (less than $10).

Cheers,
Brad

PS: Bearings are a maintenance item and don’t last forever. About the only thing that can go bad on that router is the bearings and brushes (and perhaps the switch)... properly maintained, ‘motor life’ is almost indefinite, regardless of manufacturer.

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#2 posted 12-29-2016 08:40 PM

If you’re looking at replacing it anyway you have nothing to lose by taking it apart first following this vid. And you may want to examine the brushes while you’re in there, they may be pretty worn.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmaSmYnWbCY

If it looks like it’ll be an easy reassembly just order up the bearings at some place like Accurate Bearings.

http://www.accuratebearing.com/

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#3 posted 12-29-2016 08:50 PM

Good point – whatever you do, don’t get them from the OEM or one of the aftermarket suppliers specific to the tool. According to the parts diagram, it has a 6001 (~$2) and a 6005 (~$4) bearing it in. Ereplacement parts wants $11 and $18 respectively for them. Dewalt wants $10 and $16 for them. Pretty big markups for off the shelf bearings that you can get for about $6 from a bearing supplier :)

Cheers,
Brad

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#4 posted 12-31-2016 01:34 AM

Thanks guys, I will try the repair. Need a bearing puller (Amazon, $9.00) and the bearings. The repair doesn’t look too bad. That is if I can keep all the screws in the right order, and take a lot of phone pictures.

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#5 posted 12-31-2016 02:04 AM

You can probably get by without a bearing puller… there are many ways to get them off without one. But three jaw pullers and bearing splitters can make things easier if you have them handy.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#6 posted 12-31-2016 12:02 PM

Johnny, if you do get to purchasing a new router, check out the Triton 3 1/4hp plunge router. It is one very nice tool, smooth start and a work horse. I have had mine for over a year and it is one of the best newer tools I have purchased. Have fun, make some dust.

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#7 posted 01-01-2017 02:50 PM

You can just suspend the motor by the bearing and drive the motor shaft off with some soft hammer blows. Or possibly just use a small c clamp.

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