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Forum topic by Splinter1 posted 04-07-2017 12:47 PM 466 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-07-2017 12:47 PM

Topic tags/keywords: 1613evs router


First post, although I have read for a while now.

I bought a used 1613EVS at a Pawn Shop for $50. It has been used fairly hard. I was 50 miles from the shop on a job and my router quit, so I bought a used one.

It all worked fine then the speed control quit working. About one time out of ten when I use it, the speed adjusts perfect. The rest of the time it is locked on full speed.

It needs one bearing, a new chuck, and a speed control. The chuck works it’s just starting to break. Approx. $50-$60 with shipping. Would you repair it, or just buy a new router?

It is a decent router, but I’m not sure it’s worth the extra $50-$60. It allowed to finish my job.

Thank you in advance for your help.

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#1 posted 04-07-2017 02:08 PM

Typical failure mode for switches and speed controls is dust. A good blow out w/compressed air can do wonders.

You claim the chuck (collet) is starting to break? That can be quite dangerous.

It’s a decent router, but given it’s apparent abuse it probably isn’t worth putting much into. You could replace the collet and use it in a router table.

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#2 posted 04-11-2017 07:14 PM

Thank you. I blew it out a few times, just to make sure.

I’ll keep this one and add a new chuck and maybe buy a speed controller for a table.

I’ll keep an eye out for a new one with variable speed for hand use.

Thanks again,

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#3 posted 04-11-2017 07:31 PM

its a great router, i have one but having been already used hard i wouldnt spend the money,better to put toward a new one.and as splintergroup said a bad collet and make a bad day-dangerous stop using it.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#4 posted 04-11-2017 07:51 PM

A separate variable speed controller won’t work with a router like that which employs a tachometer to monitor the speed and adjust power according to the load

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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