Repair or Replace Router? (Dewalt 625 has bit the dust....)

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Forum topic by iozl posted 12-26-2011 02:18 AM 4984 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-26-2011 02:18 AM

Topic tags/keywords: router dewalt 625 armature router replacement

My main table router – a Dewalt 625 started sounding ‘funny’ the other day (difficult to tell exactly since I always wear hearing protection when it’s running) and today smoke started emerging from the motor. Needless to say, the armature has essentially seized.

I assumed that I would need to purchase a replacement, but saw that they sell armatures online for 1/3 the price of a new one. Is it well within a DIY operation to just replace the armature and save some $, or should I just go ahead and replace it? What is the hassle factor on replacement like?

As an aside, I’ve been pretty happy with the router until now – I’ve been using it for 4 years most weekends, and it was purchased by the previous owner in 1997, so I guess it’s been a fairly reliable piece of equipment. Just wasn’t planning on shelling out $300 this week to get another one.

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#1 posted 12-26-2011 02:39 AM

Generally sounding funny followed by smoke tends to be the brushes going out, so I’d check those while I was at it.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#2 posted 12-26-2011 03:16 AM

Besides the armature you will need to replace the bearings. A careful inspection of the field is in order as well. Do this before ordering the armature. If it scuffed, scraped or burnt, you may need more than an armature. Brushes and brush holders are a given. The insulating sleeves on the holders melt and deform when you let the smoke out. Not bad to replace. Check the bearing seats, especially if you find wear marks on the field or old armature. bad bearing seats would be considered a ‘fatal’ flaw in the refurb arena.
Good luck!

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#3 posted 12-26-2011 04:59 AM

Mikey has said it. – If one flaw leads to another you may spend $$ for a fatality. Even if the current bearings are good how far are they from the End? Get a new one.

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#4 posted 12-26-2011 02:22 PM

Replace it. No need to spend $300.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#5 posted 12-26-2011 02:53 PM

I’ve been replacing brushes, bearings, belts, etc. on my sanders and routers for years. If you keep up with the maintenance of these tools, they’ll last a very long time. Check out these guys for parts.

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#6 posted 12-26-2011 07:21 PM

Excellent feedback folks – especially on the other items that might be wrong with it.
And very good point on on the preventative maintenance – that’s something I definitely need to do more of.

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