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02-20-2012 06:13 AM

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Help! I have a thirty year old router that stopped working. Of course, me not being very mechanically sound, I pondered why this lovely Craftsman router wouldn’t turn on when I flipped the switch. I was told by a fellow at work that it was probably the brushes. I just gave him a blank look and finally asked if my toothbrush at home would be an ideal substitute…..He shot back an even blanker look. So, I wandered into my shop today and swooped up the wounded router and pulled out those bumbling brushes and noticed the concave wear they were showing. I went onto but they no longer have that particular part available…........HUH?? Great, what do I do now?

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#1 posted 02-20-2012 08:07 AM It may take some looking and research, but they will have what you need. You can also try, but Eurton would be my first choice. Good luck.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#2 posted 02-20-2012 06:47 PM

They are supposed to look concave, to match the curve of the commutator on the armature. It may not be your brushes, it may be your switch (most likely) or a break in the wiring. Take it to any service centre, they can tell you what’s up.

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#3 posted 02-20-2012 07:01 PM

You can go to a local electrical motor rebuild shop and they will replace the brushes for you and even make certain the armature and the rest is in good shape.

If it’s nothing more than brushes it shouldn’t cost much more than about $10.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#4 posted 02-21-2012 01:54 PM

Thanks a whole bunch, yous guys! It would make sense that it wouldn’t be the brushes; it hasn’t been used that much.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#5 posted 02-21-2012 02:04 PM

If you have a meter you can use it to check continuity through the switch when you squeeze it. If not the switch there may a broken wire to the motor as stated above. That happened to my Craftsman (Remington?) electric chainsaw—there was a broken wire to the motor that was as thin as a lightbulb filament. I repositioned them back together and put a blob of solder on it and it has held (I couldn’t use a splice, the wire was so thin it wouldn’t support the weight!).

But I would look at this as an opportunity to buy a new Bosch or Milwaukee.

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#6 posted 02-22-2012 01:28 AM

Well it’s a craftsman (sears, blech!) but it WAS made in the USA. That’s how you can tell its old. My dad gave it to me a couple years ago. He said he had only used it a few times, and I’ve not used it all that much either. So that’s why I wondered if it was the brushes. I am probably going to have to see if I can take it to some place to get it looked at.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#7 posted 02-22-2012 03:19 PM

Definitely not brushes if it hasn’t seen much use. You might just need things cleaned and lubed. You could try a bit of contact cleaner for electronics (Radio Shack) shot into the switch and/or lock button. I had a very tiny spider make a nest in the switch assembly of my motorcycle’s turn signal switch. Anything can happen.

I understand wanting to keep things that still work. I have a 1970s Sears hand held power planer I bought for $15 at a yardsale. I always look at the Makita and want it but as infrequently as I use one, it makes no sense buying new if used will do.

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#8 posted 02-23-2012 03:21 AM

Post the model #

I burned up the one I inherited and just replaced it with an e-bay find.

There are several similar, but slightly different…

They share many parts

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt

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#9 posted 02-23-2012 03:43 AM

Maybe these folks could help you out.

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