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sillac

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03-06-2012 02:15 AM

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Working with a friends Craftsman router 315.25070, it stopped running in a heavy cut, it was warm but not really hot, and now won’t restart. Is there a reset on it? Is it toast? If so, what should I get to replace it? Thanks for any insight any of you can give me.

-- Steve in Oregon,


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#1 posted 03-06-2012 02:26 AM

Sounds like you melted some solder in the field windings. If it stinks bad like burnt wiring, its toast. Porter cable makes a great replacement and your buddy will thank you.

-- Denis in Grande Prairie. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mistery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.....Pink !

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sillac

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#2 posted 03-06-2012 02:29 AM

Thats the thing, there was no smell and the housing wasn’t very hot.

-- Steve in Oregon,

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#3 posted 03-06-2012 02:33 AM

Have you checked the brushes ?

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#4 posted 03-06-2012 02:49 AM

Check the brushes. I’ve has them fail under a heavy load.

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#5 posted 03-06-2012 03:18 AM

Most equipment now days has a thermal breaker. I assume you waited awhile and tried again. At that point I would say it is toast and would tend to agree with Denis!
PC, Makita, Freud, Dewalt and others make good tools.

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#6 posted 03-06-2012 03:20 AM

look at the brushes and while you are there take the top cover off and look for debris in the switch. If it is like mine it has a cable that goes to a micro switch and it can collect wood chips there causing problems. Just remove the plastic end cap and look into the top end of the motor.

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canadianchips

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#7 posted 03-06-2012 01:05 PM

Those models had trouble with the switch in the handle. Maybe it just needs cleaning. Dust gets in and dosn’t let the on-off switch contact properly.

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#8 posted 03-06-2012 04:14 PM

Mine has a cable from the handle to the switch with the switch located in the upper motor housing. It could be anywhere along the cable I suppose but my problem has been in the end of the motor every time. My problem was a little larger than dust. It was small wood chips. They occupy real space.

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#9 posted 03-06-2012 04:23 PM

I burned up the old one I inherited from my dad (trigger pushes cable to switch in top) years ago. I was pushing it to hard with a 3/4” cutter and the shaft flexed enough to cause the cooling fan blades to colide with the housing…. Not pretty!!

I just recently discovered that I also had a box with just about every Craftsman router accessory they ever made. So I picked up a similar but slightly newer model on ebay (switch is in the trigger handle) for a whopping $19.

If I didn’t have all the accessories, I wouldn’t have bothered.

IMO, you really need a 1/2” collet for any heavy routing.

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#10 posted 03-07-2012 02:32 AM

most likely the brushes.

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#11 posted 03-07-2012 03:19 AM

Most people think that routers run on electricity…this is false they run on magic smoke…if the magic smoke comes out they don’t run anymore

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#12 posted 03-07-2012 03:21 AM

doughan, what you just described is the brushes going,replace the magnetic brushes and, they work again!

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

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