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Forum topic by Milo posted 06-11-2012 08:50 PM 1469 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Milo

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06-11-2012 08:50 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router question

I’ve got a Ryobi R130 router I have dedicated for use ona horizontal router table. Today the stupid thing just quit, mid run. It will fire up briefly when I hit the trigger after sitting a bit, but won’t run continuously.

Is it overheating? Brushes? Can someone please help me out?

Milo

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#1 posted 06-11-2012 09:05 PM

I’ve had that happen with various tools and turned out to be dust inside the trigger housing breaking the contact. I had to drill out the rivets holding it together to get it open, and use tiny screws and nuts to put it back together. My Ryobi belt sander does this about once a year, and I have that trigger taped together. Whatever works, ya know. I bet it’s the trigger.

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#2 posted 06-11-2012 09:19 PM

I think I can take that trigger apart. Thanks Ted!

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#3 posted 06-11-2012 09:21 PM

I had a similar problem with a miter saw I had and it turned out to be a broken brush holder.

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#4 posted 06-11-2012 09:21 PM

Of course you can, just make sure to unplug the tool first… LOL!

Note that Darrell might be right too. May as well take a look at those brushes and holders before you take the trigger apart.

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#5 posted 06-11-2012 09:21 PM

When you get it apart, try a little RTV or silicone to keep the dust out.

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#6 posted 06-11-2012 09:44 PM

I’m with TedW…

Might not hurt to Blow it out good with an air hose… just for kicks… to see if makes a difference… LOL

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#7 posted 06-11-2012 10:07 PM

Had a similiar problem with my previous table saw. Dust in the switch housing was the culprit as well. It was when it started smoking from the switch one day when I discovered the propblem. Untill then I just thought I had a picky saw. The wood dust caught fire. Luckily it was packed in so tight which kept it to a slow smolder.

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#8 posted 06-11-2012 10:26 PM

Could also be dust or corrossion causing the brushes to loose contact.

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#9 posted 06-11-2012 10:35 PM

The trigger looked fine. There was hardly anything in the housing at all.

I’m going to check the brushes. I noticed the slight smell of ozone in the air when I walked back into the shop.

This Ryobi really is a hunk of junk. Glad I have it for this purpose, but if I was using it for an all round router, I’d go nuts!

THANKS everyone! If I can figure out how to get to the brushes in this thing, I’ll let you know.

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#10 posted 06-11-2012 10:37 PM

If it is fairly new, take it back and get another one! Otherwise, I’m with everyone else and you got a loose/failing connection somewhere. It could be just about anything, so you really need to take it apart, clean it up and inspect. A cheap meter will also help trace down any shorts/breaks. Intermittent problems like that can be a pain.. particularly those that are thermal related (only happens when the thing gets hot).

Cheers,
Brad

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#11 posted 06-11-2012 10:50 PM

I think the heat might be a big clue. I would try to things.

First, if it stops working tap on pieces of it with the trigger on (but mounted safely) with the plastic handle of screw driver. If at any point it kicks on, you probably have a loose connection in that area.

If nothing happens, then try blowing inside the case with a can of compressed air held upside down. You will QUICKLY reduce the temperature of anything that you blow it on. And that will help you figure out if it is a heat issue.

Hopefully these two tips will help you figure it out without getting too far into it.

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#12 posted 06-11-2012 10:57 PM

Milo,

Did you blow it out like I suggested?

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#13 posted 06-11-2012 11:55 PM

Get some CRC Electrical Switch/Motor cleaner and shoot it liberally in to the switch, then tip the router so any liquid runs out. Could just be oxidation on the contacts. You can get it at an auto parts store, or get electircal switch cleaner at a Radio Shack if closer.

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#14 posted 06-12-2012 04:08 AM

Try bypassing the switch (safely) and see if it stays running.

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#15 posted 06-12-2012 01:11 PM

Took the router apart today. Surprisingly little dust inside the unit and switch handle.

I blew everything out and checked for shorts. The ONLY thing I found was one of the brushes had popped out of place. The brushes were in a housing and fit into a slot in the router. Now, it could have come out when I removed the housing, I don’t know.

Joe, I did blow out everything!

dhazelton – I will try that today.

roundguy – how would I do that?

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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