Skil Router 1825 works intermittently

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Forum topic by Rove posted 07-15-2012 03:57 PM 1361 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-15-2012 03:57 PM


I have a Skil 1825 router and it worked fine till my last project. Now it starts and stops intermittently and sometimes doesnt reach its max speed. Sometimes it slows down and stops half way thru routing. I am setting the depth of cut to 1/16. Does anyone know the cause of this problem?

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#1 posted 07-15-2012 04:04 PM

You might want to check the switch, might have some sawdust in it preventing good contact. A loose electrical connection could also cause that. Hopefully the motor isn’t on the way out.

-- John

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#2 posted 07-15-2012 04:31 PM

Check your brushes in the motor.

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#3 posted 07-15-2012 05:54 PM

Thanks John & James. I will check the electrical connections and the brushes.

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#4 posted 07-15-2012 05:58 PM

My guess, if not brushes, would be the cord. Many times, I have found on older or well-used tools, that there is a break inside the cord which, when bent just the right way, causes an open circuit. Also, the fact that so little copper is actually carrying electricity across the gap, there is an amperage loss which could explain the power drop issue. Please let us know what you find. Good luck!

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#5 posted 07-15-2012 11:40 PM

The router is new and has been used sparingly. So it highly unlikely that the cable is faulty. It probably is the brushes as James as suggested as I see the occasional spark from the upper vent. Tomorrow, I will take it to the service centre. Hopefully the motor is not damaged.

Thanks guys for all your inputs.

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#6 posted 07-16-2012 01:46 PM

Do you use an extension cord, or plug it directly into an outlet?


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#7 posted 07-18-2012 12:31 PM

Latest update…. The service centre has confirmed that its the brushes that is causing the problem. Expect it to be fixed in a couple of days and I should be on my merry way making sawdust again !

Thanks a lot guys for your suggestions.

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