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Forum topic by Nicky posted 07-25-2012 11:47 PM 2044 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-25-2012 11:47 PM

My latest project is creating 3 shelving units. The edges needed a little treatment so a small 3/16 round over would get the job done. 15 shelves to route, easy-peasy. On the 14th shelf my trusty Bosch router developed a high pitch squeel; that metal on metal noise. Was hoping that it would be a simple brush replacement, but lots of life left in those little babies. Took it apart and found the lower bearing to be the culprit. Been searching for the past few days for a replacement, but the part was discontinued in 1996.

This router is the most used tool in my shop. It helped me build many pieces. It served a few years in a duel role of hand-held router, and router table. Bought in mid 80s as best as I can recall. No soft start, no speed adjustments.

Over the years I have received as gifts a PC router, a Triton and a Milwaukee. They have all been nicely stored but never used. I broke out the Milwaukee to finish the job, and it did what it was suppose to do but I miss my Bosch. RIP little buddy. I’ll keep searching for parts.

Am I a toll snob?

-- Nicky

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#1 posted 07-25-2012 11:55 PM

I’d only call you a snob if you refused to complete the job with what you had. Since you are fortunate enough to have the spare routers handy (and pretty decent ones by the looks of it,) then you arent a snob, just really particular and probably a bit sentimentel.

For what it’s worth, I absolutely love my Bosch router (1617) and will likely be purchasing another (just the router itself) to be permanently attached to the table. Then again, I may just get the Bosch trim router as my handheld.

Bosch makes great stuff. Your post actually reminds me of that. Find a used router on ebay and call it a day.

-- JC Garcia, Concord, CA : "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."

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#2 posted 07-26-2012 12:09 AM


Sorry about your favorite router giving up. Some years ago, I discovered that bearings ( roller bearings at least) were all marked as to size. If you have a bearing outlet near you may be able to get a replacement regardless of the brand of tool needing them.


-- ~You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.~ - Joe

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#3 posted 07-26-2012 12:31 AM

There may be some custom one-off parts in that router that can only be sourced by Bosch, but I doubt that bearings are one of them. Get the numbers off the side of the bearing and take some measurements and call your supplier.


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#4 posted 07-26-2012 12:33 AM

You are not a snob, you are just a sentimental fool :)

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#5 posted 07-26-2012 12:36 AM

I guess we all have a “favorite” tool that we’re reluctant to let go, but there always comes a time.

My “special” tool is a Craftsman 1/4” “Commercial” grade router. My wife got it in ‘75 for my 30th b-day. I was just getting into woodworking and had said I would like to have a router. She went to Sears and (knowing absolutely nothing about tools) asked for the best one they had. IIRC, it cost around $50 – serious money then.

I used it for years and every new project became a joke because I “needed a new router bit”. I had to replace the trigger switch about 10 years ago and the cord shortly after. It sits on the shelf most of the time now because I have other, better, routers. I drag it out sometimes just for giggles.

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#6 posted 07-26-2012 01:10 AM

Thanks guys. I thought this post would resonate with others. LJs is the only place I could whine about this and be understood.

My calipers are out and I’m taking measurements and will try to get a replacement. I know that I’m blessed to have an arsenal of other routers to choose from, I just never thought of being that attached to my tools.

-- Nicky

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#7 posted 07-27-2012 04:28 PM

Just take your bearing to the store and they will just measure it and I am sure they have something that will work…. I did this several times on some machines, thinking I was in for a long hunt and they fixed me right up…. I bet they have a replacement that is better than what you had. Might be a good time to see if there is another bearing you can replace at the same time as well…... We all get attached to certain tools….. Did your little buddy give up on you? So don’t give up on him…..

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#8 posted 07-27-2012 06:30 PM

You are not a tool snob! When people create things, the tools they use and the items they create are extensions of themselves. Love and respect to all things yields much success!

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#9 posted 07-27-2012 06:37 PM

thoroughly clean off the wiped bearing and take a loop and see if there is a number engraved on it…..

Then call these guys up...

and they may be able to help you.

Bearings are most often unniversal items and as long as the id, the od and the type of bearing are the same, it doesn’t matter if it’s a “Bosch replacement part” or not

take note though… some bearings have to be installed with correct orientation to the direction of the thrust to work properly.

-- 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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#10 posted 07-27-2012 06:37 PM

If you have the number ,a bearing should be easy to find.

-- Bert

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#11 posted 07-27-2012 07:02 PM

I certainly wouldn’t call you a snob. And in most cases, it’d make perfect sense to fix a broken tool rather than simply replace it. The exception being when your 20 yo router finally buys the farm and you have three brand new ones ready to take its place :LOL:.
Unless you REALLY love that Bosch or REALLY hate the other three routers, I’d say my goodbyes and move on.

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#12 posted 07-28-2012 02:47 AM

I found new spindle bearings for my old Craftsman drill press that was made in the ‘60s at a local bearing supply. The parts are out there, you just have to know where to look.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#13 posted 07-28-2012 05:02 PM


The bearings only identifier was JAPAN…and no other numbers. I did have the Bosch part number.

I called VXB, and gave the measurements and the application, they had a match. ~$15.00 with shipping. Thanks ssnvet! I tried others online, got close, but no cigar.

Small price to pay to get my favorite tool back in operation.

As was pointed out in the thread, I’m a “sentimental fool”, but a happier fool now.

-- Nicky

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#14 posted 07-30-2012 06:21 AM


I have two go-to routers; my evs1617 and a 30 year old Craftsman. The Craftsman died, but I found replacement parts after a year of down time and it’s as good as new. VXB, as you found is the source and you probably know how to replace them. If not, here’s a video that may help.

Good luck


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

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#15 posted 07-30-2012 08:49 AM

A while back I posed the question here on LJ of tools that you just can’t seem to part with, or continue you use, despite having newer/better tools available. That tool maybe you’ve had since you started woodworking, maybe its not the most accurate, bestest in your shop, but you know it like the proverbial back of you hand. Not that your Bosch is not a great tool, but I think it kinda fits, its the one you like for whatever reasons.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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