Weak Porter Cable Router

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Forum topic by Stargazer posted 617 days ago 561 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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I recently purchased a used PC 7529 router off feebay for more than I shoiuld have paid. The router looked close to new and I gave the jackass $165 for it. I tested it at first and it ran so I assumed all was well.

After the return period was over I finally needed to use the thing and it is so weak it barely routes a dado in soft maple. My 690 routers route rings around this beast. I have another identical router mounted for RP door styles and it has plenty of power. I checked the brushes and they look fine.

So what would be the cause this 2.25hp router being so weak? What can I do to get it up to snuff without paying for a new one? Do you think it could be the field and/or the armature?


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#1 posted 617 days ago

If you can check the amps it’s drawing while running with no load, that could tell you if the windings are at fault or if the bearings are dragging it down.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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#3 posted 617 days ago

$165 is a lot to pay for an out of warranty router…

With amazon’s current $25 off $100 bosch promo, you could have gotten the 1617EVSPK kit for the same price.

I’d give the seller a message and see what they say. Not likely, but there are some honest people out there.
It’s been more than 45 days?

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#4 posted 616 days ago

open it up. blow out the dust pay particular attention to the switch enclosures. check the brushes. replace if needed. try to seal it so that the dust cant get back into the switch areas, use a little SEEP (Super Elasic Sealastic Plastic). You can clean the armature with a pencil eraser

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#5 posted 615 days ago

My guess is the guy knew the motor was NFG. A small motor repair shop might be able to help.

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#6 posted 615 days ago

Some routers for solid surface counter tops are 220 volt.

-- Custom furniture

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