What to do with an old router motor?

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Forum topic by JoshuaJCox posted 05-22-2013 02:40 AM 3462 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-22-2013 02:40 AM

Hey Jocks,

The other day a construction friend gave me an old beat up router. He was going to pitch it, but I couldn’t let him throw it away. The handles are falling off and it’s really no good for use as a router, but the motor still works great and I’ve been trying to think of something I could use it for. You guys have any ideas?



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#1 posted 05-22-2013 03:01 AM

How about a horizontal router table?


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#2 posted 05-22-2013 03:03 AM

If the motor and collet are still in good shape, then are all sorts of routing machines you could build it into, depending on your needs. has a bunch of examples.

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#3 posted 05-22-2013 03:18 AM

My first thought was also horizontal router.

-- Rick M,

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#4 posted 05-22-2013 12:25 PM

You need to mount that in a router lift. Most router lifts do not use anything but the motor anyway.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#5 posted 05-22-2013 03:06 PM

Good call. Thanks guys! This Woodgears guy is incredible!

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#6 posted 05-22-2013 08:04 PM

I’ve been a fan of Woodgears too. Many uses for a good router motor.

-- Tim S, WA

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