What to do with an old router motor?

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Forum topic by JoshuaJCox posted 437 days ago 854 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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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 437 days ago

How about a horizontal router table?


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#2 posted 437 days ago

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 437 days ago

My first thought was also horizontal router.

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#4 posted 436 days ago

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

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#5 posted 436 days ago

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

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#6 posted 436 days ago

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

-- Tim S, WA

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