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Forum topic by Mike789 posted 01-25-2014 05:30 PM 1434 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-25-2014 05:30 PM

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I have a Craftsman router and it will intermittently works, meaning I can turn it on 1 time and it works, the next time it will not. I’m not sure what is causing it, my guess is the switch is going bad. The router is roughly 8 to 10 years old. Does anyone have any thoughts what it could be? Would it be better to just go out and purchase a new one or try to fix it?

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#1 posted 01-25-2014 05:33 PM

Get another router, or you could buy a can of CRC electronics Contact Cleaner and spay it into your swich while working it back and forth, hither and yon, fore and aft, or port and stabbord.

By the way, what model is it? I junked a few of my old Craftsman routers but saved the switches, collets, lock nuts, base plates etc. I may have one for yours, or someone else here might.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 01-25-2014 06:00 PM

I agree with Dallas, contact cleaner could help. May be the brushes also. Spray them with contact cleaner too.

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#3 posted 01-25-2014 06:05 PM

check the switch. Had one go bad on myDeWalt, simple fix.

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#4 posted 01-25-2014 06:07 PM

Sometimes there is just some dust in the switch. Blowing compressed air in there may take care of it.


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#5 posted 01-25-2014 06:25 PM

Might wanna check the cord too, where it exits the body of the machine. I’ve had circular saws act the same way, it was cords that wore out where they enter the saw.

-- Bill, central where near the "big apple"

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#6 posted 01-25-2014 06:48 PM

Thanks for replying, I will try the cleaner first. My router is Craftsman 130.26620

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#7 posted 01-25-2014 07:23 PM

I have one that does that, the brushes were worn out. I bought new ones. I changed them. It works better but still not new. The armature is worn to bad.

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#8 posted 01-25-2014 07:53 PM

I’d check to see if the brushes are OK. If they are, then open it up and clean it with compressed air. It sounds like there’s a short in the power cord or on/off switch.

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#9 posted 01-25-2014 08:20 PM


Get yourself a welding tip cleaner or some thin tip files and clean the slots in the armature out, very carefully.
If you screw up the armature, you might as well toss the machine.
If the armature slots are full of crud, there is a good possibility that they are shorting out.

Good Luck.

Edit: This is interesting.

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#10 posted 01-25-2014 08:26 PM

I have 2 Craftsman and a few Bosch. The craftsman that went bad had variable speed and the board went out, so I just straight wired it and it works fine. I just don’t have the variable speed.
My other craftsman is still going strong.

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#11 posted 01-25-2014 09:56 PM

Before spraying cleaner in it, try blowing the saw dust out….then spray.

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