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Forum topic by Sumdume posted 09-14-2014 01:39 AM 1716 views 0 times favorited 28 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Sumdume

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09-14-2014 01:39 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question router

Last weekend my Dewalt 618 router stopped working. I took it to a local, authorized repair shop. His preliminary diagnosis was that the motor is shot. This surprised me because the router is only a few years old and has not had much use.
The repair guy mentioned that the problem might have been caused by a bad extension cord. He said that the Florida humidity causes more resistance in the cords and consequently caused the router to fail.
So now I have 2 questions for all y’all.
1. Are others having problems with Dewalt routers?
2. Is there any credence to the theory that old extension cords will cause power tools to fail?

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thedude50

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#1 posted 09-14-2014 02:49 AM

It’s not the router it’s where you live and the extension cords

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wseand

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#2 posted 09-14-2014 03:03 AM

Are you talking Extension Cords or the cord that came with the 618. I never attach mine to a extension cord, only directly to an outlet/safety switch. I don’t know about the extension cords in Florida, if that’s a problem, which I could fathom that it could be, I would pack my crap and move far away.
Either way I would buy some new power cords and make them a bit thicker gauge. If I am correct it’s a 12 AMP motor so don’t use long cords with it.

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MrUnix

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#3 posted 09-14-2014 03:37 AM

That humidity thing is BS, but running an extension cord that is too long or undersized for the load can definately cause problems (regardless of how humid it is!). What size wire and how long was the extension cord?

Cheers,
Brad

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#4 posted 09-14-2014 03:43 AM

Humidity doesn’t cause resistance.

Extension cords no smaller than 16 ga @ 50’, will prob not have enough resistance in most instances to make a difference at the tool.

It’s the connections at the cord ends that matter.

Bigger cords will never hurt, but the size doesn’t mean a single thing if the cord end is crap.

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AlaskaGuy

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#5 posted 09-14-2014 04:16 AM

50 years of working with tools and I don’t know how many hours of reading woodworking forums I’ve never heard of such BS.

I have 11 trouble free DeWalt Routers.

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#6 posted 09-14-2014 04:26 AM

I have two 618’s, and a 611 and I haven’t experienced any problems. Sorry you had bad luck with it. I use medium gauge 25’ extension cords routinely without issue.

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#7 posted 09-14-2014 07:08 AM

Alaska Dude you have far to many Routers, you need some intervention. Pick out your 3 least favorite and send them to someone in need.. DO it Now>>>>

BILL

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#8 posted 09-14-2014 01:06 PM

x1 MrUnix. I’d find another shop.

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dhazelton

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#9 posted 09-14-2014 01:11 PM

He took it apart? He bypassed the switch? He checked the brushes?

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Crank50

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#10 posted 09-14-2014 01:27 PM

I’d never run a high amperage tool like a router on any extension cord less than 14 gauge or any longer than 25 ft if possible.
If I had to go longer I’d make it a 12 gauge cord.

Humidity is BS. Salt water is conductive however, so avoid wet cords.

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AlaskaGuy

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#11 posted 09-14-2014 02:30 PM

Lance, since you’re in the tool review/testing business maybe you could check this humidity/cord and tool failure thing out and do an article on your website.

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#12 posted 09-14-2014 02:52 PM


Alaska Dude you have far to many Routers, you need some intervention. Pick out your 3 least favorite and send them to someone in need.. DO it Now>>>>
BILL
- wseand

Bill I really don’t want anyone to think you can have too many routers next thing you know is our spouses start thinking that way ,in particular my wife ,she thinks 38 routers is the norm :)

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poopiekat

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#13 posted 09-14-2014 03:07 PM

All a repair technician can say is the “motor is shot”?
Kinda like going to the doctor and having him tell you that “you are sick”.
Find yourself a real technician who can perform the simple circuit tests and isolate the defective part. This guy only wants to lay blame on you for the tool to stop working.

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wseand

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#14 posted 09-14-2014 03:28 PM

Now that’s impressive Jim. I am way behind the norm for sure, just in case the wives are lurking, 42 is the norm.

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#15 posted 09-14-2014 03:32 PM


Alaska Dude you have far to many Routers, you need some intervention. Pick out your 3 least favorite and send them to someone in need.. DO it Now>>>>
BILL
- wseand

Bill I really don t want anyone to think you can have too many routers next thing you know is our spouses start thinking that way ,in particular my wife ,she thinks 38 routers is the norm :)

- a1Jim


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