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#1 posted 10-08-2018 05:09 PM

If it is not something simple like wiring or switch it is probably frozen bearings. You said it happened over night so it may have over heated the “dry” bearings the last time you used it and when it stopped it froze up. Can you rotate the spindle by hand? if not or it is still or noisy that is probably the problem Note: bearings have size numbers on them and you can buy replacements at most parts or bearing store….local retail or online. (a lot cheaper than from Sears Parts). If that is the problem you next problem may be getting the old bearings off if they are stuck.

Sears Parts store has an exploded view of the router where you can visualize how to disassemble it.

If you expect to use a router in the future now may be the time to buy a new one. New bearings will cost you about $20 and if the router has had a lot of use it may need new brushes too…a worn or bad brush may also be a cause of your problem.

-- Les B, Oregon

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