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Forum topic by Marcus posted 06-27-2015 11:05 AM 982 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-27-2015 11:05 AM

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I bought the Bosch 1617 router kit a month ago and I started having a problem with the motor slowly turning off. It first happened after the router had been running for about 10 minutes and the motor just slowly turned off. I let it sit overnight and when I used it the next day, it did the same thing. Now it will turn on, but within 15 seconds it will slowly power off.

Does this sound like the brushes? It is under warranty and I’m trying to decide if I should go through that process (which I assume means no router for a while) or pop it open and start diagnosing.

I really like this router and was planning on getting a second one to keep in the router table. I really want to finish the project I’m working on and am considering running up to Lowes and getting the regular base model. Am I throwing good money after bad, though? Or did I just get a lemon? I don’t think I did anything operating the router that would cause this. I’ve used it a lot over the last month making plunge mortises and in a router sled to flatten a top, but I’ve never taken more than 1/8” inch material at a time.

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#1 posted 06-27-2015 11:09 AM

Try cleaning out the switch. Mine gets filled with sawdust if I have it in the router table; it won’t fully actuate and some compressed air cleans it out.

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#2 posted 06-27-2015 12:07 PM

Try a Google search for that router kit. A friend on another site has been having issues with the same model router. He reports that there are quite a few people having the same trouble as you are having. May save you some problems in the long run.

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#3 posted 06-27-2015 12:08 PM

Anything you do is going to void the warranty…send it back.

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#4 posted 06-27-2015 12:21 PM

Tried blowing the switch out with air compressor and didn’t have any luck. Think I’m going to just send it back to get fixed.

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#5 posted 06-27-2015 01:40 PM

If it’s only been a month, Lowes might just replace it. I’d try that first. Or maybe ask if they’ll let you pay the difference to buy the upgrade model?

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