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post #1 of 8 Old 11-26-2014, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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I [probably] broke my router

Hello! I have a Freud router, model Freud FT1702 (I think) with the fixed base only. Last night I had it placed temporarily on a shelf, I thought it was there securely, and... Well, it fell. The plastic base got cracked, which would probably be a cheap repair. BUT... there seems to be something grievously wrong with the motor as well. When I start it, it's a bit louder than usual, and it emits a bit of a smell. I was thinking MAYBE the brush assembly got partially dislodged or something and maybe that's the issue. Is there any hope?
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post #2 of 8 Old 11-26-2014, 05:41 PM
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You should have it looked at.

Dont ever mess with tools that arent operating correctly.

Thats the easiest way to get injured or lose a body part.
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post #3 of 8 Old 11-26-2014, 06:15 PM
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I doubt if it can be repaired ....

Since it is not longer in production AFAICT. I own 3 of them and they are a great router. Before tossing it into into the dumpster, I would remove the base, spin the arbor to make certain it spins freely and then plug it in for a few seconds, then a few minutes. If the smell goes away it may have just been dust that got shaken loose and is getting burned off.

It should sound as close to what you remember as before. See if the variable speed functions. If all seems well then you might want to take it to a tool repair facilty for a "check up". That may seem redundant but getting a pro to look at it won't hurt AND if there is nothing wrong , there will likely no charge.

The base can possibly be replaced with a universal plate from Rockler, Amazon or other source.
That's what I would do, but then I keep mine stored in the drawers....... where they can't fall. I can always knock mine off the bench to see if they still work.....

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I'm surprised it hurt it just falling off the shelf. Mine sailed across the shop three times before it got that bad. It might be the body of it is just a little twisted. You might just loosen the screws that hold it together and wiggle it around until it loosens up and then tighten it back.
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I'm surprised it hurt it just falling off the shelf. Mine sailed across the shop three times before it got that bad. It might be the body of it is just a little twisted. You might just loosen the screws that hold it together and wiggle it around until it loosens up and then tighten it back.
That sounds like a hell of a story!

On topic, it could be that one of the brushes cracked and is rubbing funny. I'd pop those out and check, shorty before disassembling the tool and making sure nothing is obviously broken.

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That sounds like a hell of a story!

On topic, it could be that one of the brushes cracked and is rubbing funny. I'd pop those out and check, shorty before disassembling the tool and making sure nothing is obviously broken.
I had a bosch router that the base wouldn't stay locked to the router. I think the router body was just undersized. It kept ruining work I was doing. The first time it ruined something important I threw it across the shop and it broke the base. I then bought a new base for it and the new base did the same thing so it had two more repeat trips. I then replaced it with a HF router and have had no more problems.
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I would suggest contacting someone from here:
http://www.freudtools.com/index.php/contact

Even though the 1700 series is no longer in production, they did come with 5 year warranties so parts and service should still be available. Obviously dropping the thing likely won't fall under warranty but you should be able to get an idea of what it will take to fix it.
I have two 1700's and a 3000 and have had good service from their support staff.
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