Router Maintenance

By Robert Robillard on Remodeling, Tools PLUS!, Workshop tips

Woodworking Router Care and Cleaning

As a carpenter I learned early on that tools need maintenance of they will not be ready for you when you need the. Your woodworking router is one of those tools.

Regular Routine Checking

You should conduct regular checks on the router so as to find out any damages.

  • Ensure the switch is operating properly
  • Lubricate and keep base adjustments clean
  • Inspect, repair any breaks in the cord.

Keep the Router Clean

  • Any enclosed routers should be connected to a dust collector. Failure to do this will put a lot of unwanted saw dust and chips down into the motto housing. Too much dust build up can prevent heat-issues and prematurely affect the routers operating life.
  • Removing any dirt and dust from the machine will help avoid overheating of the tool. Debris normally accumulates below and on top of the router. In order to eliminate this material, you can use a blow gun to remove the accumulated debris from the motor, collet, or the plunge.
  • Every so often remove the motor and housing cover and vacuum and blow out degree from th electrical components.
  • Keep the collet clean of debris.

Replace Router Brushes

  • The carbon brushes in your router should be checked from time to time. These are situated on the sides of your machine and can be replaced easily. Remove the cover to inspect whether the brushes are excessively worn and in need of replacement.
  • TIP: If you’re motor creates sparks during, it’s an indication that the brushes need replacing.

Overall Thoughts

For any machine to function properly, it needs to be maintained. As time goes on, you will need to change or replace worn parts.

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Robert Robillard

Robert Robillard

Carpenter / Remodeler / Editor / Writer / Video Talent

Robert Robillard is a remodeler, general contractor, and principal of a carpentry and renovation business located in Concord, Massachusetts. He also writes the "Ask the Carpenter" advice column in the Boston Globe, and serves as the Editor of Tool Box Buzz and founding editor of A Concord Carpenter . Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review - Tool and Product Review - Video Channel, , where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the remodeling industry. The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob <a href="https://profiles.google.com/concordcarpenter"

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