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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-25-2018, 08:31 PM Thread Starter
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I have a Ryobi Re601 which I bought 20 years ago for a specific competition piece. I wish to sell it now but realize there are no parts for this machine which was built in Japan. If its electronic controller went is there another way to keep it working, either with another card from another maker or with an external device? I will not be selling it without this way- out if things go wrong.
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by pass the controller and add an external controller..
point.. the external controller will probably be worth more than the router...
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by pass the controller and add an external controller..
point.. the external controller will probably be worth more than the router...
The cheap one from Harbor Freight is 20 bucks less the ever present 20% off coupon. A lot of happy custoners. A good one can be had for around 30 or 40 bucks. The heavy duty one, not the cheaper one from MLCS is very good.(free shipping on anything).

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The cheap one from Harbor Freight is 20 bucks less the ever present 20% off coupon. A lot of happy custoners. A good one can be had for around 30 or 40 bucks. The heavy duty one, not the cheaper one from MLCS is very good.(free shipping on anything).

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The AEG OF2025e is the successor model in Europe. Parts may still be available here, but don't expect a speed controller to be cheap

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The AEG OF2025e is the successor model in Europe. Parts may still be available here, but don't expect a speed controller to be cheap
How much money does it pay to put into it? It is a gimmick that nobody else bothered to copy. If the OP is not handy enough or does not want to make the mod. then his options are limited. If he is not going for a cheap fix he might as well buy a good Bosch. It is useless in it's current state

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Hi Eric
thanks to you and the other respondants. This router I have has done nearly no work in the 20 years I have had it so now maybe I can sell it for a more modern one or use it in a table like Ron Fox suggested in his report on it.
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How much money does it pay to put into it? It is a gimmick that nobody else bothered to copy.
I may have the wrong end of this, but are you saying that a speed controller is "a gimmick that nobody else bothered to copy"? If so, I'd have to disagree, as almost every router I've bought new since the mid-1980s has been variable speed.....

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This router I have has done nearly no work in the 20 years I have had it so now maybe I can sell it for a more modern one or use it in a table like Ron Fox suggested in his report on it.
Well, providing you don't want to run large diameter bits (e.g. panel raisers or large diameter profile bits) and are content to stick with bits of say 22mm (7/8in) or smaller then the router is certainly still useable, especially for tasks such as mortising, template routing, grooving, cutting housings (dados), etc. The choice is yours.

I have found a parts listing for your router - the distributor in the UK is Spare Tool Parts UK and the listing page is here. Looking at the diagram I can see similarities to the design of the Elu MOF177e (later deWalt DW625 - Elu were the first router maker to produce heavy duty VS plunge routers in about 1979). One thing which struck me is that the RE601 uses a magnetic core (item #36) which seems to be similar to what Elu used to call the "wheel" - a small disc which contains a piece of metal on one side and is used by the router to monitor the spindle speed. In the case of the Elu (and later DW) these can occasionally come loose or detach and cause the variable speed to stop working. The fix is simply to reattach and glue the item in place at the top of the router armature shaft with a spot of Loctite. It may be worth looking into this

BTW I'd be happy to track down the distributors for AEG tools here if you'd like
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Searspartsdirect https://www.searspartsdirect.com claims to have parts for anything, check them out..
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Peter if it works perfectly but you can’t fetch a decent price selling it then you might as well use it. There must be a job you could dedicate it to.

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