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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-27-2018, 07:48 AM Thread Starter
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We have what seems like an old router in our shop and it needs replaced. I have tried a few places but noone seems to know where to look. Any help with Identification (manufacturer, model number...) would be greatly appreciated. Pics are listed below:
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It might be easier to put new bearings and brushes in that old router than to find a new router that will fit in that over arm accessory. Bearings are not made by the tool manufacturer. Each has a number, usually on the side covers, that will allow you to order replacements from many baring sources. For brushes, taking the old ones to one of the better hardware stores that carry a wide variety of small parts should get you a close match to the originals, but you may need to file one edge to achieve the perfect size. Filing a brush is easy, since the carbon is soft, but the job is very messy since the black carbon filings will make you look like a coal miner if you aren't prepared. A vacuum cleaner hose held close enough to catch the filings is the best way to minimize the mess.

If your router needs more than bearings or brushes, your next option will be to try to find a router with a motor that is the exact same diameter as this one, so it can be clamped in the accessory bracket. Another option to consider is how to modify the accessory to fit a new and readily available router.

I think your original router might be a Stanley and they quit making routers and supporting the ones that they had sold many years ago. To me, the design looks something like routers that were being made in the 50's and early 60's.


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older than dirt Stanley...
bearings and brushes can be had by measurements...
http://store.eurtonelectric.com/brushes.aspx

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If you repair it, life's easy. However, finding a replacement the same size might be a challenge. But you could use some aluminum to use to shim a new router to fit that device. Measure the diameter and then visit a store and measure the new stuff. Closest size wins, although many of the new routers are pretty much the same diameter.

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It won't accept a garden variety router.... The current one has screw threads on the housing for the fine adjustment... The router itself will need replaced but with the threads stripped, it would require a replacement. I think we're gonna make some changes to the end of the arm and outfit it with a different mechanism for fine adjustment that allows any router to be mounted in it....
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That does look like an old Stanley router. Welcome to the forum N/a
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I just did a very quick search for Vintage Stanley Router, and there are several in usable condition on eBay.

https://www.ebay.com/i/273126490990?chn=ps&dispItem=1
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It looks to me like there are some serious cracks in the support arm near the router clamp that need welding. If that's the case then have the fabricator change the clamp to a flat platform instead. You would then be able to attach any router to the platform. You'll lose a little cut height but you would never have to worry about finding parts for an obsolete router again.

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