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I'm new to the forum and fairly new to routing. After some practice on a cheap second hand Triton, I decided to take the plunge, so to speak. I purchased a Trend T11-EK (230V) and the matching Trend WRT Router table. I really like the combination and so far, it seems easy to use with accurate results. Sadly though the router failed after approximately 3-4 hour's light usage on softwood with small diameter cutters. I stopped the machine to adjust the fence and when I tried to restart via the zero voltage switch nothing happened. After some diagnostics, I took the router to a local Trend Service Agent for repair under warranty. They're in the process of tracking down a new armature, which surprisingly Trend don't seem to have as a spare.

I have dust extraction fitted to the router table. While I think I've just been unlucky with an individual unit, I'm wondering if there's anything I might have done to cause the problem? I had not stalled the machine or dropped it, and the timber I'm using is deal/pine with a maximum cutter diameter of 12.7mm. Most of the work has been with the router mounted in the table using the fence as the guide.
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@Belperboy - Welcome to the forum - when you get a chance, please update your profile with at least a first name - it will make communications more personal.

I'm not familiar with that router, but I'm sure our members from down under will be. However, from everything you said, it certainly doesn't sound like you did anything to cause the failure. Your limited use should not have caused it. Perhaps you just got a faulty unit.
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Hello and welcome to the router forum,
Some times you just get a bad one of anything,do not think you did ant thing wrong,

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Welcome to the forum Charles.

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Enjoy the knowledge of others that can be found within.

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Armatures rarely go wrong, which is why a repair shop would not normally keep one to hand.
Nothing you did would have caused that.
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Welcome to the forums Charles ...
I'm Stick and do I have some reading for you to do...
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I have dust extraction fitted to the router table. While I think I've just been unlucky with an individual unit, I'm wondering if there's anything I might have done to cause the problem? I had not stalled the machine or dropped it, and the timber I'm using is deal/pine with a maximum cutter diameter of 12.7mm. Most of the work has been with the router mounted in the table using the fence as the guide.
How did you connect the dust extraction UNDER THE TABLE?
If you had enclose the router under the table for dust collection then, I suspect your dust extractor had drawn air away so much so that the internal cooling fan of router could no longer cool the motor.
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Hi All,
Thanks for the friendly welcome and suggestions.

1. I'll read up on Stick's reading list. Thank you.
2. The air extraction was at the table top only, as an attachment to the fence. Incidentally I use a steel vortex Dust Deputy atop a 55 Gallon Drum to reduce the load on the dust extractor, it works well.
3. The Service Agent had contacted Trend for a replacement armature. It's Trend who didn't have the spare part! At present there's no date for fix. To give Trend their due they did offer me a loan unit until my T11 is repaired, but I've already drafted in the old Triton to stand-in. I hate waiting around all day for couriers.

So at present my (tongue-in-cheek) view on Trend is that I'd recommend them, but if your job depends on the reliability of the device, buy two of them so you have one device available while the other is in repair.
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Trends are fairly popular and I haven’t heard of them being particularly unreliable. I know the trim sized one is advertised as a light duty hobbyist machine but I haven’t heard that about the T11. Every maker eventually sends a lemon out. What they do about it after is the important part. If it’s going to take very long they should probably offer you a replacement unit.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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