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Hi all,

Iím a newbie to woodworking and would like to quickly introduce myself and say hello.

I recently bought up a used Makita 3601B plunge router at a garage sale. I switched it on to make sure that the thing actually works, but I wasnít able to test it any further. The unit came ďas isĒ without any router bits, wrenches, guides, etc.

As this is my first router, Iím keen to learn how to use it, and start building my first set of speakers.

Here are some photos of it:





Looking at the photos, does the router look OK?

I will definitely be replacing the power plug at the end of cord (not shown) as it wonít last much longer.

Iíll also need to get hold of the wrenches. Do I need the original wrenches or can I find suitable ones in standard wrench set?

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Oops, this is actually a fixed base router.. not a plunge router...
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Hi Pete

It's makes me cry when I see a router like that abused

Looks like it was use to mix mud, and rolled around in the back of UK Phil P. truck for a year or two ,good luck with that one.


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Looks like it was use to mix mud, and rolled around in the back of UK Phil P. truck for a year or two ,good luck with that one.
You have no idea, Bob....... it has just been used! What it looks like matters a lot less than how it performs IMHO, and to keep stuff performing well you have to oil it, put it away in it's Systainer at the end of the day, secure the containers before setting off, etc. Loose tools in the back of a van? Sure fire way of ending up in A&E (ER)

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Looking at the photos, does the router look OK?

I will definitely be replacing the power plug at the end of cord (not shown) as it won’t last much longer.
Hi Pete

Despite rich uncle Bob's comments it doesn't look too bad to me. Mainly seems to need a good clean with a slightly damp cloth and some detergent. I've a lot seen worse, believe me! First thing is to replace the plug, switch it on and see how/if it runs. If it runs what does it sound like? The main things which go on routers used in industry/trade are the carbon brushes, the top and bottom bearings, the power cord and the on-off switch. The brushes may well be found on eBay, bearings too, but either way the bearings are likely to be over the counter ones from a local engineering supplies shop (or ebay/'net). I'd certainly recommend doing the brushes. They're about AUS $8 a pop over here (you should be able to find a parts retailer in Oz as it's a very popular make). As to the wrenches they are 21mm and 23mm respectively according to the parts listing - so obtainable with a bit of searching (the 23mm is a bit of an oddball size). Another thing I'd look at is the condition of the collet and it's reducer (which appears to be mounted). These should be free of rust and nice and shiny on the bearing surfaces.

Nice thing is this router is still being dold in some markets (although no longer in production) so parts should be available. Here's a review,

Good luck with your purchase

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Hi Phil

Looks tell me a great deal about the owner, like the base plate hole that the user of the router didn't know how to use the router by using a over size bit and not taking the time to keep it clean.
At one time I sold new and use tools and routers for just one type of tool and many Snap-On hand tools I could tell you what type of mechanical is was by the look of his tools..and the same thing for routers in IMHO..

Just a add a note,,,All my Snap-On hand tools are always in line in my tool box and not one with dust or grease on them if anyone picks one out to use he can't put it back in the box without a wipe down ,I have a thing for clean tools..just like my routers...


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Despite rich uncle Bob's comments it doesn't look too bad to me. Mainly seems to need a good clean with a slightly damp cloth and some detergent. I've a lot seen worse, believe me! First thing is to replace the plug, switch it on and see how/if it runs. If it runs what does it sound like? The main things which go on routers used in industry/trade are the carbon brushes, the top and bottom bearings, the power cord and the on-off switch. The brushes may well be found on eBay, bearings too, but either way the bearings are likely to be over the counter ones from a local engineering supplies shop (or ebay/'net). I'd certainly recommend doing the brushes. They're about AUS $8 a pop over here (you should be able to find a parts retailer in Oz as it's a very popular make). As to the wrenches they are 21mm and 23mm respectively according to the parts listing - so obtainable with a bit of searching (the 23mm is a bit of an oddball size). Another thing I'd look at is the condition of the collet and it's reducer (which appears to be mounted). These should be free of rust and nice and shiny on the bearing surfaces.

Nice thing is this router is still being dold in some markets (although no longer in production) so parts should be available. Here's a review,

Good luck with your purchase

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Phil and Bob... Thanks a lot for your comments and suggestions.

I’m also in Oz (Melbourne) so I’ll try and find those bits and pieces you mentioned. If you can suggest any links to those items, I’d greatly appreciate it.

First thing I’ll do is give the machine a good clean, and replace that power plug.

Will keep you posted on how things go.

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Iím also in Oz (Melbourne) so Iíll try and find those bits and pieces you mentioned. If you can suggest any links to those items, Iíd greatly appreciate it.
Hi Peter

Hopefully Harry (harrysin) will pop in and answer that one. He's in Oz as well and is a Makita user, so..........

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Pete, router wrenches are usually thin stamped metal so they require less clearance when making adjustments but any wrench that fits will work fine. If you do get the stamped wrenches you can make them much more comfortable to use by slipping some hose or plastic tubing over the handles.

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Hi all,

Just on another topic to do with my router...

I actually got the router height adjustment working. The motor housing was actually stuck to the router base, and that's why turning that plastic blue scale ring had no effect whatsoever. I had to use a hammer and timber to gradually knock the motor housing out of the grips of the router base. I then cleaned it, lubricated it, and now it's nicely raising and lowering with each turn of the scale ring.

Regarding the wrenches, I just noticed that Aldi have advertised double-sided spanners, and one actually has sizes 21+23. I'll have a look this Thursday when they become available.

Cheers,
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Hi all,

One thing I forgot to ask... do you think I would need the trimmer guide and the straight guide, that may have originally come with the router? In the manual, it describes how to use the trimmer guide, for example, to do curved cuts. So would I need this to do circular cuts for speaker holes?

I only have the "bare bones" router, without any additional bits and pieces.

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