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Hello, I have a craftsman 315.269211router. It was mounted on a rocket table. Worked fine then started bogging down, then intermittent power, now nothing. Any suggestions on what to look at? Thanks in advance.
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How long since the router had a good clean?

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I have not cleaned it. Is there a particular way to clean one? First router I've owned. Usually just a quick clean after use. Nothing in depth.
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Does the arbor turn freely? If not it could be bearings. You could try turning the arbor to different positions and see if it will start from certain positions but not others. If it does then you have burned out windings on the stator. It could be brushes and it could also be a speed control if it has one. You'll probably need to take it to a repair shop to have it diagnosed. Many don't charge for doing that. According to one of the members that worked for Sears that router was made by Ryobi.

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I have not cleaned it. Is there a particular way to clean one? First router I've owned. Usually just a quick clean after use. Nothing in depth.
un-plug from power , will the shaft turn freely ? if not beiring's are probly bad, if all this is true than maybe a new router ? if no power lot's of thing's , any smell in the motor area ? switch rock's back and forth with smooth action ? if smell than winding's most likely gone, if it is only 1/4" may be time to upgrade to one that has 1/4 and 1/2 inch for bit size's , about all i can thank of , this is what i do with all my router's and any motor that has oping's is use my air comp. and spray air in them after each use. that way they are all ways like new new time you use them , good luck

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So, I got home from work this morning and double checked the model number. Number is actually 315.269210.

Everything turns freely. No burn or electircal smell from router. Switch is fine. Tested continuity and there is when it is switched on. Haven't had time to test electrical connections further.
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Unfortunately this site will not allow me to post a link to a parts download that I found on Google that describes the parts breakdown for your router, I use them to assist in dis-assembly from time to time, if I feel the item is salvageable. If your unit has extensive usage, I would spring for a new one.
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If you have tried the tests mentioned above and nothing seems obviously wrong with the motor I would suggest the on off switch, dust creeps into the housing and prevents the contacts touching, try a blast or two of high pressure air to see if that can get in to clear the contacts, if not first see if you can get into the switch to clean it up if not as it is off the router get it tested for continuity. If it fails a new switch is in your future.

If I buy a power tool with an on off switch that sits in with all the dust it creates I try to get it out, maybe on a wooden panel fastened to the outside, table saws are particularly bad for this. Doing this years ago stopped a recurring problem I had on my table saw.

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Well I've narrowed down the problem to the control board. the neutral isn't going all the way. However, if I bypass the control board it works. Is there any real use for the control board besides controlling speed?
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