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Tomorrow I'm going to look at a slightly used router with electronic speed control.

What sort of things should I look at when examining the router to locate any possible problems and what questions should I ask the owner?

Thank you in advance for any suggestions.
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Tomorrow I'm going to look at a slightly used router with electronic speed control.

What sort of things should I look at when examining the router to locate any possible problems and what questions should I ask the owner?

Thank you in advance for any suggestions.
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As Stick said, what make/model and what price are you looking at. It may be 'slightly' used but an older model which may be hard to find accessories and part for.

I presume it is a plunge router.

Turn it on for a few seconds to make sure there is no bearing whine.
Plunge and release a couple of times to make sure the plunge is free and positive.
Move the speed control back and forward to listen for speed changes.
Make sure the collet is working and you have the correct spanners.

When I bought my second hand 3600BR , it broke all those rules but I was able to resurrect it from the scrap heap... [ I only bought it for parts, but now it is an important tool in my arsenal ]

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It's a Makita 3612C.

Not sure about the price yet.

Thanks for your advice jw2170 -- I'll be using it.
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Thanks everyone, unfortunately it's just been sold before I could get to it.

But there'll be others....
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If you get another chance to get one in good nick...take it.

They are great routers..

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