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When considering a router purchase back in the 80's, I was steered toward the Bosch 1604. It has undoubtedly been the best tool purchase I've ever made. I rout signs as a hobby and have made hundreds with the 1604. Unfortunately, the last couple of times I used it, it made some strange noises. I checked the brushes and they seem fine. I'm wondering two things.........1. Given it's age (probably 25 years), is it worth repairing?.......2. If so, should I send it to Bosch or can it be repaired elsewhere? There are no repair shops in the rural area in which I live. I'd appreciate any help you can give me.
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Welcome to the forum Jeff . I'm sure the resident experts here will have some good advise for you soon

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Buy a new one, 25 years sounds like it earn a break.

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Hello!
When considering a router purchase back in the 80's, I was steered toward the Bosch 1604. It has undoubtedly been the best tool purchase I've ever made. I rout signs as a hobby and have made hundreds with the 1604. Unfortunately, the last couple of times I used it, it made some strange noises. I checked the brushes and they seem fine. I'm wondering two things.........1. Given it's age (probably 25 years), is it worth repairing?.......2. If so, should I send it to Bosch or can it be repaired elsewhere? There are no repair shops in the rural area in which I live. I'd appreciate any help you can give me.
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FWIW that router is more liking to 30 plus years old... I have that router..
Sending it to Bosch works.. Bosch here still supports it...
if you are confident, fix it yourself...
Bosch 1604A Parts List and Diagram - (0601604360) : eReplacementParts.com
give or take - 175 -200$$$ to replace it...

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FWIW - my 1604 is in a D handle and dedicated to slot cutting... has been for decades...

when it got noisy bearing is what it needed...

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those strange noises may only be the bearings...

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Default Repairing My Bosch 1604 - Follow Up

Hello again!
Thanks to everyone for the great responses to my 1604 inquiry. It sounds like the problem might be bearings. With this in mind, does anyone know the best place to find the replacement bearings? Also, are there any step-by-step directions or videos available, showing how to install the bearings? I feel like I'm asking for the world, but would certainly appreciate any help.
Thanks!
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Hello again!
Thanks to everyone for the great responses to my 1604 inquiry. It sounds like the problem might be bearings. With this in mind, does anyone know the best place to find the replacement bearings? Also, are there any step-by-step directions or videos available, showing how to install the bearings? I feel like I'm asking for the world, but would certainly appreciate any help.
Thanks!
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yellow pages or Bosch for the bearings..
and youtube for the video...

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Default Bearings in My 1604

Hello again!
Thanks to everyone for the great responses to my earlier 1604 inquiry. It sounds like the problem might be bearings. With this in mind, does anyone know the best place to find the replacement bearings? Also, are there any step-by-step directions or videos available, showing how to install the bearings? I feel like I'm asking for the world, but would certainly appreciate any help.
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