Admins, could you please move this thread if I've posted it in the wrong spot. I couldn't find a sub-forum about router repairs, so I posted under General Routing.
A good friend of mine has given me a Makita 3612BR, which has been quite heavily used (and not very well maintained) in a skateboard making factory. When the router is switched on it makes a very unhappy sound
I strongly suspect this router needs new bearings, among other things.
I can't yet post photos on the forum so I'll try describing this with text, which is something I'm not particularly good at. I hope the following makes sense...
So far I've dismantled the router to a point where the next step is to remove the armature from the lower housing. I've made a press out of 2X4 and a couple of bolts (gasp) to try to push the armature shaft out of the bearing in the lower housing, but it seems to take a surprising amount of force, and so far the armature hasn't moved at all as far as I can see.
I've studied some diagrams and parts lists describing how the 3612BR is built, and it appears to me that there are no grub screws or roll pins etc. holding the lower bearing onto the armature shaft. It seems to be simply pressed on, but the amount of force I'm applying with no result has me wondering if I've missed something?
I've decided it's time to ask you folks for some advice before I risk breaking something. Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated!
Thanks for your time