Hi guys, thanks for the responses so far.
I can confirm that the unit is plugged directly into a wall socket and not an extension lead.
my first suspicion would be that the speed controller board is defective
This may well be a possibility. There was, when I took the router out of the case, the end of a cable/zip tie wedged into the speed control dial. Looks like the kind thing you might do if excessive vibration would cause the dial to turn on its own.
This however didn't seem to happen when I used the machine. The dial does speed the router up and slow it down as it is supposed to and there don't seem to be any broken/dry solder joints when I looked at the speed control board.
You never want to stop a power tool dead still
Tell me about it, that's why I'm here
Had to do it to show for the video though.
Sorry to be negative Michael, but routers like this start at £30 and really aren't worth much effort to repair - in any case spare parts are completely non-existent
I know what you mean, I am very close to just dumping it and buying a new one. For the amount that I will use a router a cheapish one would be all I need.
Another problem I have found is that there seems to be virtually none that have a lock-on switch for easy use with a router table!. It's nuts!