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Default Makita 3600BR switch not working.

Wondering if any here use the Makita 3600BR router-I have had mine for over 26 years,and never an issue but the switch works once,then after turning off will not work again,I checked it last night and it worked once,but then no after that.Thinking the switch or where power cord goes in needs some attention.Also notice the carbon brushes on the sides do not 'pop' out,as the do on another router the same model. So wondering if they are worn out and stuck.

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Hi Zippy and welcome to the forum. Any machine that old would present a number of possibilities. If it's the cord then while you have it running if you moved the cord around it would want to stop and restart. Brushes are certainly a possibility. Any issues with the switch could be proven by hooking a jumper wire across the two poles of it, thus bypassing it. Machines that old did not incorporate any dust protection like the newer ones have by covering the switch with a flexible plastic shield. Some of the older ones have been known to pack up with sawdust which will prevent the contacts from coming together but that would be if the switch proves to be at fault. One last possibility is that you have one or a few burned windings on the armature. Moving the armature to a new position will allow it to start sometimes but you can usually tell that is a problem by reduced speed and power. If that's the problem it's time for a new router.
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Hi Zippy, Welcome. I had the same problem with the same router, and found that one brush was sticky. It was also worn out. I needed new brushes. When unscrewing the brush caps, I had to lever out the end clip (u-clip) of the brush to extract.(see pg 11 of the owners manual)
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I don't know about the router but I recently replaced the brushes in one of their drills. It was easy to do and cost less than $4 Canadian. The drill was going to be thrown out by my cousin and now it works like new for me.
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Originally Posted by zippy one View Post

Any thoughts or view points appreciated. Thanks
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Thank you everyone for helpful suggestions-really appreciate that,and thanks for welcome to forum
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