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Would like ur inputs on spare parts to keep around for a vintage router in case they become (or are made) obsolete. My list would include
Brushes
Bulb
Switch
Variable speed module
Sub base

Is a spare collet nut any use? A depth ring?

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I rarely buy spare parts for my tools, but I do buy spare tools. Routers are something that I have many of. Most of the better quality tools will last 20 years or more in a home shop without needing a repair. About that time technology advancements have made the old tool pretty obsolete anyway, so it's time to replace with new.

Now, blade grips and brushes for my scroll saws are a different matter. I'm also considering keeping bearings for them in stock too. Heavy use of my scroll saws seems to make them need rebuilding about every two years.

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Would like ur inputs on spare parts to keep around for a vintage router in case they become (or are made) obsolete. My list would include
Brushes
Bulb
Switch
Variable speed module
Sub base

Is a spare collet nut any use? A depth ring?

Thanks,

Arvind
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Arvind there is no guarantee that any one of those parts could be the problem so you'll have spent a fair bit of money on a highly used router that could have something else fail leaving you with a bunch of parts that no one else may be interested in. If you could find another of the same router for $5 or $10 with lots of good parts then that would be a reasonable option. At some point you have to accept the facts and buy a new one and with most routers these days it only takes one major failure as a rule to make it more sensible to start new. I priced an armature for a Freud that went on me years ago and the armature was only $10 cheaper than a new router. A lot of the electronic modules are just about as bad.

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I rarely buy spare parts for my tools, but I do buy spare tools. Routers are something that I have many of. Most of the better quality tools will last 20 years or more in a home shop without needing a repair. About that time technology advancements have made the old tool pretty obsolete anyway, so it's time to replace with new.

Now, blade grips and brushes for my scroll saws are a different matter. I'm also considering keeping bearings for them in stock too. Heavy use of my scroll saws seems to make them need rebuilding about every two years.

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Not only that, a lot of tools get bought and shoved on a shelf. Routers show up at garage sales and on CL all the time. A lot of them are crap routers but you can some times find good ones with "low miles"

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I think the amount of use you make of your tools is a factor. Age of your tools is also important. If its a tool you love to use and plan to use for years to come, then spares of consumable parts is likely a good idea. But major parts? Probably not.
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Brushes, bulbs, bearings and switches are all pretty much off the shelf items, chances are you can find something that will work. If I were to lose the VS board or the motor or base I would get a different router. The cost of stocking up on major parts 'just in case' doesn't make a lot of economic sense. You would be better to get two complete routers and eventually cannibalize one to keep the other going. In the great scheme of things they are not an incredibly expensive machine, and after 15 years you might find the newer generation has better features or designs.

I have a ton of Porter Cable Collets, I have had them fail after many years. Fortunately they continue to use the same thread on the arbors so I am able to snag them pretty cheap off of amazon.

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Very useful advice. Thanks.
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you'd do better w/ a spare router...
way cheaper too...
so move to the head of the class and get yourself a Bosch 1617EVSPK in reconditioned...
excellent value and increased capabilities....

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I'm pretty sure an old Craftsman isn't unique; it's just an old Craftsman. Mine's at least 30 yrs. old. If it went missing I'd just have more shelf space for a new tool.
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