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I have just joined Router Forums. I live in Austin, Texas, and am an avid mid-level woodworker, but not a big router user. Today my Craftsman 130.26620 "Professional" router went on the blink, which is why I'm here. I've been using it in a router table with a dedicated on/off switch, thus leaving the router always "on." Today I took it out to use it in the plunge base and it won't turn on at all. Is there a reset button? (I cannot find such.) Is the switch replaceable? Any help will be appreciated.
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I have just joined Router Forums. I live in Austin, Texas, and am an avid mid-level woodworker, but not a big router user. Today my Craftsman 130.26620 "Professional" router went on the blink, which is why I'm here. I've been using it in a router table with a dedicated on/off switch, thus leaving the router always "on." Today I took it out to use it in the plunge base and it won't turn on at all. Is there a reset button? (I cannot find such.) Is the switch replaceable? Any help will be appreciated.
I don't beleive there is a reset button.

Get the switch here: Click This

It could also be dust in the switch. Apparently, that happens on some other routers.
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Hello, your router is the same as the Bosch 1617, and I have experienced this issue several times myself. You should be able to get a replacement switch fairly easily, but there is also a quick fix to get you back up and running. Please check out this link:

http://www.routerforums.com/general-...html#post30620

I tried telling my wife this is why I need another router, but she did go for it. ;-)
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Thanks so much for the replies! I tried pricing some routers and saw a comment on Amazon about the Bosch, which mentioned the switch problem. I first tried blowing out the switch with the Electrical stuff from Pep Boys, but it didn't work. So I disassembled the switch completely, and it was FILLED with dust. After I emptied it and cleaned it, it worked perfectly. They just need to enclose the switch completely, which would be an easy fix. It got that way, I am sure, because I'd had it for a couple of years in a router table, with the router switch always "on", using the table switch to toggle it on and off. So when I removed it from the table and turned it "Off," the dust got between the connections and they could no longer close.
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Good to hear you got your router going again!
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My first thought was that maybe it was out of gas......guess not.

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Thanks so much for the replies! I tried pricing some routers and saw a comment on Amazon about the Bosch, which mentioned the switch problem. I first tried blowing out the switch with the Electrical stuff from Pep Boys, but it didn't work. So I disassembled the switch completely, and it was FILLED with dust. After I emptied it and cleaned it, it worked perfectly. They just need to enclose the switch completely, which would be an easy fix. It got that way, I am sure, because I'd had it for a couple of years in a router table, with the router switch always "on", using the table switch to toggle it on and off. So when I removed it from the table and turned it "Off," the dust got between the connections and they could no longer close.

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I don't beleive there is a reset button.

Get the switch here: Click This

It could also be dust in the switch. Apparently, that happens on some other routers.
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