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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-10-2012, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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Question Makita Speed Control Issues

I have a Makita 1101 router mounted in a table and that's about it's entire
life. I don't really use it for anything else. I have had several instances where the router speed runs wild, to the point that it shakes the table and must be shut down quickly. I have taken it to the shop for repair, but they claim they can find nothing wrong with it. After returning it to it's home in the router table, there have been several more instances where the router speed either runs away totally and has to be shut down, or it runs away for a few seconds and is able to re-adjust it's speed according to the dial settings. It has just recently occurred to me that this may be an "upside down" only issue and the repair shop is testing in a normal "bit down" position.

The router is in good shape and I am loathe to scrap it. Can anyone provide some information that may help me fix my ailing router.

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When you sent it the the shop for repairs, did you tell them it was a dedicated router for a table? You may be correct in thinking about the position of the router. I'm not familiar with this router but if the controls are in the top and you mount it in the table, it may be enough to make it act up at times. Just my thoughts.
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It sounds like the speed control is giving up the ghost. I had this happen and it cost more for the part than I was willing to spend, half the price of a new router. Instead of tossing it (it was completely shot) I rewired it to by pass the controller and used a Harbor Freight variable speed control on it. It is a secondary router so this minor inconvenience doesn't matter to me. It might be time to retire yours and use it as an excuse to buy a new one.
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