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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-24-2012, 11:03 PM Thread Starter
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Default Introduction and dw618 burnout report.

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My name is Dave and I've just joined the router forum. I hope you've all had a good Thanksgiving and are beginning to recover from the festivities.

Sad to say, just before the holiday my dw618 went up in a big cloud of black smoke, the victim of tool abuse on my part ... unable to restrain myself from pushing it too hard while routing a batch of raised panels.

I'm trying to disassemble it, more out of curiosity than a desire to fix it since I've already bought a new one. How do you remove the armature and field coils? I've removed as many parts as I can see and have disconnected the ground wire. Do I need to remove the bearings some how? If so, how?

I've had the router for 3 years 2 months. Recently was making a couple of metallic clicking sounds whenever I turned it on and it was coming to speed. I can't remember if it was doing this earlier. Sounds like a small screw or piece of metal fell into the motor which is why I want to take it apart and have a look. But I'm fairly certain this wasn't the cause of the burnout. I really was pushing it too hard, letting it run too long without cooling, and not clearing away shaving so it could breath more easily. I know! Shame on me! I'll try to do better next time.
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Welcome to the forum, David.

It sound like you have a big job in front of you....

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Dave, welcome.

I was curious about your task so googled the number and found this page on ereplacements: DeWALT DW618 Parts List and Diagram - Type 1 :

It is hard to say what the sound may be. Could be that in overheating the motor a contact fractured and a piece of it went flying. Maybe a part of the brush ring assembly?

Mind you, I've rebuilt different types of motors and woodworking machines but never a DeWalt router. But maybe the two expanded view diagrams and the parts list will give you some hints.

Good luck! Keep us posted.
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