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Is there a fuse?

I haven't used my router in 20 years and this morning tried to route out some 2x4s. The first two went through fine, then hit a knot (I'm assuming) and the router died.

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Hello and welcome to the forum.
You need to give us a name of the router and model number.
They are all a little different

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Welcome KBC. I've never seen one with a fuse. Does the router have soft start or speed control? If there any capacitors in those circuits they may have failed. Apparently they do much better if charged up occasionally. It's also possible the brushes gave up. That's a much cheaper fix if you can find the parts.
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Welcome aboard.

Years (decades) ago, I was routing with my Craftsman router (1980's model). Suddenly it just went silent. I took it to Sears and the guy said it would cost more to fix it than to buy a new one.

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Electronic plunge router model RE175 variable speed double insulated
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That's probably my solution, too, but I just wanted some input from someone with a more educated brain than mine.
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Well some of the parts are still available, including an armature for only $30. Brushes and brush holders are still available too. I didn't see anything in the parts listing that was electronic so there might be hope for it. You need to diagnose what precisely is wrong with it. Since there are no electronics that narrows it down to switch or wires (as in a broken one), brushes, or armature. If you have to pay someone to fix it it probably isn't worth it though as that was a pretty cheap router to start with. RYOBI ROUTER Parts | Model re175 | Sears PartsDirect
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Is there a fuse?

I haven't used my router in 20 years and this morning tried to route out some 2x4s. The first two went through fine, then hit a knot (I'm assuming) and the router died.

Help!

Thank you.
Did you check the breaker, meaning the house breaker ?

I don’t always insulate , but when I do .
Ok ,I never insulate
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Is there a fuse?

I haven't used my router in 20 years and this morning tried to route out some 2x4s. The first two went through fine, then hit a knot (I'm assuming) and the router died.

Help!

Thank you.
see if the brushes are at fault...

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