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I have a customer from Sears that knows me personally and I sold him a craftsman router and table, his router table is a craftsman model 61181. He says he's used it before but it didn't work for him today. He says he correctly is using the safety switch but his router wont turn on. He's awfully desperate and says he thinks the black box underneath is good, everything plugged in correctly. He lost his owners manual and he can't see the full 8 digit model number so I could view the owners manual online. Any suggestions?
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There could be many reasons for a router to fail - without the model number makes it difficult to help.

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Hi Theresa:

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Two simple tests:

1. Plug the router into a wall outlet and ensure that it works.

2. Plug a desk lamp or trouble lamp into switch box and see if the switch will control the lamp.

These two tests should reveal what is working and what is not.

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" he thinks the black box underneath is good " === what black box , the power safety switch on some of them will fill up with router dust , grab the air hose and blow it out well
If that didn't help just by pass the switch in order to use the router.
Many forget the router will make tons of dust and the switch on the Craftsman is in right place to to pickup a lot of it,bad design, looks good but not in the right place for a switch how many tools do you have that the switch is in path of the dust so to speak , not many I think....

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I have a customer from Sears that knows me personally and I sold him a craftsman router and table, his router table is a craftsman model 61181. He says he's used it before but it didn't work for him today. He says he correctly is using the safety switch but his router wont turn on. He's awfully desperate and says he thinks the black box underneath is good, everything plugged in correctly. He lost his owners manual and he can't see the full 8 digit model number so I could view the owners manual online. Any suggestions?



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I called my local Sears repair center yesterday and was told they can get a manual for the table in question. I was also told the safety switch is the same on all Sears router table models. I had a Sears router table that I tore down and used the safety switch on my self made router table, but the way I mounted it I can't see the part number. I do have the manual for it around here somewhere so I will look for it today.

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