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I have a Craftsman router that's not that old (5 years or so - 320.17543) and very little use. Worked fine last week while practicing sign making. Tried it today, and it starts up and reaches operating speed, then immediately slows way down to almost nothing. This is without any load on the bit. Any ideas, suggestions?
 

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welcome Bob to the forums...

look to the brushes 1st or a dirty commutator...
2nd issue is the speed control or dirty sensor...

what happens when you adjust the speed control while it's running..

FWIW...
your router was made by Chevron Asia......
this means you may luck out finding something you need...

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Welcome aboard Bob. That didn't take long to get an answer. Lots of good information here as well as talent.
 

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welcome Bob to the forums...

look to the brushes 1st or a dirty commutator...
2nd issue is the speed control or dirty sensor...

what happens when you adjust the speed control while it's running..

FWIW...
your router was made by Chevron Asia......
this means you may luck out finding something you need...

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CHEVRON VS. CHERVON ?? :nerd:
 

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Hi Bob and welcome. It sounds to me like it's part of the speed control. It's possible with quite a few routers to bypass it and then use an after market speed controller instead. The OEM speed controllers are often so expensive that it doesn't make sense to replace them.
 
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CHEVRON VS. CHERVON ?? :nerd:
eeeeeewwww....
busted by the spelling police...

Chervon...
missed on the spelling but the link is good...
 
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