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Hello glad to join the forums. I live in Wichita Kansas and I enjoy woodworking, home theater, guns & shooting, Ford Mustang's, cooking. and spending time with family.

I inherited a Black & Decker 7610 type I router from my Grandpa about 10 years ago and have been using it ever since. Unfortunately the brushes went out on it, along with the main bearing. I can't find replacement brushes for it they have been discontinued. I don't want to through it out, it has a lot of sentimental value to me. Does anyone know if I can still get these somewhere, or if there is another brush that will work for it?

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welcome N/A...
you were doing pretty good till you got to the Mustang part..

as for the bearing.. have a bearing supplier match it up..
the brushes.. get a set of near fit and rezie then to fit..
Eurton Electric Online Store: Brushes
 

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Hello and welcome to the rouer forum.
 

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Hey, In Excess; welcome!
You might be able to find another one (that doesn't work)...matching bookends! :)
Seriously though, sentimentality aside, it doesn't work. It's a tool. Time to step up to newer technology with a warrantied router, ie new.
I'm an unrepentant hoarder/pack rat, but when a tool craps out I replace it. I need to get the work done and I don't need the stress or expense of trying to resuscitate deceased tools, but that's just me.
(In the spirit of full disclosure I do replace cords and brushes if they're reasonably accessible. )
 

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Happy you decided to join the fun. I think the suggestion you retire the machine in a display case along with a picture and maybe some other artifacts of your grandfather. I also agree that since you use a router fairly often, that you consider buying a new one. I don't think it's possible to get more quality for your money than with a Bosch 1617 EVSPK kit. You can easily get parts for even old model Bosch gear. Don't forget to fill in your profile and add a first name so we don't have to call you "Hey, you."
 

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Brush "manufacturing is pretty straightforward...

Find a set that is close...wire length, cap, approximate radius, sized a bit bigger...

Radius will pretty much adjust itself when you run it a bit...but suggest taking it apart again to clean the resulting carbon...check wear at that point...

File to size...dirty operation...wear gloves...
 

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Hi and welcome. It's also possible that an old repair shop might have a set of the originals. Most of that type part were made by other companies and may have been used in a number of machines.
 
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NXS450 - Welcome to the forum. I have a B&D 7616 in my basement - but haven't used it in quite a while. When I did use it, I had to hang on for dear life so it wouldn't fly out of my hands. I have a few other routers including Porter Cable and Bosch - the Bosch 1617 is a great router. The newer routers have speed control and soft start. I'm only keeping the B&D around because it was the first router I bought about 40 years ago.
 

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welcome N/A...
you were doing pretty good till you got to the Mustang part..

as for the bearing.. have a bearing supplier match it up..
the brushes.. get a set of near fit and rezie then to fit..


Don't tell me your a Chevy guy, if that is the case I am sorry, lol. It looks like B&D 7616 brushes measure the same and still available.
 

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Welcome to the Forum.

Check your local for sale lists(Craigslist's...) for a used one that you may scavenge parts from to keep the sentimental one running. Many of those routers were sold all over, so you might find one. I have an old one and it is still running fine. As for the Mustangs, they were fine cars and the new ones kick ass too, but I love any muscle car from the 60s & 70s GM, Ford & of course Mopar.
 

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If you can't get ones that fit... Long ago I resized brushes a few times. Works fine if you can find something a little bigger, just file or sand them to fit. I got a Makita corded drill once that would barely run (no load). I didn't know if it was the brushes, so I carved two wafers of carpenter pencil lead to put in front of the existing brushes, to see it that was the problem. The drill ran great with those in there, so then I ordered a set of replacements. That drill is my most-used corded drill now.
 
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