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Well my Milwaukee had been making a bad bearing noise for some time.It finally locked up today but I can't complain a bit as it has been a real work horse for me.I wold buy the same one again and hope to find a similar one to replace it!
 

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As much as it has been used I figure something else would go bad soon to.And I would have to send it off to have it repaired anyhow.
As already mention by Hawkeye, on the upside if you try to repair it yourself and sucede you'll not only learn something but save a good deal as well. But I'd always suggest looking at it before it konks out for good. Still worth a try unless time is of an essence. I'd still try after replacing if you go that route. You may surprise yourself.
 

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Bearings are the cheapest item in the whole router.
Buy both of them for the price of a couple beers. Take a couple hours and see what you can do.

If you take it apart first, and then screw something else up, you still got the price of two beers to drown your sorrows.
 

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I replace all my own bearings. It's not that hard. If you hit a snag there are lots of us who can help guide you. Stick swears by replacing with ceramic bearings which I think are good for 40,000 rpm. The bearings that come on routers aren't really rated for the rpm they turn over a long period of time. I'm sure Stick has a source for them.
 

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I had a Milwaukee 5625 quit on me. Luckily I have service center close to me. The rep told me it would be $225 to start + the parts because it was over 5 years old. A new one was $329 so I went that way. If you have a center close to you it wouldn't hurt to take it in and get a quote. If you know it's the bearing(s) then I would also recommend that you replace them yourself.
 

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Milwaukee tools here in Cyprus have been absolutely ridiculously expensive. You could buy a junker car for the price of a big router.
They have just been reduced by 30%.
Now they are just damn expensive.
When I lived in Cyprus 11 years ago, there was a hardware store near Larnaka that had a surprising variety of specialized Milwaukee tools. But at mortgageable prices - not sure who could afford them, no matter how Labour-saving.
Here in South Africa, one of the big box chains sold the brand for a while (before being taken over by Walmart), but not a great success. Almost as pricy as DeWalt, but without the local track record. Discontinued after about 18 months..
 

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You obviously left the year we arrived (2008).
the Larnaca store is Christou brothers. Power tools are still stupid prices, more than double the Uk price. i dont understand it, except for the fact that all Cypriots want a mercedes for every family member!
De walt is also out of reach of the normal working man. I spent a long time deciding on a table saw. Nothing here under a 1000 euros. The dewalt 745 is still listed at the tool shops as 800 euro (US$910). But finally a French owned big box store in Nicosia has broken the blockade and I bought one there for 580 euro (US$660). In the UK they sell at £450 (US$580)
 

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Yes, Christou brothers, I could not remember the name, but remember the store and location clearly.
I still have some jeans and boots that I bought at Carrefour, but the best was an impact drill/chipping hammer I bought on an opening special at Alphamega for about 32 Euro, which has done me sterling service.
 

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@sunnybob, does your DW745 accept a dado stack? The ones available here do not (30mm bore), neither does the local equivalent of the Bosch table saw that Stick and some of the other guys hold in high regard. I understand that dado stacks are banned in the E.U. ?
 

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No, mine does not accept dado stacks.

Dado stacks are not "banned" as such, but as you cant have a top guard on them, that would breach EU health and safety rules and prevent them from being sold anywhere in Europe because they could not achieve the "CE" stamp aproval.
 
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