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Hello,

New member here who is just reliving my late dad's love of woodwork. I still have his Ryobi 1/2" router which unfortunately has not stood the test of time. It is constantly at full speed and I was wondering if anyone could suggest what the issue may be?

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Welcome, glad you signed on. Here's the instruction manual, It shows a speed control dial on one side of the router, so it should be able to operate down to 8,000 rpm. The dial is next to the cover for replacing motor brushes. Take a few minutes to read the manual before you start to use it. I'm not a big fan of Ryobi, but it's not a bad machine, plenty of power
 

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Welcome, glad you signed on. Here's the instruction manual, It shows a speed control dial on one side of the router, so it should be able to operate down to 8,000 rpm. The dial is next to the cover for replacing motor brushes. Take a few minutes to read the manual before you start to use it. I'm not a big fan of Ryobi, but it's not a bad machine, plenty of power
Thanks for the help. The issue I have is that even at lowest speed it seems to be at full power. Could this be a sign of worn brushes or a broken switch?
 

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Thanks for the help. The issue I have is that even at lowest speed it seems to be at full power. Could this be a sign of worn brushes or a broken switch?
Most speed control is done by an internal circuit, if the circuit board is faulty, then the speed is either off or running full blast. Happens from time to time with electronic speed control. Check to see if there is a repair location somewhere near you. They can test and if necessary, replace the part. Did you dad run the heck out of it? Or has it been in storage? Storage is hard on electronics if it's in a hot or very cold place.

As to brushes, they're easy to open up and do a visual check to see it they're badly worn. But I don't think that would be a problem. If the switch is broken, it would come on the moment you plugged it in, or it wouldn't start at all.

Lots of guys around the Forums are comfortable opening up the case to check electronics, I am not.

If repair costs are too high, you could consider another, new router.
 

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Welcome to the forum Kevee.
I second Tom's comments....
 
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Most speed control is done by an internal circuit, if the circuit board is faulty, then the speed is either off or running full blast. Happens from time to time with electronic speed control. Check to see if there is a repair location somewhere near you. They can test and if necessary, replace the part. Did you dad run the heck out of it? Or has it been in storage? Storage is hard on electronics if it's in a hot or very cold place.

As to brushes, they're easy to open up and do a visual check to see it they're badly worn. But I don't think that would be a problem. If the switch is broken, it would come on the moment you plugged it in, or it wouldn't start at all.

Lots of guys around the Forums are comfortable opening up the case to check electronics, I am not.

If repair costs are too high, you could consider another, new router.
Hi,

My dad was quite careful with his tools because that was his trade. I foolishly decided to follow a career in IT instead of carrying on his business. Long story short the tools went into storage in the shed and garage and now have family of own see things you can buy thinking why don't I give that a go at making that and get more satisfaction out of it.
 

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Hi,

My dad was quite careful with his tools because that was his trade. I foolishly decided to follow a career in IT instead of carrying on his business. Long story short the tools went into storage in the shed and garage and now have family of own see things you can buy thinking why don't I give that a go at making that and get more satisfaction out of it.
I understand about choices. I see life as an endless series of choice points. The good news is that another comes by the instant you want one. I grew up in an ancient, crummy old farm house. The plywood floor in my bedroom was laid directly on dirt, so I worked with my dad doing repairs from early on. We also had a family friend who was a finish carpenter, who took me out for two summers on jobsites. I still know how to hang a door and have a couple of the hand tools he gave me. I spoke and wrote for a living for 50 years, so woodworking is a real pleasure. You can see directly what you've been doing because you have a physical result you can see and touch. Very satisfying.
 
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