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Hi I am new to this forum and routing and look forward to learning from this forum. I have inherited a Bosch GOF 900 ACE from my Dad and also his table. He was meticulous and all seems i good working order.

I read up and reckon I can start doing simple stuff. I am stuck with one basic question on how to use the router when it is set up on the table:
I can not find anyway of holding the main switch without continually pressing the switch. There is a side button that you have to press in order to depress the on switch but it does not hold the switch on. My Dad clearly used it on the table so I am mystified.

Grateful for any ideas of what I might be missing. Thanks.
 

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Welcome to the forum. If you haven't already I'd suggest securing a manual to get familiar with the router. Here's a site that has the manual which indicates that the right handle has a button that will lock the on button when depressed with the router running. If that doesn't work then I'd suggest calling Bosch Technical Support for further possibilities. I'm not familiar with this model.
 

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Welcome to the forum. If you haven't already I'd suggest securing a manual to get familiar with the router. Here's a site that has the manual which indicates that the right handle has a button that will lock the on button when depressed with the router running. If that doesn't work then I'd suggest calling Bosch Technical Support for further possibilities. I'm not familiar with this model.
Taken from the manual (Pg 25)......
Switching On and Off
Adjust the depth-of-cut before switching on or
off; see Section "Adjusting the Depth-of-cut".
To start the machine, press the On/Off switch
24 and keep it pressed.
To lock the pressed On/Off switch 24, press the
lock-on button 2.
To switch off the machine, release the On/Off
switch 24 or when it is locked with the lock-on
button 2, briefly press the On/Off switch 24 and
then release it.
 

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@JemDrum,
greetings and welcome.
That side button is the "lock-on" button, i.e. if depressed while the switch trigger is depressed, would keep the trigger on, until the trigger is depressed again. If it is not working in that manner, the switch may have an internal mechanical fault.
If the switch still operates the router, without sparks or burning smells (or static interference on a nearby radio or TV), you could keep it depressed with a suitably-sized worm-drive hose clamp - some routers do not have a toggle switch or lock-on button, and this stratagem is necessary.
But in that case, you must have an easily accessible switched socket in which to plug the router's power cord, so that you can readily switch off in an emergency - nothing quite like trying to switch off under the table or somewhere else, when something is going pear-shaped.
Your router table may already have such a socket - the switch often has an oversized red "OFF" paddle. If not, you are well-advised to fit one.
As an alternative, some of the guys recommend a momentary-on foot switch, operating a socket. Also called a dead-man's switch - only works while you are depressing it, very useful if the SNAFU has both your hands tied up.
But I would get the trigger switch checked/replaced anyway.
 

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According to the manual BOSCH 900 CE ORIGINAL INSTRUCTIONS MANUAL Pdf Download | ManualsLib
This is what I found

"Switching On and Off
Adjust the depth-of-cut before switching on or
off; see Section "Adjusting the Depth-of-cut".
To start the machine, press the On/Off switch
24 and keep it pressed.
To lock the pressed On/Off switch 24, press the
lock-on button 2.
To switch off the machine, release the On/Off
switch 24 or when it is locked with the lock-on
button 2, briefly press the On/Off switch 24 and
then release it.
Hope that helps
 

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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
Thanks for all the help and rapid responses.

I think Biagio has 'hit it on the head' and I suspect a mechanical fault with lock button. How it should work makes sense and is in line with other power tools.

I will probably call Bosch TS next to see what they say.

Thanks for identifying manual site.

Cheers.
 

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On routers without a 'lock-on', some people have put a cable tie or similar to hold the switch in the on position. Of course you would need to have it connected to a separate switched receptacle or power-bar. Maybe there's already a switch in your table.
 

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I use a zip tie to hold my router on permanently. Then turn it on or off with a foot switch - the kind where you push down on it to turn it on, and lift your foot to turn it off.
 

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Welcome to the forum.
 

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Thanks all and especially JOAT and TeeGees
Using a cable tie might be the solution I go to in the end.
 
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