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Porter Cable Routers 6902, etc3/2
I have been using these Porter Cable 690 family routers for many years. I send them back to Porter Cable (now DeWalt) service for repair. Recently they started returning some of them, claiming there are no parts available (6902, Type 5 for example). Do any of you know about this? Does anyone else make economical repairs to routers?
I use mostly 690's myself, and would think most parts would be pretty easily sourced? Off the top of my head I can think of bearings, brushes, and switches all of which should be available from multiple sources.
My PC repair place closed up many years ago, (and they weren't all that great when they were open!), so I've been on my own for quite some time. I've only had to do bearings once and it was a long time ago so can't help you there. Though I'd be surprised if there wasn't a YouTube vid on it they're so popular? Brushes and switches should be available via e-bay or electronic retailers.
hope this helps,
Yes, I did fix them myself for many years. Parts like bearings and brushes were no problem, but armatures and motor housings were so expensive that it was usually better to send them in for a "flat rate" repair. I'm not sure if they are rejecting them based on age of model or what. Usually they would send back tools disassembled if parts were not available, but these were sent back complete. A phone call did not get me a better explanation.
I have all 690 routers also....about 20 of them. LOL
I bought most of mine on ebay...the older made in USA routers. The one that is damaged is a newer non USA router.
I haven't tried having something that involved fixed. My feeling is if the armature is gone or the shaft is bent it's likely to be cheaper just to buy another one.
I don't have as many as door shop guy, but I have bought a handful through local auctions. Usually under $50 per, making it cheaper to have a bunch on hand.