About 2 years ago I came to use my router and when I pulled the switch, nothing happened. My initial thought was that maybe I had blown a fuse in the plug, but after checking the fuse and finding it fine, I gave up.
Some have suggested that in this situation it is easy to give up, because you now have a reason to buy a new tool. In my case my always amazing wife bought me a bosch palm router for my birthday.
The majority of my routing needs are easily covered by the smaller router, but sometimes I run it a little hot and realise that ideally I would have a larger machine available.
Last week I was watching a youtube video about using a router to thickness pieces of wood, and I was struck by a new desire to get my router working again. I’m not really sure why I didn’t do it when it first broke, but this time I decided to break out the multi-meter and figure out exactly where the fault was.
I decided to film my efforts, so if you want to watch me bumble about making some wrong assumptions, then see the look of dawning realisation when I figure out how the switch is supposed to work… you can find that video here: