I was SO happy getting my Freud FT2000E router. Finally I had lots of
power and a machine that should be sturdy enough to withstand any of my
hobby use. I spent much of last year building my router table, and finally
put it to good work on my window sill project.
I've probably got less than 2 hours of run time on this thing. More
like one hour. Light passes, too; I did NOT stress this baby. Imagine my
disappointment when it started making this huge noise last Saturday. Today
I paid the $90C repair bill for the new bearings it needed. (Of course the
warrantee expired almost exactly one month ago.) The repair man told me
he'd press the manufacturer to honour the warrantee if it was the armature
or something like that, but not for bearings because they wear out, and
they're really strict about their policies. "Especially if it's hanging in
a router table, because the dust settles on the bearings, and even though
they're "sealed", they're not really sealed, and the dust draws the oil out
of the bearings."
Does any of this sound reasonable to you? I'm doing this hobby for fun,
not for profit, but let me tell you the fun goes out of it really fast when
it gets this expensive.
- Owen -
OUCH!! If you have a bearing supply in town such as Allied Bearing take the
bearing to them and they will give you an exact match. They are easy to
replace and more than likely just the bearing on the business end was bad.
We do have a bearing supply store in town. My experience is that bearings
are expensive. Here's how my bill broke down:
Bearing 1: 16.18 (One ringy-dingy)
Bearing 2: 33.36 (Two ringy-dingy - snort snort)
Labour: 28.00 (Seems fair)
GST: 5.43 (Welcome to
PST: 6.20 Canada)
Total 89.17 (OUCH!!)
It adds up fast. Thing is, there was no way *I* could have known that a
single new bearing was all that was needed. (One router I had just
disintegrated inside; plastic fan bits got in the works. No way I could
repair it myself.) If it happens again I'll recognize the (awful) sound and
probably know what to do. I sure hope it doesn't happen again, though. At
least not for a very very long time.
At this point I'm not really planning to change the way I work. I plan to
add a vacuum attachment eventually, but my experience so far shows that most
(not all, of course) of the dust stays above the router table. I vacuum it
out manually once in awhile, but I really don't do so much woodworking that
it should be a big deal. I tell the story here just in case I really am
doing something wrong by not having a vacuum howling in harmony with my
router. It'll take some convincing, though. Freud even sells a router
table, and not a word was mentioned about it at the wood show where I bought
- Owen -
I have never seen any router bearing costing more than about 12 bucks and
have never seen both bearings go at the same time,
appears you got a raw deal on both ends,
Over a lot of years I have had a few routers have bearing failure within a
couple of months but for the most part I beat them to death over a long
period of time.
I am a pro with approx. twenty five or so routers of various sizes in my
shop at any given time and probably have purchased more than 150 routers
(wild guess) probably more.
Bearings in just about every woodworking machine or tool I have every
repaired have been reasonably priced.
I usually only buy them at a bearing supply house
I think a lot of readers are probably unaware that you're
talking about *Canadian* currency here. Those are not
prices in US dollars! It may be high by US standards, but
not as significantly as people seem to think.
Owen Lawrence wrote:
I thought someone might take me to task over that. For most cuts it's only
running for a few seconds (say less than 30), and I spent a long time just
building the router table. My reality is that I divide my free time into
many many pieces, and woodworking is just one of them.
- Owen -
My 1601 (think that's the #) is just about that old (maybe older) and still
going strong. I blow it out after every use and add a drop of oil to the
business end often.
Just purchased a Craftsman/Bosch twin base router, suspect (hope) it
will also hold up as well. I'm like Owen, don't use them on a regular basis,
sort of run hot and cold but enjoy while using. RM~
What you describe is a very common occurrence when a router is used as a
shaper, especially with large diameter router bits on a table. I own a heavy
duty Milwaukee router that is used in my router table. I keep several extra
shaft ball bearings and replace them as needed. It is actually pretty easy
and the bearings cost less than $10 each. They don't last too long in a
router table application before you begin to hear bearing noise. I also own
a heavy duty shaper and use it for operations that remove a lot of material
like raising panels, cope joints for door frames etc. Unfortunately, if you
look at the diameter and width of most router bearings you'll see that they
are not really made for use with large diameter bits on a router table.
I bought the Freud FT2000, and looked it over when I got home.
The specs were similar to the Hitachi M12V, and a lot of people
didn't like the 1/4" sleeve adaptor for the collet on the Hitachi.
I didn't like the fit and finish, so I returned it and ordered
the Hitachi instead. The Hitachi M12V seems to be decent.
It certainly "felt" better than the Freud. I haven't had any
trouble with the collet adapter, which I use frequently.
Owen Lawrence wrote:
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