I have a green Bosch belt sander, which I was using to strip off some
paint. One minute it was working fine; the next time I tried to use
it, it would not start. I thought perhaps there was some thermal
cut-out (though I had not been working it too hard), but even after a
few hours rest it will not come to life.
Any ideas what this could be and whether it is terminal? Could it be
something silly like dust in the switch or is it more likely to be new
sander purchase time?
Some tools have a safety cutout in the brushes: a small plastic pin that pops
out and lifts the brush off the commutator once the wear limit is reached, to
prevent it running with ever-less pressure, and burning the commutator. Look
carefully, it doesn't lift it off much...
You have, of course, checked the fuse?
I have a Bosch jigsaw which has appeared to be dead on the last couple of
occasions when I have needed to use it. On both occasions it started up
after I had removed and replaced the fuse (which hadn't blown!) in the
moulded plug. If it happens again I shall cut the plug off and fit a new
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