This is a first for me with newsgroups and I don't know if it is alright to put a question about my router.
I bought a Craftsman Prosessional Plunge Router (Model No 315.248870) in July 2002. I used it two to three times at the most. Last time that I used it ( yeasterday afternoon), sparks and/or arc was showing through the vent slots. Not wanting to do damage to it, I stop it immediately. Since it is monted on a router table I reached under and touched the router body to see if it as hot. It was cold and I tought so since I only done about two feet of edging on a soft piece of spruce. So, I hit the triger but to my dismay it would not go. I checked the plug and the fuse box to no avail.
This morning I took the souter off the table and as I handled it some thing seemed to giggle inside the casing. I turned it right side up and then upside down hoping what ever was loose would come out. All I got was some small black pieces of what the motor brushes are made of. Upon investigating the brushes, one of them had broke in half.
I opened the casing hoping to retreived the broken particle of the the brush before inserting a new one. To my supprise I found three or four small pieces of the stater all chewed up. Needless to say I am returning this router for service. Has any of you had a similar experience? What could have caused the brush to desintergrate? What did I do wrong? This router is brand spanking new. What gives?