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 -