I had a bad tool day yesterday.
First, when I was installing a 1/4" blade on my bandsaw to cut a pattern for butterfly inlays, I discovered that the lower backup bearing had literally fallen apart. The outer race was completely off of the inner race, with a shield dangling from the mounting bolt and a few balls scattered about. I had replaced all the bearings with a new set from the mothership when I first got the saw about three years ago, and it's only had intermittent weekend use since. So much for Chinese bearings.
Fortunately, I had saved some of the original bearing that were still in good shape, and so it was back in operation in just a few minutes.
Then a little while later, as I was routing the pocket in an butterfly template with the overarm router, something started sounding rough, and a couple seconds later black plastic bits started falling onto my workpiece. WTH? I shut the router off as fast as I could find the switch, and it took a loooooong time to spin down. Not good. This was a PC 6902 motor from a Type 2 PC 690 I had bought on Craigslist a while back. It had sounded fine on test spins, but I had never really used it before. After I pulled it out of the OPR, I could see that the internal cooling fan had disentegrated. All the little black plastic fan blades were broken off.
So I checked on the availability of replacement fans, and it turns out that they only come as part of a complete armature assembly. Probably because it all has to be dynamically balanced as an assembly. But get this. A replacement armature assembly costs almost $200. Or I can buy an entire replacement motor for $128. Or I can buy a brand new PC 690, with motor, fixed base, collets and wrenches for $123. WTH?
As it happens, I have another (newer) PC 690, and so the OPR is back up and running this evening. But I'm now without a decent router for hand-held use.
Reible, do you still recommend the Hitachi routers? The price is certainly attractive. Variable speed with both a fixed and plunge base for only $25 more than the fixed-speed fixed-base Porter Cable. And I do need a decent plunge router. Most of the reviews on Amazon were very good, but a significant minority either got a lemon, or don't know how to change bits properly.