Wednesday, 26 June 2013

I love a good bargain

Hi all I bought this last week off of e bay  it arrived this afternoon .

Its a craftsman router 746-21 heavy duty, originally made for the  English markets at 240v unlike the Americans there own at 110v  same models just a different power requirement .  It was originally bought back on 18/07/1981  from Self-ridges of London  this make it approximately 32 yrs old . It's brand new, never been out of the box, why I don,t know  I tested it here this afternoon and it works fine.

below showing  the base plate unmarked and the router template guide.

front glass  screen with internal light.

As its been in the box for 32 yrs the power lead is very stiff so tomorrow I'll pop out and buy some new I'm just gonna use it and enjoy it
£50 + £6.50 del  :);) hc

Craftsman Routers

hi all

I have this lovely old Craftsman router  which I obtained through a job lot  when bidding on something else, I decided to keep this as it is in good working condition,  it has now become my favorite router that i reach for every time I need one.

I have tried sourcing a new switch for it  from America, the few website i did find a replacement switch they would not ship outside of the states grr.

As seen above the router  switch which is a sideways click on or off , sometimes when in use it jumps  off  i need to keep my thumb on it  to stop it happening.

I managed to source a micro adjustment fence from e bay a few yrs ago.

on the silver plate its  stamped with P9209

 here is the  router, anyone know off a possible  supplier here in the UK ?  it would be very much appreciated if you do. thanks for looking.

battery drill maintenance

So come on then  hands up, how many of you actually do it, maintenance of course  on your power tools,  what did you think I meant. lol.

I usually do mine every two years, this time around I have been force to do mine early as one of my cordless drill has developed  a start stop intermittent problem  bloody annoying, it always seems to happen just when you get the drill lined up to drill a hole press the trigger and nothing Gr.

While I sort the start stop problem out I may a s well service both my other  cordless drill at the same time. I like to keep them  checked over to get the best from  them. Quality battery drills are now very very expensive items to buy, spare part are not cheap either.

I have three  Bosch battery drill two of these are hammer drill as well as being drill drivers, one being the 14,4v the other 12v  drill driver. I have one  makita drill driver 7.2v  which go's right back to 1988  and is still in perfect  working order, I still have the original battery as well, still charging although it is getting lazy.

My other Bosch is a 12 v hammer drill  which I'm not going to service this time around I have not included it in the photo, I'm going to sell that one on, I also have an Hitachi SBS electric hammer drill so don't really need three hammer drill any more . Here are the three I'm going to service.

On the right is the 14,4v hammer it's quite a heavy drill to use this is the one with the start stop problem, In the middle to be serviced is the 12v drill driver lovely comfortable drill to use. On the left, the first battery drill I bought an excellent drill is my trusty old makita 7.2v I semi-retired it a few years ago and only bring it out when I need several drill sets up all at any one time. I used this one today as I had to get into a tight spot, ooh I had forgotten just how much torque this little guy really has for such a small low powered drill, did the job a treat.

Here's the 14,4v drill stripped apart, as soon as I opened it up it was obvious what was causing the stop start problem. I searched Bosch's web site for new parts which are available at £31.00, then I searched e-bay and found 1 at £7.50,  I do like  a bargain.

As can be seen here a lot of damage and corrosion to the  contact connection arms inside the handle, it appears at some time in the past one side has been bent and each time a battery was removed for charging and then  replaced with another, it has slowly roll the end of the connections arm inwards until it never made contact with the battery terminals at all, or it was just slightly touching the terminals causing the stop start problem I was experiencing.

New switch how it should look.

Next was to solder the new switch to the wiring which only takes a few moments. On the right the switch reassemble back into the handle with the trigger forward/ reverse mechanism set up as well.

While I have it stripped down  I think it would be a good time to remove the brushes and replace them.

I have some special grease somewhere I used in the past,  just a few small spots here and there  just to keep the gearing and bearings lubricated. Hmm now where did I store it away to. enjoy.