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Ryobi R165 Router switch

The switch used to lock and unlock the chuck switches from unlock to lock and the router shuts down.

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I'd say it's time to replace it or get a new router. Sounds dangerous to me.
Here's a link to a parts diagram and list if that will help you out somehow...
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I hope this information allows you to resolve this issue. If you need further assistance, please post back with a comment to this thread. If I've managed to answer your question or solve a problem, please take a moment to kindly rate this post....thanks!

Posted on Apr 02, 2009

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