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Right angle grinder starting to smell like burning electrics, bad armature or bad field. Which goes first?

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  • royzee May 11, 2010

    Sorry what do you mean by angle grinder?



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Usually the brushes will go bad first

Posted on Apr 13, 2009

    PETE GALATI Apr 13, 2009

    look at the aemature and see if there is a lot of dirt or burn marks.if there are burn marks you might be able to take a smsll strip of emery cloth and go over the armature real lightly,then take a brush and bursh out the little tracks on the armature.if you have some contact cleaner you can try to spray a little on a cloth and wipe it clean.



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