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Repair Parts Home    Power Tool Articles    Quick Fix: How to Replace the Brushes on a Porter Cable 7518 or 7519 Router

Why Read This Article?

  • Learn to perform a common maintenance task on your Porter Cable 7518 or 7519 router. 

Article Breakdown

Repair Information:
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 5 minutes
Frequency: As needed

Replacing the Brushes:
1. Remove the top cover.
2. Remove the brushes.
3. Install the new brushes.
4. Replace the top cover.

Video

Tools & Materials

  • Phillip's-head screwdriver
  • Needle-nose pliers

Quick Fix: How to Replace the Brushes on a Porter Cable 7518 or 7519 Router

November 9, 2011
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Brushes commonly fail in power tools. This article will help get you back to work by showing you the steps needed to replace the brushes in a Porter Cable 7518 or 7519 router. 

Brushes in every type of power tool are some of the fastest parts to wear. Learning to replace the brushes in your tools can save a lot of time and money compared to a repair shop, and will keep your tools running like new.

 


For this repair, we used a Porter cable 7518/7519 router. Different routers have different brush configurations, but most brush replacements will be very similar. To find Porter Cable parts, including replacement brushes, use our Porter Cable parts finder. For other power tool parts, visit our power tool search page.

 

Replacing the Brushes

1. Remove the top cover

Remove the four screws that secure the cover. Then remove the cover and set it aside.

 


2. Remove the brushes

Remove the screw that secures the brush wire to the router.



Use your needle-nose pliers to pull the brush tension spring out of the way.



Now you can remove the brush from the router.



Repeat these steps for the brush on the other side of the router.

 


3. Install the new brushes

Slide the brush into place in the router.



Move the tension spring back into place on top of the brush.



Connect the brush wire to the router with the screw.



Repeat the installation for the brush on the other side of the router.

 


4. Replace the top cover

Now just replace the top cover and secure it with the screws to finalize the repair.


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Conclusion

And that's how easy it is to replace the brushes on a Porter Cable 7518 or 7519 router. This repair will help keep your router running like new. And if you always have an extra set of brushes in your workshop, you won't have to wait to get right back to work. 

Remember to use our power tool parts search to find the right brushes and other parts for all your power tools. 


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