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Ram Pair of Brushes

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Woodworking is a great hobby for people of all ages and skill levels. Whether you're just starting out or you've been doing it for years, there's always something new to learn. One of the most important aspects of woodworking is keeping your tools in good condition. This means regularly cleaning and replacing parts as needed. One part that will eventually need to be replaced is the motor brushes.

The brush is attached to a light spring and a copper conductor with a square metal contact on the end that helps to keep the motor running smoothly. They typically last for about 1,000 hours, so it's a good idea to check them periodically and replace them as needed. Doing this will help to prolong the life of your woodworking tools and keep them running smoothly.

How to replace your motor brushes

The most common symptom of worn-out motor brushes is the handpiece getting progressively harder to use. The electric power needed to keep the rotational speed up will cause the brushes to overheat and wear out faster. The fact that you have to keep replacing them more frequently is an indication that it's time for a new handpiece.

To replace motor brushes, unscrew the plastic cover on the back of the handpiece. On the two sides, you can see the metal plate of the carbon brushes and two tiny screws holding them in place. Use a small flat-head screwdriver to pop up the metal tabs holding the brush in place, then pull the brush out. Inspect it for wear and debris, and replace it with new motor brushes.


Note: Handpieces sold prior to 2016 will use these brushes:

  • Tech2000
  • 45000
  • Optimus 35 & 45.
  • Slim nose

If you purchased your handpiece after 2016 you will need a different set of brushes.

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