What is the black plastic on the Makita router Power Cable

On the power cable of the makita router there is a black plastic cable box.

I’m about to rip it off, but thought there was potentially some reason it was hear and thought I’d ask to check that this is ok.

Also is there some special way to open this thing?

One of the great questions of the ages… some say it is an anti-theft device for in store sales, other rumors say that it may be a ferrite coil to reduce emi…I just slid it out of the way and still wonder what it is. To remove it I would just use a dremel and slice it open.
I would guess it is anti theft

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Yep, anti theft. Squash it in a vice or vice grips, easiest way to remove.

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Could be anti theft but looks a lot like a ferrite bead. Either way it wont hurt to remove it. If it is a ferrite bead and you start having disconnects you can add one back on.

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My UK, 240v version of the Makita doesn’t have one of these fitted.

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Anti-theft? :smiley: Where does that come from?

That is a rather large ferrite assembly to keep your Makita from adding its brush arcing noise onto the power line.

You might want to add more of them to the line, but if you want to join the “League of Disconnect Victimhood”, removing this might be a good way to do it. :smiley:

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It certainly could be an anti-theft emtag… especially if it has “emtag” written on it, as in this picture:

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I’ll be a monkey’s uncle. Mine is a ferrite and looks bigger, shorter and fatter.

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Perhaps the anti-theft company behind these products deliberately makes them look like ferrite cores so that when they are on display in Big Tools Depot, Mr Ima Burglar can’t see an obvious tag/dongle to remove before they perform their nefarious task ?

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Hmmmmm … maybe this is why I haven’t had a disconnect since I bought the machine? :thinking:

Certainly doesn’t hurt anything, and no one tried to steal mine, either! :smiley:

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There you go, bragging again :rofl:

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