Specifications & Dimensions
|Overall Dimensions:||12" H x 6.5" D|
|Item Weight (lbs.):||12|
|Number of Handles:||2|
|Collet Capacity:||1/4 and 1/2 in.|
|Collet Chuck Size:||1/4 and 1/2 in.|
|Housing Material:||Die cast aluminum|
Ratings & Reviews
This 10 Amp Plunge Router Delivers Control
Capable of microscopic 1/64th inch height adjustments, featuring variable speed control and a combination of metals balancing portability with strength, this plunge router delivers precision cutting for tight joints and flawless details. With dual side view windows it delivers clear visibility, while the grippy vibration reducing handles are built for hours of on the job performance. A solid machine, that’s built to maintain the proper bit speed through hard and soft woods, plastics and composite materials, add this plunge router to your shop, and get the performance you need for a job well done.
- 6 variable speed control from 10,000-25,000 revolutions per minute (RPM). Great for routing into a variety of woods and plastics
- Soft start technology prevents router take off as the Craftsman motor slowly increases to its full capacity of 25,000 RPM
- Secures the router bit at the desired height and prevents the router from self-adjusting during use
- Maintains proper bit speed through all types of soft and hard woods
- Rack and Pinion Height Adjustment and 4-position Depth-Stop Turret. Allows for micro-height adjustments in 1/64-inch increments by simply turning the height adjustment knob.
- For rapid height adjustment of 1/2-inch or more simply push the button to by-pass the rack and pinion and 4-position depth stop turret can be adjusted from 1/4 to ½ in
- Die cast aluminum upper and lower motor housing is lightweight, yet powerful. Steel machined motor sleeve houses the mandrel and gearbox
- Dual full-view windows provides a clear sight-line to the router bit and work surface from both the front or rear of the router. Chip deflector keeps the debris contained and away from the operator. Can be attached to a 1 1/4-inch vacuum adaptor
- Ergonomically designed handles reduce vibration and user fatigue while providing a superior grip and feel at virtually any position
- Heavy-duty precision machined router base with clear sub-base provides a level platform to properly secure and level the appropriate router sub-base. Clear router sub-bases are designed to help illuminate the work area as well as for proper debris extraction. Router sub-base are universal and will also accept steel threaded router bushings
- Located in the front of the router for easy removal of the router bit or router collet with the use of one wrench
- Replaceable carbon brushes for long, dependable service (replacement brushes available separately)
- Available for Gift Wrap
Added on May 06, 2011
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Most Helpful Reviews
I have to say this is the best router I've used. It has good power, the plunge base moves smoothly and is sturdy and the whole thing is built very well. The manuals were very informative too and I suggest anyone that purchases this router gives them a read before diving in. This thing was easy to set up and get going. I also like that you can make very accurate adjustments to your depth. All in all a solid package. An added plus was the nice storage bag it came with. I'm glad it has a large pocket inside so I can store all my bits with the tool and have it all in one place when I need it.
All in all, this is a very nice router. At least the one I purchased seems fine- all the parts were in the box and the router worked great when I turned it on. I did notice that the router has a little play in it when moving up and down- hence, 4 instead of 5 stars. Not sure how this might affect the accuracy of cutting slots in boards. I will have to see how the router holds up after a lot of use. One thing the manual did not address was a small plastic piece that was in the box. At first, I thought that maybe a piece had broken off the router or some other part in the box, but I could not find any thing that seemed to be missing anything. Finally, I looked at the parts list and found that the piece went under the vacuum attachment where it attaches to the router. So it was OK, but there should have been a mention of this in the manual. As with all Chinese made power tools, quality control is a real problem so hopefully you will get a decent unit- good thing Sears has a decent return policy.
I ruined an expensive counter top. I set the plunge router return ,as you route the adjustment spins and changes the depth. It lowered it when I set the router down it carved my new top. You would think their would be someway to lock this adjustment !!!
I bout this router for the specific purpose of making personalized signs. Popular with campers and RVers. This router worked perfectly. The soft start and the smooth plunge action made the job a treat not a chore. I own two other routers, one in a table the other a fixed base model - I recommend this model for all general purpose routing projects.
San Ramon, CA
This is my first router and it is very sturdy, powerful and easy to use. It also come with the carrying case. I got it on sale and the price was very good. I would recommend to anyone.
Use this plunge router mostly for routing holes in stereo speaker builds! The Jasper Circle Jigs mount easily to all Craftsman Routers and as a combo do an excellent job of routing out precise holes & recesses for mounting your drivers for a professional look. Love the soft start and variable speed control! This router gives all the power and precision I require. A great addition to the tool arsenal!!
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I got this item as a newbie I love it i tried it on a few junk pieces and got the hang of it now I can do all kinds of crazy things with it the slow start motor is a nice touch it doesn't rip your hands off i love this product good job craftsman
Very easy to operate. Very easy to change bits. When used in a router table, the height adjust can be made from above the table. The only down side to this router is the base plate. The hole in the middle is small thereby limiting the assortment of bits that can be used with it. This was easily corrected by making a new baseplate out of a 1/4 in.thick piece of plexiglass. In course in doing so, I cant use the vacumm attachment anymore, but that's okay.All in all, this is one of the best routers I've ever used.
Saint Cloud, FL
Three trips to sears and on the third trip I bought a fixed base. The two of these I bought stuck. Would not go up or down. Had to physically pull it to move. Was very disappointed after just over a quarter tank of gas running back and forth. The replacement for the first one I opened in the store. It was pretty beat up and dirty but they claimed it was new. The second day it began sticking again. Almost like the rails weren't machined well or something? Too bad, everything else seemed to work good.
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