Specifications & Dimensions
|Speed Capability:||6 speeds|
|Collet Capacity:||1/4 and 1/2 in.|
|Package Contents:||Wrench, Cutting Guide|
Ratings & Reviews
This Craftsman 12 Amp Router Makes Short Work of Big Jobs
Powerful and built to cut with precision, this variable speed router combines the lightweight maneuverability of die cast aluminum with the long enduring stability of steel to help you get the job done right. A solid addition to any shop, it features a built-in work light, precision finished clear base and the control of ergonomically shaped handles designed to give you more control with less vibration. Featuring variable speeds from 10,000 to 25,000 rpm with both ¼ and ½ inch collets, whether you’re cutting channels in plastic, setting hinges into door frames or adding a finely detailed dovetail, this router delivers. Add it to your arsenal, and get the performance you need for a job well done.
- 12 amp router features a permanently sealed motor to eliminate dust issues
- Dual view side windows provide visibility
- Fore and aft chip deflectors improve visibility
- ½ and ¼ in. collets adapt to the job
- Variable speed control allows you to cut hard and soft woods, plastic and composite materials
- Ergonomic designed handles reduces vibration
- Precision height adjustment
- Tight locking collar keeps the right height, cut after cut
- Soft start slowly increases RPMs, cutting down on jerk and tear-away
- Available for Gift Wrap
Added on February 26, 2011
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Most Helpful Reviews
I bought this needing a basic router. I was looking for one that was powerful, but at a low price. I was surprised how much less this one was compared to other brands when considering the HP it had on it. With that being said it has been extremely effective and I have not had any issues with it. I would strongly recommend this to anyone looking for a router, especially someone who is budget conscious.
Well I wish I'd seen these reviews prior to buying. Bought this earlier, took it home and compared it to my old 17543 router. RPM's were slower with speed setting on 6 compared to my old Craftsman set on 4. It also sounded like it had dry bearings when running. I didn't think this was right so I returned it and asked to test the second one before buying. Was told I cannot, and the guy acted like he didn't even believe me, so I said forget it. Then the sales guy grabs the display and tested it. It worked, was much faster, but also made a noise. He then opens the box of a new one after saying I can't. This one had the collet wedged in the shaft and would not come out even with the nut removed. It needed pliers but I wasn't risking a damaged collet to cause a bit to fly out later. They only had two so I just returned mine and left. These reviews seem to suggest this model may have a bad motor. The hassle at the store makes taking a chance on further Craftsman tools not very appealing. Too bad. The router design looked good. Similar to a Bosch, which I'll be buying now.
Scipio Center, NY
This is my first router. I haven't used it feet much but it seems to have more than enough power. The storage bag is ok for a bag but a hard sided case would be much better
This is the perfect for the man that has everything. My husband likes to play with wood and make new things, and this tool allows him to experiment. He is making a lot of new items this winter.
I know there are benefits to buying a $300 router, but it's hard to remember what they are after using this one. It's simple, powerful, and easily adapts to what I need it to do. I like the soft-start and the adjustments on this one. It really can't be beat for the price and function.
New Port Richey, FL
Love the soft start & led lights but you still can't see what you're doing because of the huge collet. You can use either a 1/2" or 1/4" bit with this router but either way the collet is big. I brought this back to Sears in favor of the plunge model of the same router. Don't need plunge but should be able to see the work through the larger opening and still have plunge if I want it. Hard to beat these routers for value for the money. Ryobi makes a router that might compete with this but it doesn't look as well made.
Pine Beach, NJ
I needed to make a head moulding for top of windows and doors.for a colonial look. My old Bosch router was lost with flooding from Sandy. The 2 HP Craftsman was a good economical choice for the work. The 1/4" shank bit is 1-1/2" in dia. It will not fit thru hole in base. 1/2" round over will not fit either. I am going to make a custom base in order to finish job. Why is hole so small?
Virginia Beach, VA
Started out with a Router & Route Table Combo. Router broke but did have a power indcator. Swapped that out for the next best model. It did not have the power indicator. It started to smell funny and ran badly. Swapped that one out for this one and it is really nice as well as has a power indicator. It ended up only costing a few dorrale more but was worth it!!
I love this router. It has plenty of power for what I use it for. Furniture making and basic router cuts. I recently tried looking to buy a plunge blase for this router as it only came with the fixed. Unfortunately you cannot buy the plunge base as an aftermarket item to this router. So if you want one with a plunge base with the fixed base, buy the combo set. Grip handles are comfortable and love the soft start technology. The built in light is great.
I bought this router 1 week ago and it died 3 days after using it. While I used it in those three days, they were used on scrap wood just to try out the router. The router @ times would stutter due to not enough power. I was only routing max of 1/4 inch of wood using 3/4 straight router bit. While I was using it to cut finger joints, it died on me mid-way through cutting the groves. I returned this router and got another router (Craftsman #27683) with plunger and fixed base. This new router is also 12 amp, 2hp. I can definitely tell #27683 has so much more power. I cannot recommend this router to someone else. I would highly recommend "Craftsman #27683".
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