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      Craftsman  12-amp, 2-hp Fixed Base Router with Soft Start Technology

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      Motor-Engine:
      Amps: 12.0
      Speed Capability: 6 speeds
      General Features:
      Collet Capacity: 1/4 and 1/2 in.
      Type:
      Type: Fixed base
      Case:
      Case Included: Yes
      Package Includes:
      Package Contents: Wrench, Cutting Guide

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      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

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      Added on February 26, 2011

       

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      43 Reviews Write a review
      31 Reviewers (72.0%) would recommend this to a friend.
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      Most Helpful Reviews

      Praise4 found this helpful
      tradesman26
      Apr 27 , 2013
      Have one need two more would like three more
      I looked at one review regarding raised panel doors, I run 3"+ bit on my doors and set the speed to low while taking 3-4 passes. Works fine for me, like it so much I'm planning on using them for my cabinet door set up. Also used it to flush trim birch at 1 3/8" thick again worked fine. Like the work light and speed chart vs the Porta Cable, to Sears keep this tool keep putting it on sale. She's a beast and the sale price makes it worth buying several at a time if you work with them day in and day out. This is the quality that kept my old man comming back time and time again, this is old school Craftsman quality (just use it right).
      Criticism4 found this helpful
      Duane13
      Feb 11 , 2014
      Could have been good, sadly was not
      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.
       

      FurnitureForFun

      Columbia, MD

      Jan 20 , 2015
      Overall
      Little improvement comes to mind

      I've installed this under a Bench Dog router plate pre-drilled for a Craftsman router and it fits perfectly. The plate is set in a bench top table I made of thick butcher block maple. The router on/off switch and buckle are easy to reach. The motor is easily removed and replaced. This unit is quiet and has plenty of HP. One really nice addition is both 1/4" and 1/2" collets come with a collet nut. This is nice because there is to hassle getting a collet out of a nut. The unit has a variable speed control that is very consistent as it is advanced. I'd rate this unit 6 stars. My only improvement is to sell it without the bag and save me a few bucks.

      I would recommend this product to a friend.

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      santa25

      Buffalo, NY

      Dec 21 , 2014
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      Overall
      I have 2 of these

      I love the soft start and it takes both size bits

      I would recommend this product to a friend.

      The reviewer indicated they are affiliated with this product.
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      sallen9391

      Hurst, TX

      Aug 29 , 2014
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      Overall
      Great Router

      It did exactly the job I needed it to do and was a fair price. I would recommend this product if you need a router. Craftsman is great brand and what I always buy.

      I would recommend this product to a friend.

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      DLKidd

      Grafton, WV

      Aug 14 , 2014
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      Overall
      The best unit for the price

      I have a similar Craftsman Router that I had used for 30 or 40 years. I lost the tapered bushing that was necessary to hold the router bits in place; it was too old to obtain replacement parts so I bought this one that is very similar in weight power and handling. Note of interest: After owning this New router for a little over a month, I discovered the missing bearing

      I would recommend this product to a friend.

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      Smokedprime

      Yankton, SD

      Jul 14 , 2014
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      Overall
      Works quite well on my router table

      I've had this router mounted on my MLCS router table for several years now and have had no issues. The soft start and variable speed work as advertised. I've used a variety of bits from basic round over's to lock miter's in MDF & woods and this router is up to the task. When done routing, fire up the compressor and blow the dust out of your router and adjustments for continued proper performance.

      I would recommend this product to a friend.

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      Jul 6 , 2014
      via sears.com
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      A Dissapointment for my Application

      I bought this router as a dedicated machine for use with my Rockler dovetail jig. It's been rather difficult to adjust and it take some manipulation to use a busing guide and dovetail bit. Cutting action is fine, I just wish it were more user-friendly in the adjustment department.


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      tws3b2

      Sharon, SC

      Feb 27 , 2014
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      Overall
      Nice

      Got this router and the 37596 router table. I did not think there would be much to it because of the price. But it turned out to be a nice router. Nothing fancy. But, For the price you can't beat it.

      I would recommend this product to a friend.

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      Duane13

      Flatwoods, KY

      Feb 11 , 2014
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      Could have been good, sadly was not

      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.


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      Dracula2000

      Scipio Center, NY

      Feb 9 , 2014
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      Overall
      First router

      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

      I would recommend this product to a friend.

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      rayschoon63

      Rockford, IL

      Jan 29 , 2014
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      Great!

      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 would recommend this product to a friend.

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