Specifications & Dimensions
|Item Weight (lbs.):||13|
|Speed Capability:||6 speeds|
|Collet Chuck Size:||1/4 and 1/2 in.|
|Micro Depth Adj.:||Yes|
|Plunge Lock Control:||Yes|
|Package Contents:||Worklight, Wrench, Cutting Guide|
Ratings & Reviews
The 12-Amp Base Router with Soft Start Technology
The Craftsman 2 hp dual base router powers through the toughest tasks while delivering a maximum speed of 25000 RPM. Six variable speed adjustments adjust from veneer to soft to hardwoods and plastics, while the ergonomic handles help limit vibration, even after hours on the job.
This 12 amp base router with soft start technology allows you to switch between a plunge and fixed bases fast, so you can swap from trim routing to carving dados, without wasting time. Equipped to work with ¼ and ½ in. collets, built tough and powered by a 2 hp motor, this router is ready for anything. Toss it on your workbench, and get to work with Craftsman.
- Craftsman 2 hp dual base router includes :1/2 and 1/4-in. collets, 2 router bases, edge guide, 2 vac adapters, wrench and case
- Easy portability gets the job done anywhere
- Soft start slowly increases speed to help eliminate router take-off
- Permanently sealed motor with 6 variable speeds from 10,000 to 25,000 rpm and electronic feedback control to ensure proper rpm for different bit sizes
- Dual full-view window and front/rear chip deflectors deliver clear visibility
- Available for Gift Wrap
Added on March 05, 2011
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Most Helpful Reviews
I purchased this router along with a craftsman router table and a box of craftsman router bits for a project I was working on. Everything went fairly smooth until I went to put a bit in the router. The bits that I wanted to use (3/8" round over) will not fit in the router sub plate that comes with the router. I went online to order a different sub plate with a larger hole and the only one I could find is the 6 piece set and come to find out that it is ONLY sold in Canada and they will NOT ship to the USA. In fact if you buy this router (or any router for that fact) from Sears and buy the bits you will not be able to use the larger bits because they are too big for the plate. They do not sell another plate in the U.S. I am not totally sure what they expect us to do. I did manage to get the 6 piece plate set but it was only because I know someone in Canada and I had it shipped to them and then they in turn shipped it to me. Unless you have a drill press and want to make your own plates I would suggest buying a DeWalt or Bosch or one of the name brands that actually sell plates in the U.S.
I always liked Craftsman tools and am in the market for a new table saw, but I think I may shop elsewhere for my tools from now on, customer service on the phone was useless as well, overall I was completely dissatisfied with this experience!
I bought this router for my husband for Xmas and he loved it. He can't wait to start his first project. The soft touch start was his favorite feature. Already thinking of project to use the plunge base for.
Although I purchased this as a holiday gift for my hubby, I know he researches things thoroughly before he puts something on his "want" list. All Craftsman tools and power tools in our collection are, historically, high quality, so there's no reason to believe this won't follow suit. Hubby is crafting a guitar body and wants this to help with the project. He also wants to do woodworking -- furniture, shelving, cabinets, etc. I am not an expert on routers or any other power tool, but know Craftsman tools to be always of high quality, backed by a terrific warranty, and for reasonable prices. We love the buy online/pickup in store option as it prevents damages that can be caused during shipping and the unknown exact date of delivery. Give it a try... nothing to lose: Sears always stands by its Craftsman label items.
I got this for shaping new baseboard & my hobby sign making & after my husband tried it in one of his tables I have trouble getting it back to use it. He has others that just don't have the plunge and he is getting more use out of it than I have had a change to. Great price.
I used the router on over 600 board feet of select pine on my router table. I create v groove tongue and groove 1 by 8 planks. The router ran great was easy to micro adjust, never heated up of bound on knots.
I bought a Craftsman router about 1 1/2 years ago. At the time I didn't have a big project going so I barely used it. Now after just getting into a project, the router failed--and I was using on OSB, so there shouldn't have much strain on it. I will never again buy a Craftsman power tool. They won't stand behind them at all.
I purchased this item because I required a larger collet ,(1/2"), for several of my router bits. I own two other Craftsman routers, and they perform great. The soft start when the router is powered up, makes it easy to hold onto, and easer to guide into the work piece. The three LED lights do a great job of illuminating the cutter as you feed it into the wood. The clear plastic shields work great to keep wood chips and dust out of you eyes. The 2HP is more than enough power to allow you to feed the cutter into the work piece fast enough to prevent burning the wood. The depth adjustment leaves a little to be desired. My older two routers have a better adjustment system, that allows adjustments in small increments that are very accurate. I had a difficult time setting the cutter depth using the device as the instruction suggest. I had to zero the cutter bit with the base, and use a scale to set the depth. I like this router, because of the soft start, power, work light, collet size, and the two bases, the fixed base, and the plunge base. This router did what I required on my project, and did it well. I would definitely recommend this produce to anyone requiring a router.
Oak Park, IL
This router is has been great so far have only owned a couple months but has handeld every job i've used it for without question. I would recommend this router for your wood shop!
Rancho Cordova, CA
I have an older sears router (10 yrs w/ only switch replacement ), fixed base that i decided to upgrade. In combo I also purchased the pro router table and cabinet. The combo works perfect together as the fixed based is mounted to the table and the plunge is for outside work. Though my other router works fine, this combo has many other new features. The soft start is fantastic as it doesn't want to jump out of your hands like the older one. Inlays are a breeze and the vacuum adapter is a welcome plus. I had no problems as other reviewers stated. Adjustments are more precise, and overall use is just easy. Switching from table to plunge is just a flip of the lever and a button. With variable speed, micro adjust, etc, you can't go wrong for this price.
Bought this to replace a much older Craftsman with a collet problem, The two collets supplied with this are much more substantial AND replaceable. Soft start works well,work light is good. Depth adjustment is a bit fiddly, not to be depended on for accuracy but stable once clamped. No trouble with bit insertion or removal.
La Mirada, CA
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