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

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Reg Price: $119.99
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Product Overview:
Item Weight (lbs.): 13
RPM: 25000
Variable Speed: Yes
Color:
Color/Finish: Black/silver
Motor-Engine:
Amps: 12.0
Speed Capability: 6 speeds
Convenience:
Dust Blower: Yes
General Features:
Collet Chuck Size: 1/4 and 1/2 in.
Cutting Tool:
Micro Depth Adj.: Yes
Plunge Lock Control: Yes
Type:
Type: Fixed/Plunge
Package Includes:
Package Contents: Worklight, Wrench, Cutting Guide

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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

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Added on March 05, 2011

 

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39 Reviewers (75.0%) would recommend this to a friend.
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woodshopteacher
Nov 22 , 2012
Very nice router for the price. It can easily compete with all others.
I am a woodworking teacher and I bought this router to compare it to others. I like to use different brand name tools so that my students can compare them for future purchase. This is the first Craftsman power tool that I have purchased for my shop. I am very impressed with this router. It has all of the features of routers that cost up to twice what it does and more. I like the LED light, the locking lever on the plunge base, the interchangable bases with an indexing pin, and much more. The only thing that could be different is that there is no removeable center on the base plate to accomidate larger bits. I made an extra base for my router, with some plexiglass that I had, and cut a larger hole. I do wish that tool companies would sponsor highschool woodshops with free tools so that students could experience them and become future customers. Funds for schools are very tight, I get about 1/4th the budget that I had in 1986 when I first started teaching.
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Ahlvin74
Jan 7 , 2012
Router OK, but sub-plate issue

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!

 

JoeBl

Midland, MI

Aug 26 , 2014
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Overall
Poor Quality

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.


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J66

Aug 20 , 2014
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12 amp, 2 HP Fixed/plunge Base Router with Soft Start technology

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.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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matt3333

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Oak Park, IL

Aug 12 , 2014
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great router

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!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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preditor2525

Rancho Cordova, CA

Aug 7 , 2014
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Routing combo

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.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Jun 30 , 2014
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Works as advertised, no problems

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.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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JimG_SoCal

La Mirada, CA

Jun 1 , 2014
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Great Router

Really happy with this router. Love the easy adjustments and variable speed control. Have since added a router table and this unit bolts on easily.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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appeltjacks

Lexington, KY

Apr 30 , 2014
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just need to use it more

I bought this router on sale and used gift cards. It was kind of an impulse buy as I do not need it much yet. I cut out a hole in a countertop for a sink and routed the edge. Worked great. Now I just need to find time to use it more extensively

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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bl3

Janesville, WI

Apr 12 , 2014
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great tool

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Niku

San Diego, CA

Mar 26 , 2014
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I was unable to get Sears/Craftsman to identify a part on this router.

Over a two day period, I talked to more than ten people at Sears/Craftsman in order to identify the name and usage of a prominent part on this router. I failed. I could never find anyone who could help me. Since I have never used a router , and since I don't want to injure myself or damage the machine, I'll have to keep looking.


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lmarsh

Elyria, OH

Mar 2 , 2014
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Excellent Router

I purchased this router to support my revived hobby of woodworking. I've been pretty impressed with the power of this router. It can be attached to a router table, or used manually with either the plunger or fixed base.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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