Craftsman 14-amp, 2.5-hp Fixed/Plunge Base Router with Soft Start TechnologyItem# 00927680000 | Model# 27680
Specifications & Dimensions
|Item Weight (lbs.):||16|
|Speed Capability:||9 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
14-Amp Base Router with Soft Start Technology Makes A Versatile Addition to the Workshop
This Craftsman 2.5-hp Fixed/Plunge router makes woodworking projects like cutting profiles, duplicating shapes and trim edging fast and easy. Use it in fixed mode for a set depth cut, or plunge mode for more intricate woodworking like cutting mortises, dadoes and incised letters.
Available with 1/4 inch and 1/2 inch collets, this 14-amp base router with soft start technology can be used for an array of projects. With 9 variable motor speeds, you can set the pace to best deal with soft and hard woods, plastics and composite materials easily. Dual full-view window, front/rear chip deflectors and dust extraction hoods keep work clean and safe, while the lighted cutting area helps you keep an eye on every cut, for dependable accuracy. A solid tool, built to deliver precise results plug it in and get the next job done right, with Craftsman.
- Craftsman 2.5-hp Fixed/Plunge Router has a speed range from 10,000 to 25,000 rpm
- Permanently sealed motor with 9 variable speeds and electronic feedback control help prevent bogging down when the load increases
- Includes 1/2 and 1/4-in. collets, 2 router bases, edge guide, dust extraction hoods, wrench and case
- Item Weight:15.5 lbs.
- This versatile router comes with a 1 year warranty from Craftsman
Added on March 05, 2011
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Most Helpful Reviews
I would give this more stars, but I had to re-manufacture the base plate. The opeing is only 1.25 inches. Many of the router bits that do 1/2 or more won't fit. These are the router bits that you BUY a 2.5hp router for.
I was a little worried about this router given the price but so far the router has been great. I use it with the Craftsman Premium aluminum die cast router table and together they work great. This router makes grooves and rabbets without issue. If you are looking for an inexpensive set up that delivers good quality results this router works great. The router and the table purchased together add up to about 350-400 bucks depending if there is a sale. I have not used the router out of the table so i cant comment on that but for under the table this is the way to go if you are on a budget.
The router works as advertised. Excellent piece of machinery. Also fits the craftsman table perfectly. Makes any job or project a snap. One issue is that it comes with only one face plate and it only fits the smaller bits. You have to buy the other face plates if you want to use the bigger bits. They come in a pack of 10ea to fit the different bits. Last, you have to take the router out of its stand in order to change the bits. This is time consuming if you are using multiple bits.
I purchased this router to go with the Premium Die Cast Aluminum Router Table. I currently have six different routers and this one is better than my $300 Bosch plunge router. This router is absolutely fantastic and for the money it is an incredible buy. I love the slow start and with 2.5 hp that is a real plus. I also like the LED lights, they really light up the work surface. Great router at a great price!
Lutherville Timonium, MD
Great router. It's powerful, well designed, easy to swap between fixed and plunge bases, and 1/4 or 1/2 inch collets. Good work light that actually hits the work piece and decent visibility thru the sub-base. I'd recommend buying the craftsman sub-base combo pack with this router if you're planning on using larger molding bits, included sub-base can only be used with bits 1 1/4 inch diameter or smaller. Found a great review of this router on toolselect.com prior to purchase.
Fall River, MA
I have only had this router for a little while, but it seems to be a very good router. I like the soft start, and it illuminates the work area nicely. Has plenty of power. With that said, if you use the very large diameter router bits, you should be looking for a 3HP router. I put this under my Craftsman aluminum router table and works great with the above table height adjustment. Others have mentioned they wish the switch was on or closer to the handles, I can understand that but I will be using this under the table so this is a non issue for me. Someone complained about the carry bag that comes with it and said it didn't come with instructions how to pack it....really? I like the bag over the hard case. I can put in the router all the attachments plus a 25' power cord,can't do that with the molded hard case. Plus this router comes with a good price and should be a solid performer, but only time will tell.
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