Craftsman 14-amp, 2.5-hp Fixed/Plunge Base Router with Soft Start TechnologyItem# 00927680000 | Model# 27680
Specifications & Dimensions
|Item Weight (lbs.):||15.5 lbs.|
|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 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.
Once again craftsman has meet my expectations on how a router is made and performs . The professional tools from craftsman have always been well built and durable . The 2.5 hp motor with the soft start technology makes this a must have tool .
I purchased this router less than a year ago. I'm in need of sub base plates part#64182 for the fixed base and part#64183 for the plunge base. The Sears web sight says they are not available any longer. Why should I buy a anything from craftsman or sears anymore if i can't buy the accessories I need to use it? It's 11 months old! They still sell the router and don't support it! I'm ready to sell it at a loss and buy one from a company that actually support their products! NO WONDER SEARS CAN'T COMPETE!
Corpus Christi, TX
I actually purchased a DeWalt Fixed/Plunge kit first. I liked the power but it lacked so many features that even cheap routers had. Some would say that you don't need the features or they are gimiky, but I think higher end routers should come with them. I didn't like the fact that there were no work lights on the DeWalt and it was more dificult to remove from the base. Also, the soft start wasn't that soft. After returning it and getting this router, I know that I made the right decission. I love this router. The Plunge base is very smooth and easily adjustable. The bits are easy to replace AND there is an above the table adjustment. I think anyone buying a router kit in the $150-$250 range should give this a shot first. Features, power, and accessories that are included make this the best purchase availble.
Been using this router in a router table as well as free hand. I haven't used any cabinet making bits in it, but is has a lot of power and has handled a tongue and groove bit set without bogging down. You won't find a more powerful router at this price point.
Needed to install some hinges on a few new doors, and wanted to buy a cheap router. Wife insisted that I buy something of better quality, so I came home with this kit. Did it do the job? Certainly. Would I buy it again? Definitely. Any caveats? Yes... The power switch is in the wrong place. Even with soft-start, I like to keep both hands on the machine, and I can't reach it where it currently is. A brake would be a useful addition. When you're doing lots of repetitive small cuts, the 20seconds for the motor to spin down really eats into the time allowed for the job. The silly fabric case is a waste of space. Firstly, there are no instructions on how to efficiently pack the router and all the accessories into the case, and it's already (one day in, one trip in car) showing signs of wear. If there was an alternative blow-moulded case available, I'd buy one in a shot. As it is, I can't see it living in this bag for very long. I'll buy (or make) a better alternative.
Lake Villa, IL
So now that I've used it, I'll add my other comments. They said my post above wasn't approved, but was passed along to customer service. The unit is very smooth. A much better unit than my previous 1.5 hp router. I am using the plastic baseplate from my old router which has a larger opening for larger bits. Kind of ridiculous, because it's all of a 1.25" diameter. This unit is not as heavy as the stats would indicate; that's the packing weight. The speed is settable, but once you start up, that's the speed. The separating bases are very convenient, especially if you want to change bits while attached to a router table. There's a learning curve to adjusting the depth, but once you're used to it, it's pretty good. I complained in a previous post about the plastic baseplate and trying to deal with customer service, but apparently, they wouldn't post it because it didn't meet standards. Note: no foul language was included. Hmmm. Overall, I really like this router.
I'm rewriting this review changing 5 starts to 1 star. I was initially sold on the price with all the bells and whistles in spite of the fact that the 1/2 inch collet was extremely tight. In my router table: The motor base started to move around in spite of adjusting and tightening (yes I know how to use in a table). This is very unsettling as the guard on my table was what kept it from literally flying up at one point, ultimately scratching the motor as it turned from the vibration. Plunge base: I tried for hours to get a straight cut in my dado jig to no avail. How do I know it is not user error versus the router. Well I used my other top brand router (yellow) had no problems whatsoever. I have learned my lesson not to stray from the tried and true. My last ditch effort at trying craftsman. You really do get what you pay for.
Pulled it out of the box and the 1/2" collet is so tight I can't even get a bit in it rendering the entire unit useless! I called Sears Repair & Service. They can't just send me a new 1/2" collet assembly which only costs $10 online. I have to drive the router up to a Sears repair shop 45 minutes away. I think I'm done with Sears Craftsman! PLUS, the little button you have to push to lock the cylinder and tighten/loosen the collet is a total pain. I had the predecessor router to this one. Used it for 7 years and had no issues. Bring back the 2 wrenches. That's SO much easier than trying to push a button with one hand and using a wrench in the other. I ordered this online because I had such a great experience with my last Craftsman router. I really wish I had taken the time to physically go into the store to look at this unit. I wouldn't recommend this unit to anyone and I haven't even powered it up yet!!!
I wanted some capacity to learn various techniques with a router, and to have some headroom in the way of power...this fits the bill perfectly. I have only done a few very simple fixed base operations with it, but it's been easy to use and I am very happy with my choice. I even like the look of it...it's very 'industrial design' in appearance, and it all goes together beautifully. The documentation is very good, and the carry case is very functional.
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