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
This router is powerful and get's the job done. I love the fact that you can have this router installed on a router table or you can remove it and use it with the plunge piece when you need it to use a round over bit for a project. This router is so well worth the money.
I am impressed with the quality of this router. It feels very sturdy. The fact that it came with a plunge and a fixed base is pretty cool. It does only come with one plexiglass base and the center hole is not large enough to fit any large bits. I found a set of 6 of these bases at sears for $20 and bought them, now I can actually use the router to its full extent.
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.
This unit will be used primarily in my router table so the edge guide, fixed and plunge bases as well as the dust collection attachments will see little use. I have tried both bases in a free hand mode when I received the router and find them convenient and useful. What I particularly like and the reason I bought this router is the soft start and the power of the unit. Very nice. This 2.5HP ROUTER WILL BE REPLACING an older (15 years plus) Craftsman router which my new router lift will not accommodate. It too, has served me very well over many years. You can't beat Craftsman tools when it comes to reliability.
Newbury Park, CA
This is my third or fourth Craftsman router that I have purchased. Last one worked great for 14 years. I initially thought that the on/off switch being on the body rather than on the right grip handle would cause problems; but as long as you are careful when turning it off there is no problem. Things I really like: 1. Soft start is a great feature. No more having the router torque out of your hand when starting up. 2. The triple LED light is great - much better than the single light in my previous router. 3. Having plunge capability and a fixed base is a great feature. 4. Sears modified the adjusting tabs for the edge guide making it easier to adjust the depth. 5. Suction port is a real benefit. I did modify the edge guide making the opening for the bit smaller so it does not go off the end of your work piece so soon. I also determined that if you are routing an enclosed area (hollowing something out) the dust suction works much better if you tape off all of the holes in the base plate except for the one the bit fits through. Best router I have even owned.
The 14-amp router is easy to use. it works great nice and smooth does not kick back. The plunge and stationary bases are easy to switch out. Can't wait to use tit for many more projects.
This was a birthday present and when he opened it, he said it was just the one he had been looking at for himself. He has used it a couple times now and seems to love it.
Router performs well, it will go at the speed it wants it to but there are recommendations for the size of the bit. The base plate has to be milled out in order to fit bigger bits, didn't take that long to do.
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