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Craftsman  14-amp, 2.5-hp Fixed/Plunge Base Router with Soft Start Technology

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Reg Price: $169.99
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Product Overview:
Item Weight (lbs.): 16
RPM: 25000
Variable Speed: Yes
Color:
Color/Finish: Black/red
Motor-Engine:
Amps: 14.0
Speed Capability: 9 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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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

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Added on March 05, 2011

 

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42 Reviewers (81.0%) would recommend this to a friend.
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joelav
May 31 , 2012
Great router at a great price
Background I use a router in some fashion on every single piece of wood I cut. It is very close in the running to the most used tool in my shop, with a slight advantage to the table saw. I just replaced an 8 year old craftsman 2hp router that finally went to tool heaven. That router owed me nothing. It was extremely used, and perhaps overused. For what I put that ?cheap? router through, it had no business even turning on for the past 4 years. I also have a Porter Cable 7518. That router scares the crap out of me. Every time I turn it on I swear I can hear it say ?I?m going to kill you today!!?. It is mounted in a table and it will stay there for life. This thing is a shaper disguised as a router, and that is what I use it for. I?m sure people use them free hand, but I?m too big of a **** to do so. I also have a small Dewalt trim/laminate router that tends to the very light duty stuff. I needed a good, moderately strong router that I can feel comfortable using by hand. I like to do edge profiling by hand, not in a table. I also cut rabbets, stopped dadoes, T&G, dovetails, etc with a hand held router The Router At 135.00$ on sale, I couldn?t even get within 100$ of this price for an equivalent. It?s rated at 2.5hp, and realistically I would say it is a solid 2.25hp. Not too shabby. I know people like to say craftsman sucks because of their proprietary crap. but this works fine in my PC dovetail jig. The guide bushings were 11.00 for the set. Also the bushings are user serviceable. another big plus, and the cord is detachable. Kit It comes with a pretty good kit. A nice soft case I actually use. It also includes 1/4? collet, collet wrench,over table height adjustment wrench, dust extraction hoods for both bases (that work!), chip shields, and an edge guide that I have yet to try so I cannot comment on. Base(s) There is both a plunge and fixed base, both of great quality. The height adjustment on both is very easy. A button/slide for coarse adjustment, and a knob for fine (1/64?) adjustment. My only complaint is in the fixed base, you have to un-clamp the base to adjust the height. When you clamp, it moves slightly. This is second nature to me because my other craftsman was the same. I instinctively adjust a tad bit short to account for this, but I figured I would call it out in the review. The adjustment on the fixed base can be performed over the table if it is mounted in a table with the included wrench. The plunge base its smooth. Awesome height adjustment as well. There is a dial for coarse adjustment in 1?8? increments. This is so awesome when cutting deep grooves in many passes. Set the final height properly, then turn the dial stop on the bottom to take shallower cuts. Changing bases is done without tools in seconds. I know some of the other craftsman routers have negative reviews regarding height adjustment and I see why. They have gears on the bases that move them up and down. I can totally see that getting jammed with dust. This router does not have that at all. User experience Soft start is nice. No torque twist. It?s also not a screamer. I always thought LED work lights were a gimmick, but I must say they are appreciated. I also like the ?hot tool? indicator next to the removable power cord. The power is all there. I have yet to have an issue where I need more power in a handheld application. I haven?t used panel raising bits, but that is what the 7518 is for. The Electronic feedback is nice and actually does work. I?ve intentionally tried to bog the router by feeding a little too aggressively and it keeps up. Did I mention it had electronic feedback? Find that in a router costing 135$. It?s a little on the heavy side, but I prefer that. I would rather concentrate putting thrust against the fence I am using rather than trying to keep the router from climb cutting. Dislikes More like minor annoyances. I don?t like the location of the power switch. It?s at the top of the motor and in the middle. I like it to be near the handle. I guess with the soft start, we can call it even. Not an issue for me, but the included base plate will only fit a bit 1 1/4? in diameter. I see a lot of complaints about that, so again i wanted to call it out. My feeling is twofold: 1 ? If you are using a bit that big, put it in a table 2 ? If you can?t figure out how to drill out a piece of lexan, maybe a 2.5hp router with a bit bigger than 1.25? isn?t a good thing for you to be handling. I wish the bag had better provisions for collet wrench, extra collet, and edge guide storage. There is just one big pocket with no dividers . Speed adjustment. It?s a 1-9 system. I wish it had actual RPM like the PC does. I use the included chart in the manual.
Criticism6 found this helpful
midgetthrower
Nov 29 , 2011
Needs a better baseplate

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.

 
Sep 9 , 2014
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Overall
Very Nice Router

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 would recommend this product to a friend.

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JoeBl

Midland, MI

Aug 26 , 2014
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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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Aug 13 , 2014
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Amazing value for the Price

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.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Richard-ll

Newbury Park, CA

Aug 7 , 2014
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Lots of functionality and a good price.

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.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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eaglewolf

Brunswick, OH

May 23 , 2014
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Great router

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.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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May 14 , 2014
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Router for boyfriend

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.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Apr 2 , 2014
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Good router

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.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Mar 13 , 2014
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Good Router

My first three projects used the fixed base on templates fastened to vertical workpieces. So, how do turn the machine on and off without turning loose of one of the handles? Nose? Too big. Tongue? Not on electrical. I finally rigged up a foot on/off switch. Would have rated this router excellent if it had a handle power switch. CJH


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Hardboard

Fries, VA

Mar 12 , 2014
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Hard to beat making hardwood flooring.

Got this for christmas just now got warm enough to use it ran about 100 pieces of oak flooring through it average length about 30 inches no complaints love the through the table height adjustment.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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BenaminZ

Tarrytown, NY

Feb 23 , 2014
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Works great under the table

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.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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