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Craftsman Professional  Professional Use 28190 12.5 amp 2-1/4 hp Corded Fixed Base Soft Start Router with LED Worklights

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Specifications & Dimensions

Product Overview:
RPM: 12000-25000
Handles:
Handle Type: Side, Ergonomic
Cord:
Cord Length (ft.): 10 ft.
Motor-Engine:
Amps: 12.5
Speed Capability: Variable
Convenience:
Dust Collection: Yes
General Features:
Collet Capacity: 1/4 and 1/2 in.
Collet Chuck Size: 1/4 and 1/2 in.
Cutting Tool:
Depth Adjustment Control: Knob
Micro Depth Adj.: Yes
Spindle Lock: Yes
Type:
Type: Fixed base
Case:
Case Included: Yes
Materials:
Housing Material: Magnesium
Package Includes:
Package Contents: Worklight, Wrench, Cutting Guide

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The Craftsman Professional Fixed Base Router has 2-1/4 hp and a 12.5 amp permanently lubricated ball bearing motor with variable speed from 12,000 to 25,000 RPM (no load speed). It's a heavy-duty professional router that cuts smoothly and easily through soft woods, hard woods, veneers and plastics alike. The router includes both 1/4 and 1/2 in. collets. A spindle lock is located in the front of the router for easy removal of bits and collets with a single wrench. The bit is secured at the desired height by a positive, cam-locking mechanism. The electric feedback control feature ensures the proper RPM for the bit size and material throughout the cutting operation. Soft start technology helps prevent router take-offs as the motor steadily revs to the desired speed. The router's ergonomically designed tear-drop handles dampen vibration and provide a comfortable grip in a range of positions. Micro height bit adjustment can be made in 1/64 in. increments by simply turning the height adjustment knob. The clear sub-bases, which accept threaded router bushings, together with the built in LED light illumination enhance visibility of the work piece and the bit. Dual view windows provide a clear sightline to the bit and work piece from either the front or back of the router. A chip deflector helps keep the chips contained and away from the operator. A 1-1/4 in. vacuum attachment adapter is featured for efficient dust and debris collection. Includes: Motor unit, fixed base, 1/4 and 1/2 in. collet, wrench, edge guide, twist and lock vac adapter, hex key, screws, carrying case, how-to guide and operators manual.

  • High performance 12.5 amp variable speed motor (12,000 - 25,000 rpm)
  • Electronic feedback contol maintains constant speed under load
  • Permanently lubricated 100% ball bearings
  • Toggle on/off switch and 6-stage variable speed dial
  • Steel motor housing & Magnesium fixed base
  • 1/64 in. micro depth adjustments with rapid bypass button
  • Fixed base features dual full view windows and 3 LED lights
  • Live tool indicator when connected to power
  • Ergonomic handles with soft-grip
  • Twist and Lock vac adapter
  • Includes 1/4 & 1/2 in. collets, detachable 10 ft. cord and storage case

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Added on July 26, 2010

 

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26 Reviews Write a review
19 Reviewers (73.0%) would recommend this to a friend.
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blvd
Nov 15 , 2008
NICE router
Like the other reviewers said this is one fine router. Smooth responsive and will bolt directly to a Skil router table. The variable speed function stays with the program. I have used large 1/2" molding bits without any problem.
Criticism2 found this helpful
Unhappy50
Nov 26 , 2008
A dead unit
Unlike the excellent reviews the other people have given, this router died withing one minute of use. When I first bought it I anticipated needing it within a few days but was delayed in using it by four months. Yesterday, within a minute of use, it died. The power indicator lamp is illuminated but nothing happens when the switch is turned on. It appears that one of the output drivers (SCR, triac, etc) has opened up - I'm guessing, but this is what appears to be bad.
 

jzrouterman

Gainesville, GA

Nov 3 , 2013
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Overall
Nice router

This router works very well both when hand routing and in a router table. I has a lot of power and is almost virtually vibration free. Extremely easy to handle. However, When using it in a router table, though it works very well, especially with a three inch raised panel bit, after removing the motor from the base for a bit change, it is rather difficult to line both portions back together again.. Other than this, it's fantastic.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Woodenfish

Homer Glen, IL

Dec 29 , 2011
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Move over PC 690

This is a great router. I bought three of them.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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dogdog

Brooklyn, NY

Aug 30 , 2011
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very nicely build router

This is a very nicely build router, routed 2 circles out of wood and cutting into the wood was very easy to handle unlike another one I have. Handling and control was very comfortable. It's just another one of those machine that you can get percision out of your work easier than others.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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poggies14

Burbank, CA

Jul 27 , 2011
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craftsman pro router. I liked it so much i bought 2.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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elcam84

Fort Worth, TX

Jun 29 , 2011
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Good features and great router for the Money

Overall it's a very good router. Power is as expected, not quite as strong as my milwaukee but it isn't supposed to be.

The LED lights are very nice and the clear sub base is another benefit for visibility.

Soft start is like other Craftsman routers as in it starts off very slowly and takes longer to get up to speed than other brands.

The speed control isn't quite as responsive on this one VS my other Craftsman routers. But works fine.

The removable cord is a big plus and it's a nice long cord and better cord than the other routers.

My only complaint on this router as with the others is the one wrench bit changing. You need 3 hands to do it. One to hold the router on the bench another to push the button in and another to turn the wrench. I much prefer two wrench bit changing because I can tighten or loosen the collet with one hand. Just squeeze the wrenches together.

The biggest quality issue I have is with the collet. It's great to see a real collet on a craftsman router but this one is just barely adequate. It needs a better quality collet all around.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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msward1

Littleton, CO

Apr 22 , 2011
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28190 12.5 amp 2-1/4 router

The router itself is nice and smooth but the throat plate is not designed well at all. I had to use a forstner bit to make the opening big enough to accept a 3/4 inch rounding bit, a very commonly used bit. That is very poor design! In dealing with this matter, I obviousely had to remove the throat plate from the router and one of the three set screws used to hold it on was on so tight that I had to literally drill it out. I have only used it for one application so far so I think a review a year from now would be much more telling.


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xmania124

Clarkston, MI

Mar 30 , 2011
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Best of the Best...on par with Bosch, Festool, etc.

This was my first big-boy tool purchase...getting into woodworking and needed something above beginner grade.

This fit the bill...I researched fully and found the bundle on sale for $209.99...D-Handle, straight and plunge bases with the soft start 2 1/4 HP motor.

It's SWEET!!!!

I would buy again if given the choice

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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mom3wife1

greenwell springs, LA

Dec 18 , 2010
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the craftsman professional router works great,very satisfied.

This router has great power,really like the lights on it bright enough to use when it's dark.Worth the price,like the quick adjustment,easy to operate and hook up to router table. Typical craftsman product!! (these are the words of my husband i ordered this for him).

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Lman53

Hemet, CA

Dec 14 , 2010
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Great Router

I bought this router to use in my shop at home it works great quite easy to use. I like the work lite that is built in, it helps out gives that little extra you need at times to see what your carving. I would say it is well balanced fits my hands well the grips are nice rubber material to reduce hand fatigue the adjustment setting are very nice and accurate I recomend this Router it well do the job for beginers or seasoned wood workers.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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kentartar

Ringgold, GA

Oct 19 , 2010
Overall
Very clean cuts, works very well.

Pleased with this router, provides clean cuts and performs better than I expected. Have worked with several routers in the past and found this one to be top notch.


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