Craftsman 17541 9.5-Amp 1-3/4-Horsepower Fixed Base Router With Soft Start and LED Worklights
Well after posting on kshipp’s review of this router (http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/223) I went out and bought one. At $10 off for mother’s day (ends tonight unfortunately) it was too good a deal to pass up.
The base was drilled with the same bolt circle as my old craftsman! so it fit right on my jig and I was able to finish my project du jour. Eventually I will need to rotate the holes a 12th of a turn so the handle lines up the way I want, but that’s another project.
The micro depth adjust is a welcome addition, my old 5/8 horse craftsman had a wing nut that loosened a clamp and then the motor was free to slide in the housing, what a pain to do fine adjustments! The new one is SLICK
The lights are another more than welcome addition. For some reason, there always seems to be a shadow under the router duh! I hope all the manufacturers pick up on this innovation, is LONG over due.
The only nit that I have with the unit is that the ring with the depth marks on the adjusting knob is so loose that it slips when lowering the motor. The way the forces work the knob presses down on the ring, and the ring drags on the top of the gearbox. I will have to contact sears to see if they have a fix. If not, I think a spacer to go around the shaft so the knob will have something to press on instead of the ring. on a closer look there is a grove for an e clip. bet soimeone decided to save a few cents by removing it
-- Fred, Springfield, Ma