|Review by runngt||posted 04-28-2008 03:37 PM||19017 views||1 time favorited||16 comments|
I had been searching for a new lighter router for easy handling and finer work. The Craftsman Professional palm router was my second pick over the Bosch, but after having the Bosch for an hour I packed it back up and returned it (I will save that for another review) and picked up the Craftsman.
First thought out of the box was it felt good in my hand, comfort was great. The tool was solid but not too heavy. This was my first “soft start” router and although I have read some guys don’t like it, I think it’s a great feature on such a small router. The bult in LED light comes in pretty handy along with the speed control thumb wheel. The height adjustment has been easy to use although most of the time I eyeball my depths and test cut on scrap wood first.
I find myself grabbing this tool before my bigger router as it has cut everything I have put it on with out trouble. The addition of the two handed base it a great feature as well, just swap them out by removing the three screws. The cord it PLEANTY long to get you to your work area and also has a velcro strap to keep it rolled up in the supplied storage case.
The selling point for me on this router was the clear base. Being a newbe wood worker I always felt blind or searching for that perfect angle to see what the bit was doing in my work. The clear base lets me keep a close eye and I know I am tracking where I want to cut with out question. For a hundred dollars this is a great tool for any shop!
The below is “cut and paste” from the Sears web site so I do not have to re-type specs:
The Craftsman Professional Fixed Base Palm Router has 1.25 HP and a 6.5 Amp permanently lubricated ball bearing motor with variable speed from 18,000 to 28,000 RPM (no load speed). Made with a die-cast aluminum motor housing and sleeve; this heavy-duty professional router cuts smoothly and easily through soft woods, hard woods, veneers and plastics alike. A spindle lock is located in the front of the router making it easy to remove bits and collets with a single wrench. The 1/4-in collet size permits the use of 1/4-in bit shanks. Secure the bit at a desired height by using the positive cam locking mechanism. Soft start technology helps prevent router take-offs as the motor steadily revs to the desired speed allowing the operator to securely grip both handles and accurately position the tool before engaging the bit. The router’s ergonomically designed palm/ barrel handles reduce vibration and user fatigue while providing a comfortable grip in a range of positions. Additionally, the ergonomic joy stick handled base offers a superior grip at virtually any position. The large oval base makes it convenient to transform from a palm router to a small, full-sized router. The steel rack and pinion system allows for easy height adjustments in 1/16-in. increments by simply turning the height adjustment knob. The clear sub-bases, combined with the built in dual LED lights, enhance user 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. The sub-base is designed for effective debris extraction and will also accept threaded router bushings.
High Performance 6.5 Amp variable speed motor with soft start runs at 18,000 to 28,000 RPM (no load speed)
Permanently lubricated 100% ball bearings
Die-cast Aluminum motor housing and motor sleeve are lightweight yet provide strength
Spring loaded spindle lock is located in the front of the router for easy removal of the router bit or router collet with the use of one wrench.
Steel rack and pinion system allows 1/16-in depth adjustments.
Positive cam locking buckle system secures the router bit at the desired height and prevents the router from self adjusting during use.
Clear-view sub base accepts threaded router bushings, enhances visibility of the work piece and assists with dust extraction.
Dual LED work lights illuminate the work surface and the bit with an ambient light to enhance visibility.
Includes 1/4-in. collet allowing the use of 1/4-in bit shanks
Ergonomically designed palm/barrel and joy stick handles with soft-grip provide a secure grip and absolute control over the router during use
Large oval base makes it convenient to switch from palm router to a small full-sized router
Clear, interchangeable sub-base
oCold weather flexible 8ft SJ Cord
Includes: Craftsman Professional Carrying case, how-to-guide, steel edge guide and operators manual.
-- It seem's I just make scrap wood and saw dust most of the time !