|Review by jake||posted 07-21-2009 01:49 AM||6267 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
As we all know, Craftsman is a private label and Sears makes none of the line. This unit is actually a DeWalt at heart, with minor changes like the handle. While I believe I like the more traditional handle of other brands the knob works fine and is easy to get used to . While I think a handle on the front of the machine would add stability, most are configured like the Craftsman/DeWalt being on the body of the motor and gearcase.
Pro’s: It’s very well built, heavy duty is an under statement. The cuts are dead on, and the machine is easy to control. My older biscuit joiner had very stiff springs that made it hard to control smoothly, but the springs on this are firm but not overly so. The front fence is easily adjusted, marked clearly for registration, large for stability and stoutly built. Fine adjustment is good, it is easy to make minor adjustments. The paddle switch on the back of the motor is handly, as you press the body of the motor to move the unit forward your hand turns on the unit. Blade changing is easy. The moulded plastic case is sturdy and holds the unit in place well while it is being moved. Dust ejection is strong and the cloth bag acceptable.
Con’s: Rather pricey but can be had for a better price when Sears runs its Craftsman Club sales. If you don’t have a Craftsman Club card you should get one, it’s like the type you use at grocery stores to save on purchases that are on sale but they send regular sale flyers if you have one and the sale is more extensive than what you see in the newspaper advertisments.
I purchased the new line of Craftsman routers that are getting great reviews and are very good values. I am glad to see Sears bring back the quality the Craftsman name and that they have learned from their mistakes. Quality and value are always winners. I am on a budget and don’t have the financial means to purchase high end tools all of the time, so a good quality midline is sorely needed! Watch the sales and this is a winner.