#fail Craftsman 12.0 AMP/VS 2.25 HP Digital Plunge Base Router

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Forum topic by savan posted 05-06-2013 02:07 PM 1857 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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05-06-2013 02:07 PM

About a month ago I found a steal of a deal on the aforementioned router. It was on sale and I had a craftsman club coupon. I ended up getting it for about ~$80. Well I took it back because there was WAY to much lateral slop in the plunge base. Anyone else had similar experience with this brand or other?

It sat for about a month until last weekend. Yesterday I mounted it to a table and a new hardboard plate. I noticed that the hole created by my flush trim bit was oblong…strange. I thought it was strange when I was raising the unit using the through table adjustment and it would hop every 1/4 inch or so.

So, i went underneath and measured both sides at the handles to the table. There was that 1/4 inch! The dang thing was tipped to one side under the table. I took the router out of the table and put it right side up on the the table top. I grabbed the handles and tried to wobble the unit and sure enough there was an audible click in the guides. I immediately took it back. I only bought it a month ago AND I bought the protection.

Before I did a straight swap I checked out the display units and 4/5 of the display units had observable slop in the bases. As this router was going to be almost exclusively undermounted I said screw it and grabbed a fixed base unit. I figured that was one less unnecessary moving part to fail…

let’s face it, #1 Price

#2 I liked the soft start

#3 I liked the power:dollar ratio

#4 good exchange policy and service at my sears

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#1 posted 05-06-2013 02:58 PM

I stay away from any power tools with the Crapsman name on it. I’ve never had good luck with any C’man power tool going back as far as 50 years. I don’t expect anything to change, so it is best to stay awau from them. There are lots of good tools out there, but you may have to pay a little more. You get what you pay for. I’ve gotten to the point where I prefer Harbor Freight over C’man.

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