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chetrog

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06-25-2014 05:12 AM

I see there is a Sears router that comes with a table. It is only $100 for both the table and the router. I have never even held a router.I might start to build some more stuff and I might try routing stuff. Just little stuff like picture frames etc. Would this cheap setup be ok for a newbie. I might not even like routing so I don’t want to spend tons of money on something i might not like. Do you guys think this set up will be ok just to see what its like. I can always buy a nicer one if i like it. Thanks for your time. http://www.sears.com/router-and-router-table-combo/p-00937595000P?prdNo=1&blockNo=1&blockType=G1

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#1 posted 06-25-2014 08:41 AM

What’s your project? The table & router shown is pretty small, so there’s going to limitations to what you can do.
I’ve had a couple of those, just sold one on Craigs a few months ago.

Of course you can make a router table with a 2’ x 3’ piece of plywood and some kind of base (e.g. old kitchen cab base). I just re-purposed an old craftsman radial arm saw base; which I’m really enjoying.

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#2 posted 06-25-2014 09:22 AM

That newer line of Craftsman routers actually gets pretty decent reviews from most owners. They’re fine for a hobbyist, but it’d be better if you could step up to the unit that has variable speed…almost a must-have for router table use. It’s currently $77, and the router table is sold separately for $62. Can’t hurt to ask a manager if you can upgrade the router that comes with the router table for a bit more….they might offer a better discount that way. I liked Doug’s idea of building your own too.

http://www.sears.com/craftsman-12-amp-2-hp-fixed-base-router/p-00902768000P?prdNo=3&blockNo=3&blockType=G3

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#3 posted 06-25-2014 10:22 AM



What s your project?

- DangerDoug


Don’t even have a project yet. I wanted to play with it for a while once i can understand what i can do with it.

-- I had a stroke a few years back, and sometimes the words dont come out as well as I would like.

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chetrog

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#4 posted 06-25-2014 10:24 AM


http://www.sears.com/craftsman-12-amp-2-hp-fixed-base-router/p-00902768000P?prdNo=3&blockNo=3&blockType=G3

- knotscott


Will check that out. Thanks.

-- I had a stroke a few years back, and sometimes the words dont come out as well as I would like.

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#5 posted 06-25-2014 12:04 PM

The upside to routers is once you’ve got one, and learn to use it you’ll eventually want another, even us hobbyists have two or three in the shop because of the convenience of being able to swap the machine rather than switch bits in one and go through the set up to get everything perfect. My vote is if it fit’s your budget right now pull the trigger, and go play, it won’t eventually become a useless tool, you’re buying twice.

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#6 posted 06-25-2014 12:05 PM

You get what you pay for.

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#7 posted 06-25-2014 01:02 PM

In my opinion you’d be better off buying a more expensive router and then building your own router table. There must be thousands of plans for router tables out there and a router table makes a very good first project. Here’s but a few examples, for router and for router table plans.

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#8 posted 06-25-2014 02:23 PM

This table is too small and neither am I fond of craftsman power tools. I would get a medium size router and just build your own table. There are plenty of simple router table designs out there and they are not that difficult to build. You’ll be able to do so much more with a bigger router and a larger table. That’s just my two cents worth.

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#9 posted 06-25-2014 03:43 PM

That’s actually a pretty decent setup for $100.
My first router was a cheap $60 1/4” shank only ryobi. I made a lot of money with that router.

With the craftsman setup, it may not be your last router table, but it will help you figure out which features on a router table are a necessity and which are not needed for when you build your own router table. I wouldn’t worry about it being too small; it should be ok for most router table work aside from long or really big pieces.

And loos at it this way; if you do decide to build a new router table with the features you need/want, you already have a router, switch, featherboards, and maybe even a fence.

Regarding variable speed; it’s nice to have and it really is a necessity if you use really big bits, but with most cuts done in stages, the 1 3/4HP should be fine. I’ve had a porter cable 690 in my router table for the past 3+ years and it’s worked just fine.

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#10 posted 06-25-2014 06:34 PM

Go with a better router and build your own router table. There are some nice ones on the Projects section of this forum. Personally, I have had only one Craftsman tool that was any good and that is my drill but it has no torque to drive screws. Plus Craftsman changes a couple of things from the OEM product so all parts won’t interchange. When Sears runs out of those parts, you are up the proverbial estuary without any means of propulsion.

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#11 posted 06-25-2014 08:04 PM

What he said ^

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#12 posted 06-25-2014 08:12 PM

The entry level PC, DW, Hitachi, etc., in the $120-$150 range are nice routers. But by now your $100 budget has effectively doubled, which is fine with me if it’s fine with you. It’s never a bad thing to get a better tool, and they definitely exist, but for a casual user with your original budget, those newer Craftman routers made by Chervon Power are pretty good. They have nothing in common with previous Craftsman routers made by Ryobi, nothing in common with a crappy Cman cordless drill, and nothing to do with a sloppy Cman table saw that your neighbor bought for $99, etc. Buy the tool, not the brand. Regardless of the nameplate, the current Sears router lineup is very well regarded, and are among the best bangs for the buck you can get in a sub $100 router. They’re not perfect, so keep your receipt in the event of a problem. Anyone here have any current bad experiences with the Chervon routers to share? I’m all ears….

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#13 posted 06-25-2014 08:16 PM

I am not one to be so quick to dismiss Craftsman power tools as junk. They are not super high quality but they can last a long time with casual use as well. I still have my first Craftsman router that’s over 15 years old and it runs just fine. I don’t use it much since It’s a big bulky plunge router and I have others that have mostly taken it’s place but functionality wise it runs just fine.

However as DangerDoug said you want variable speed on a router even a smaller one so I would go with the slightly more expensive one he mentioned. As for the table I agree building your own is better but if space is limited and you don’t have the tools or confidence to do that right now that doesn’t look like a bad table for small projects using smaller bits. I wouldn’t raise panels on that setup but with a variable speed router instead of the fixed speed one its a good price for small work.

Buy your last tool first sounds like great advise with unlimited budget but for the rest of us sometimes we just need to dip our toes into these things first and than work up to the better brands over time as we learn what we really do and don’t need.

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#14 posted 06-25-2014 09:28 PM

A while back I bought a cheap router (Skil), which really wasn’t poorly made. But it didn’t have variable speed, the adjustments weren’t what I wanted and it was a fixed base. Ended up buying the popular Bosch combo, so glad I did.

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#15 posted 06-25-2014 09:52 PM

Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I might have to buy a $100/150 router and find some planes and build my own table. I forgot to mention that I need the table to be pretty small. My shed is only 10×12 “They are building the shed rite now” and I really need something small. I really haven’t used any woodworking in my life other then subwoofer boxes, and 2×4 benches etc.. Thanks for any more suggestions.

-- I had a stroke a few years back, and sometimes the words dont come out as well as I would like.

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