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03-29-2009 10:34 AM

i am in the market for a new router (handheld, combo kit) and im wondering what anyone has heard or has experienced with the craftsman 3 base combe kit. any input on this would be greatly appreciated. thx, roadrunner

-- wm, brandon,ms

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#1 posted 03-29-2009 03:01 PM

Not sure about the price difference, but I’d go with another brand name: Porter-Cable, Bosch, Makita and why not, Festool.

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#2 posted 03-29-2009 04:01 PM

The Bosch 1617 EVSPK and the Hitachi KM12VC both get excellent reviews. I think the Hitachi is a little less money.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#3 posted 03-29-2009 04:26 PM

Check out the Dewalt DW618B3. I have a Porter Cable 690 kit that has seen a little action, but the Dewalt came out soon afterwards, I wish I’d waited and bought the Dewalt (hindsight is 20/20 of course).

No affiliation, just happy to spend other people’s money. LOL

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#4 posted 03-29-2009 07:24 PM


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#5 posted 03-29-2009 08:02 PM

I have the Hitachi KM12VC with fixed and plunge bases and am very happy. I leave the fixed base in my router table and the motor easily removes for me to use the plunge base when needed.

I purchased this model mainly because of what I got for my money. Both bases seem very stable and I have been happy with it.

One thing I hate is having to use two wrenches to change bits, where another router I have has a shaft lock and one wrench that seems a little more convenient.

-- Kirk H. --

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#6 posted 03-29-2009 08:11 PM

I’ve got the Bosch and like it a lot. I researched them and found a few that were good according to many. I came down to the Bosch and Porter Cable. It could have been either one.

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#7 posted 03-29-2009 08:22 PM

I have the dewalt kit above and love it

-- Hrolfr

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#8 posted 03-29-2009 08:49 PM

Porter-Cable 690 series is my choice.

First router I purchased was a Craftsman, didn’t like it sold it. Second was a Bosch 1613EVS, still have but it has sticky plunge action from day one. Next came a DeWalt DW621 because it had the integral dust collection, still have it and it gets occasional use when using bits that are larger then the collet opening on the 690 allows. Then I got my first 690, the kit with the fixed base and plunge base. Wasn’t in the market for a router when I bought it but my favorite Ace was blowing them out for $118 on an unadvertised sale when they got some overstock deal. You should have seen them going out the store that day.

Once I started using the 690 I quickly understood why a woodworking buddy of mine was always touting them. Then I got the D-Handle base for it . Then I picked up another 690 with a fixed base when somebody had a sale. Then once again I bumped into a sale for a 1-3/4HP 690 with a fixed base for around $100, picked it up. So now I keep the motor from one of the fixed base units in the D-Handle base.

I also have the 3-1/4HP Speedmatic Porter-Cable but that doesn’t get much use unless I’m hogging out something big with a big bit.

I like the fact Porter-Cable has a 3/8” collet available also, came in handy a few times.

My 690’s see the majority of the use, just a darned good design with no frills that gets the job done extremely well. When you have a good design don’t change it, I think Porter-Cable realized that because they still make them with only minor changes over the years. And, by the fact that DeWalt pretty much copied the design.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#9 posted 03-30-2009 03:25 AM

Sears has quite a few routers…The new 9.5, 11, and 12.5 amp Sears routers have generally been getting high marks from owners as good value. The plunge base I tried worked very smoothly…they seem to be better built than my older Ryobi made Sears router.

In a similar price range, the Hitachi M12VC is very good. If I were going to spend more money, I’d look to the Milwaukee kit…the BodyGrip is great, and the plunge base is tops IMO.

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#10 posted 03-30-2009 03:57 AM

I agree with Blankman. I have 6 Porter cable routers. 3 690’s 2 890’s and the speedmatic 3 1/4 Hp plunge. I cant seem to wear them out. Out side of brushes nothing seems to go wrong with them. And I use the in a production shop. The D handle is great, and Porter-Cable seems to be the standard router to use if you are going to buy a lift or router table top or any other add on things.

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#11 posted 03-30-2009 03:46 PM

The porter cable has had one of the best routers made over the years and I have 3 of them in my shop. But all 3 are mounted in tables. When milwaukee came out with there body grip router I bought one of them and I wouldn’t trade them for any other router. The body grip gives you much more control of the router. I now have 2 of these in my shop. Home Depot had the 2 base kits for $139.00.

-- Dustmaker, Kansas

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#12 posted 04-18-2009 11:55 PM

thx for all the input. i ended up buying the 3 base kit from sears. havent used it yet, but it seems to be well built and well packaged. it came with the 2.25 hp motor pack and is their professional line. hope it lives up to its name.

-- wm, brandon,ms

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#13 posted 04-19-2009 12:06 AM

I had a couple of Craftsman routers when I first started and they did not last very long.

I would back any of the recommendations for the DeWalt, Porter Cable, Bosch, and Makita. These are listed in no particular order.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Don K.

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#14 posted 04-19-2009 12:50 AM

Glad your happy with your pick.
Depending on what your using it for it should be fine. If your planning on using it ALL the time and using it hard, I gotta go with Todd…..When I first started out I went through several before I up graded to Porter Cable and Bosch.

I found the output shaft bearings kept going out on my craftsman routers.

-- Don S.E. OK

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#15 posted 04-19-2009 05:25 PM

Hope your sears router set works out for you. I would have recommened the Bosch 167EVSPK 2 1/4HP plunge/fixed base combo kit. I do not know how much you use a router but you might want to consider the Bosch PR20EVSNK palm router kit if you do laminate work. The Milwakee 5615-17 1 3/4hp router kit is nice for edge routing and dovetailing. Maybe it is foolish to some to have all these routers but I like the option of picking the best router for the job and leaving them set up for certain jobs I am doing.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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