Warning/Rant: beware of (some?) Craftsman routers.

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Forum topic by Chuck E posted 04-19-2009 07:33 PM 3120 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Chuck E

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04-19-2009 07:33 PM

I just thought I would share my experience with a Craftsman 1 3/4 hp router I bought around 12 years ago…

First off, I’m not sure if this would be an adequate description of the current model offerings since it was bought a while ago, but then again, I haven’t seen quality get BETTER in many products over the years.

I bought this router 12 years ago, and had only used it once. (I had planned on getting back into woodworking then, but time and space requirements limited my abilities to do so.) Now that I have more of both, I started on a new project. I went out and bought a few router accessories (biscuit jointer jig, set of router bits, & router table) and thought I was ready to go. Well, everything was going great until I had to change a bit. I locked the shaft, and attempted to loosen the collet. The shaft kept turning. I checked to make sure that it was set to lock. (It was). I decided to take it apart to see if I could do an adjustment to get it to work. After inspecting the locking mechanism, I discovered that all the parts were plastic, or very thin metal. Definitely not a quality tool. I then called Sears to locate a repair center. After having to give them all my personal information(multiple times) to get any help, I was transferred to another department where I could not even understand what she was saying. Come to find out that the repair center is open Monday-Friday during normal business hours. So, I’m stuck and kinda discouraged. I guess that’s what I get for not being a more educated consumer…

-- Chuck, Wisconsin

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#1 posted 04-19-2009 07:53 PM

i own about 6 craftman routers.. all pushing 15+ years old.. they don’t get much use anymore because i’ve upgraded to better brands.. but, they all have lots of hours on them without a problem.. service is never going to get any better.

look at a new dewalt or ryobi (spelling?).. sears is quickly getting out of the quality tool race.

-- It's not a sickness, i can stop buying tools anytime.

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Chuck E

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#2 posted 04-20-2009 02:20 AM

Update: I found the broken piece, it was the slide assembly . The part itself is 2.19, with shipping the total is around 10 bucks.

I was at out looking around today and it’s getting harder and harder to pass by the porter cable….

-- Chuck, Wisconsin

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#3 posted 04-20-2009 12:21 PM

You are lucky, Chuck. I have a Craftsman router where the locking mechanism broke in half (thin metal). I called the Craftsman parts center only to be told ALL parts have been discontinued for that model. So I have a router now that the only way to use it is to use two wrenches and a lot of jockeying (sp) to change bits. And John, you are so right about Sears getting out of the quality tool race.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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#4 posted 04-21-2009 03:01 AM

I would like to join the BASH CRAFTSMAN RANT! I now own six porter cable routers and they are so simple and great to use,low noise,smooth running etc. But a long long time ago my father bought nothing unless it came from sears!So the first router he bought me was a craftsman. I used in a router table to run a small radious on 7 or 8 six foot sticks. This took 45 to an hour to run. as I was doing this I saw something driping on the foor. I think they used hot glue to hold things together inside so when it heated up it melted and driped on the floor! I guess there not ment to use more than ten or fifteen minutes. NOW THATS QUALITY!

-- Old turners don't die, they just turn to dust!

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#5 posted 04-21-2009 07:00 AM

Beginning to sound like Sears won’t be where America shops much longer?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 04-22-2009 02:06 AM

I own three that I paid $20 for (all three): the older the better. The only problem I have had was self induced. I broke the screw that holds in the shaft locking lever. Some day I’ll buy a Porter-Cable, but until I do, the Craftsman works for me.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#7 posted 04-24-2009 04:54 AM

CM routers of that time period had the self adjusting collet.Halfway through the cut the bit would start slipping and by the end of the cut the depth would be 1/2 inch off.

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#8 posted 04-29-2009 06:05 AM

I’ve got my dad’s ‘78 3/4hp craftmans router, it works just fine for me?

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, you've got an electrical problem!

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

I’ve got a 2 yr old craftsman profesional router and it is one of my 3 favorite tools (after my ridgid table saw and my craftsman planer). It doesn’t have a locking mechanicsm and uses 2 wrenches instead. Again, I couldn’t be happier and iti s a relatively new tool. maybe you have a low end model? What model number was it.

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Don Newton

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#10 posted 04-29-2009 06:49 PM

My Craftsman router couldn’t hold a bit. I now have a Porter Cable and never looked back.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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