I bought this craftsman router about a month ago and have
been very happy with it:
I looked at a lot of combo routers in the $200-$250 range and
choosing the craftsman based on the extras it included (D
LED lighting, rip fence). As an extra bonus it went on sale
for $150 a
couple weeks after I bought it so Sears refunded about $50.
ARHA? Is that supposed to mean something to someone?
If you dont like crafstman products, dont buy/use them. I've
had bad luck with some of their products in the past (mainly
gas-powered) but both of my craftsman routers have worked
great. Also note that Wood magazine just did a review of
multi-base rounters and, while the crafstman wasn't their
top choice, it did well in their testing.
Perhaps late model Craftsman routers don't exhibit ARHA (Automatic
Random Height Adjustment). I have 4 routers, one of which is an older
Craftsman model 315.174921 and was my second router. It is the only one
with ARHA and has caused grief several times while plowing out dados as
the bit automatically slowly dropped while routing in spite of keeping
the shank a good 1/8" from bottoming out and tightening the crap on the
collet. I use an older Rockwell for that operation now and have never
had the ARHA problem with that router or the other two.
Which is only to say that some other manufacturer does not have that
problem, since Craftsman does not make its own power tools.
In the case of a 315 product number, that is made by Ryobi, or prior to
Ryobi, the Diehl Mfg Company.
A list of these codes can be found at:
On Wed, 06 Oct 2010 08:46:33 -0600, Lance Spaulding
Automatic Random Height Adjusters
Do google searches on the AHRA and Craftsman (crapsman) on this group
for the past decade and a half. You'll get a real eyeful, Lance.
I stopped using anything Searz in the early '80s after donating a
gallon of blood and pound of skin (literally) to the Crapsman Gods.
Oh, sure, sure. Thompsons WaterSeal is still selling well, too, but
you wouldn't get me to purchase any of it, either.
You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
I did what you're planning several years ago. Here are "required"
features of the router:
1. Must be able to change bits above the table, preferably without
buying additional base.
2. Must have enough power (3HP+) to power panel-raising bits.
3. Support both 1/2" and 1/4" bits
4. Built-in dust collection
5. Variable speed
6. Slow start
7. Plunge-capable for in-table use
I originally used a Dewalt 625 as my table router, but upgraded to the
(Amazon.com product link shortened)86377594&sr=8-1
several years later. Biggest reasons were for the above-table bit
changing and integral dust collection. I've been *very* pleased with the
machine. I've never used it outside the table and virtually never lift
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