Does anyone have a owners manual for a CRAFTSMAN ROUTER MODEL NO.
I have tried the Sears homepage but they want $5 for the manual and $7 for
shipping. There has got to be a better way. If some one is able to assist
me, please email me and let me know how much it will set me back. I would
even take an electronic copy. Any and all help would be appriciated.
I don't have a manual, however, based on my experience with "crapsman"
routers, the best solution would be Porter Cable or ANY of the others.
The Craftsman routers have 3 failures that I have personally seen: they
throw fan blades, they throw a winding/commutator segment or if it
those two, the collet wears and since all the ones I have seen are part
of the armature shaft and not replaceable, you have to replace the whole
router (and collets do wear - the bits will start "creeping out" - now
that is a spooky adventure (and it ruins the project too)). I will
the Craftsman router that I used to have really made me appreciate the
PC router that I bought to replace it !!
Conrad, I was given (freebie) a brand new Craftsman router and was quite
tickled to get it -- until I tried to route a groove with it. The bit
walked out of the collet and the groove kept getting deeper and deeper.
That was pretty unsettling. I've worked around high-speed equipment for
years -- the collet was properly tightened. I reset it and re-tightened
it, this time over-tightening by a wide margin but getting the same result.
It's a well-known 'feature' of their routers sometimes referred to as
"automatic depth adjustment" or "variable bit heighth". Carried to the
logical conclusion, the results could be painful.
I'm not familiar with that model ... but I retired my 1/4" Craftsman
router almost immediately -- before it could 'retire' me.
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