Purchased a craftsman 272350 table saw last Jan. The saw was upgraded
with a cast router table extension and router fence and movable casters
on the base, so i thought it was a good deal. Problem is i cant find a
current router to fit the mounting holes in the cast table. Has anyone
put a none craftsman router on this saw? Has anyone redrilled the cast
table so another brand can be mounted on it? Your help is appreciated.
I have. I mounted a 3hp Makita plunge router to one of the cast iron wings
of my Rockwell Beaver table saw. Quite the chore actually. There weren't any
predrilled holes and I had to grind down the supporting cast iron ribs on
the underside of the wing so I'd have a flat surface to mount the router to.
I used a flexible grinding/cutting disk in a drill to grind most of it.
After that, I cut a 3 inch hole for router bit usage and then drilled
mounting holes to attach the router. Worked fine for making rail and stile
doors for my mother's kitchen cabinets.
Hardest part of the whole process was properly adjusting the upside down
router for proper bit height. *AFTER* I'd finished making the doors, I found
out about removing the springs from the router making height adjustment much
easier. Live and learn.
You can drill most cast iron easy enough. But you might not need or want
to. You can make an adapter ring to mount most any router you need. Make a
ring the same size as the router base plate. Or just buy a second base
plate, they are sometimes cheap. Drill and countersink holes to fit your
new router, and drill and tap holes to fit your TS wing. Such a thing would
be best of aluminum, but micarta or phenolic would work. The only down side
is that you will lose height adjustment equal to the thickness of the
adapter ring. Probably 1/4" thick, 3/8 at the most.
I assume that they still make it but several years ago I had the same type
problem. Sears makes a Universal Adapter plate that will allow almost any
router to attach to their equipment. It's basically a round plastic piece
with many holes and slots pedrilled.
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