Oh, Crapsman 1.5HP router with 1/4" collet, how do I hate thee?
Let me count the ways.
I thought it was just me. I thought it was a myth. But alas, tis true.
The Crapsman 1.5HP router with 1/4" collet is truly a piece of sh*t. At
least the two I've seen/used in the last week.
I JUST went into my garage to pump some iron and thought I'd double check to
be sure (since I am a newbie at routing) that I was cutting against the bit
blade - not with. I fired up the router for .5 seconds and saw the rotation
and it was correct. I knew my problem (at least one problem) was that I was
trying to cut too much at a time.
Then.... I said "why don't I try to zero the bit depth (calibrate) which I
had never tried and so I lowered the bit to try and even it w/table top but
before it went parallel with the table top the whole router dropped out of
the holder! I saw why. In the time it had taken to install the bit and
rout about 8 feet of wood, the bit had slipped about 1/2" out of the collet!
I unscrewed the collet nut and pulled the bit out. I took the nut
completely off and the collet sides were squeezed together to where they
actually touched and the top of the collet was irregular looking as if
someone had tightened a collet nut around it (hehehehhehehe).
I am no physics guru but if the collet is already touching itself and I can
pull the bit out (although it was a tad tight) then it won't ever be tight
enough to hold the bit securely - even during ONE PASS OF ROUTING.
The bit slipping caused my cut to deepen and fluctuate even on a piece of
wood less than 2 ft.
I am convinced. I doubted but now I've seen the light. No, I am not a
Crapsman Hater Fundamentalist but I sure hate the 1.5HP router with 1/4"
collet now that I've spent 2 days with two of them. God.... to think that I
spent 2 days just trying to get the first one working only to discover the
collet was defective!
Question: Is it ethical to sell a Crapsman 1.5HP router with 1/4" collet to
another human being? How could I, in good conscience, sell it knowing the
bit is slipping as much as it is?
Or, is this all my imagination and I just didn't tighten the collet nut
Anyway, w/o the table and guard I can see that as being very dangerous.
I guess I can take it back to S... S... Sears (aghhhhhhh!) and demand a
refund due to the bit slippage and claim it doesn't work as advertised and
then take that $ and invest in one of those PCs.
Sigh..... I tried.