I had one of those routers when I first got into woodworking. Seems to
me it had one of those collets that had the "automatic bit disengage
systems" even when the collet was tight. I hope it's not worth much
as a collectors item cause I'm sure it got flung in the dumpster.
This is interesting as I am still using the Craftsman 10" table saw and
Craftsman Router that my father-in-law bought in 1969. In fact I put
both through their paces today making stretchers and frames for my wife.
( She paints on canvas with acrylic paints.) Table saw to cut the
miters and doing some of the milling, and the router in a table to make
the frames look nice with various bits.
1969 is when I bought my first table saw, a Craftsman 10". IIRC, it was
$99.00 (without a stand)
I had been using a circular saw that I mounted under a 4'x4' piece of
plywood. I used a piece of 3/4 ply as a fence.
Ya do what ya gotta do.
On Sat, 17 Apr 2010 18:10:29 -0400, the infamous Keith Nuttle
I'm still using my dad's old Craftsman circular saw, too. Some day, if
and when it dies, I'll buy a small, lightweight equivalent with better
sawdust control. That old thing blows sawdust up my sleeves, into my
eyes, down the back of my neck, into my shoes, into my ears, and up
my, um, skirt every time I use it.
A book burrows into your life in a very profound way
because the experience of reading is not passive.
Aww shoot Keith, don't get me wrong I've got plenty-o-craftsman tools
and some dandies too. I especially like my wrenches. I also have a 2
1/2" 16 gauge nailer I can't kill. Although pretty, that particular
model router in the picture spit out it's bits. I had another one a
feller gave me did the same thing too. They might of been overused by
the time I got my grubby paws on 'em though.
Friend of mine only buys the 3 1/4 horse craftsman routers for his
line of work.
My brand new Porter-Cable also spit out its bits until I cleaned the
collet. Go down to a gunshop and get a pistol rod and .25 and .50
caliber brushes and jags (make sure they fit the rod), and some patches,
and give them a good scrub with lacquer thinner. If that doesn't help
then get new collets--they're not horribly expensive.
Too late for that, she hit the dumpster a coupla' years ago. Good tip
though. I also use a little slice of scotchbrite with mineral spirits
every once in awhile to clean things up. Especially the PC 7518 in the
router table. Its gets used a lot.
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