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Craftsman 12-amp, 2-hp Fixed/Plunge Base Router with Soft Start Technology

Item# 00927683000P | Model# 27683 | Added on March 5, 2011 | Seller:
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The 12-Amp Base Router with Soft Start Technology
The Craftsman 2 hp dual base router powers through the toughest tasks while delivering a maximum speed of 25000 RPM. Six variable speed adjustments adjust from veneer to soft to hardwoods and plastics, while the ergonomic handles help limit vibration, even after hours on the job.

This 12 amp base router with soft start technology allows you to switch between a plunge and fixed bases fast, so you can swap from trim routing to carving dados, without wasting time. Equipped to work with ¼ and ½ in. collets, built tough and powered by a 2 hp motor, this router is ready for anything. Toss it on your workbench, and get to work with Craftsman.

  • Craftsman 2 hp dual base router includes :1/2 and 1/4-in. collets, 2 router bases, edge guide, 2 vac adapters, wrench and case
  • Easy portability gets the job done anywhere
  • Soft start slowly increases speed to help eliminate router take-off
  • Permanently sealed motor with 6 variable speeds from 10,000 to 25,000 rpm and electronic feedback control to ensure proper rpm for different bit sizes
  • Dual full-view window and front/rear chip deflectors deliver clear visibility
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By woodshopteacher
November 22nd, 2012
Very nice router for the price. It can easily compete with all others.

I am a woodworking teacher and I bought this router to compare it to others. I like to use different brand name tools so that my students can compare them for future purchase. This is the first Craftsman power tool that I have purchased for my shop. I am very impressed with this router. It has all of the features of routers that cost up to twice what it does and more. I like the LED light, the locking lever on the plunge base, the interchangable bases with an indexing pin, and much more. The only thing that could be different is that there is no removeable center on the base plate to accomidate larger bits. I made an extra base for my router, with some plexiglass that I had, and cut a larger hole. I do wish that tool companies would sponsor highschool woodshops with free tools so that students could experience them and become future customers. Funds for schools are very tight, I get about 1/4th the budget that I had in 1986 when I first started teaching.

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By Ahlvin74
January 7th, 2012
Router OK, but sub-plate issue

I purchased this router along with a craftsman router table and a box of craftsman router bits for a project I was working on. Everything went fairly smooth until I went to put a bit in the router. The bits that I wanted to use (3/8" round over) will not fit in the router sub plate that comes with the router. I went online to order a different sub plate with a larger hole and the only one I could find is the 6 piece set and come to find out that it is ONLY sold in Canada and they will NOT ship to the USA. In fact if you buy this router (or any router for that fact) from Sears and buy the bits you will not be able to use the larger bits because they are too big for the plate. They do not sell another plate in the U.S. I am not totally sure what they expect us to do. I did manage to get the 6 piece plate set but it was only because I know someone in Canada and I had it shipped to them and then they in turn shipped it to me. Unless you have a drill press and want to make your own plates I would suggest buying a DeWalt or Bosch or one of the name brands that actually sell plates in the U.S.


I always liked Craftsman tools and am in the market for a new table saw, but I think I may shop elsewhere for my tools from now on, customer service on the phone was useless as well, overall I was completely dissatisfied with this experience!

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We'v always trusted Craftsman products.

December 15th
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Very happy


Seems to be well built.  I like the ease of change between the bases.  Have only used once for a few minutes, but with the deal I got on it, I am thrilled with it

December 1st via mobile
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Much needed aquisitition !


I have several projects to do and this Router is a Big Improvement over my old plastic Black and Decker I have had for years. Easy depth adjustment with more powerful motor and lighted with dust collection attachments, Plunge Base and fence guide. Did I mention it is rugged and not plastic. A professional quality tool !

November 26th via
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Excellent value


Plunge routing very easy with coarse and fine depth adjustments and smooth action. Plenty of power and high quality parts.

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Great value


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