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Craftsman 12 amp Fixed/Plunge Base Router with Soft Start

Item# 00927683000P | Model# 27683 | Added on March 5, 2011 |
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Power Through Woodwork This router is perfect for professional and amateur woodworkers alike. Featuring the best of a fixed base router and a plunge router, you'll be able to switch between bases fast so you can take on more tasks from trim routing to carving dados. With Soft Start technology, the router starts slowly and works its way up to give you ample time to adjust.

  • Switch between fixed base and plunge base to take on a variety of woodcutting tasks
  • Powered by a 12 amp permanently sealed motor that kicks out 2 HP
  • 6 variable speeds from 10,000 to 25,000 RPM are perfect for working with veneer, softwoods, hardwoods and plastics
  • Soft start technology slowly increases speed to prevent router take-off
  • Electronic feedback control to ensure proper RPM for different bit sizes
  • Dual full-view window and front/rear chip deflectors deliver clear visibility
  • Ergonomic handles limit vibration to reduce fatigue on the job
  • This router comes with 1/2" and 1/4" collets, 2 router bases, edge guide, 2 vac adapters, wrench and case
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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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Criticism
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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Richard Skeirik
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Capable router model ruined by electronics that burn up

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Two of these in succession have burned out on me in three years. I got the first replaced on warranty but now I'm out a tool. It's the electronics that regulate speed and soft-start that burns up, and of course that part isn't available. I build furniture as a hobby, so I use this tool, but only on projects from time to time. It looks like all the current Craftsman routers have soft start and some variable speed, so I'd expect the same type of controllers - and burn out - on all of them.

December 22nd
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Love it

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Like the soft start. Easy to operate. The only thing I'm not crazy about is where the ON/OFF switch is located and that it's just a toggle switch I'd like it better if was panel switch.

December 9th via sears.com
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Plenty of Power!

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I bought this about a month ago and so far it is working flawlessly. Plenty of power and fits the cast router table perfectly. Definitely a good product...

December 9th
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