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.
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!
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.
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.
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...