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3-1/2 HP Router

Craftsman - 3-1/2 HP Router

The unique plunge-lock lever on this router from Craftsman has a trigger-type release that is mounted in the handle

$250.00 (As of 1/1/2002)

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Editor's Review: Routers: Taking the Plunge

review date: January 1, 2002

Craftsman's entry in the professional class of big routers has some good features that unfortunately don't outweigh the router's shortcomings. The plunge-lock lever is unique; its trigger-type release is mounted in the handle, a setup that seems to work nicely. Changing bits is made easier, too, with a motor lock on top of the motor housing. The plunge action is smooth, the spring action is good, and the 2-3/4-in. plunge depth is better than other models. The rack-and-pinion depth bar has a five-position turret.

The biggest problem with this router is that it feels too big and clumsy. Also, the locking button for the handle-mounted trigger switch is too hard to engage, the proprietary template guide is too shallow, the guide base doesn't sit flush with the baseplate, the motor is noisy and vibrates excessively, and instead of a dust port, Craftsman includes a chip shield that collects sawdust and obscures the bit.

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Editor Test Results:

Overall Rating N/A
Adjustments Good
Runout N/A

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Craftsman
Manufacturer's Web Site www.craftsman.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-697-3277
Weight 12.8 lb.
Dimensions N/A
Horsepower 3-1/2
Speed Five speeds
Amps 15
Opening at Base N/A
Collet Size 1/2 in. with 1/4 in. adapter
Type Plunge
Special Features Soft start
Accessories N/A
Plunge Depth 2-3/4 in.

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