Looking for the best basic router

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Old 03-10-05, 01:50 PM
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Looking for the best basic router

I am looking to buy a good router, but basic model. Most of my tools are Craftsman tools, and I am happy with them. I don't need an elaborate router, or large one, but one that can handle basic woodworking projects, nothing fancy. Anyone got any suggestions? Also, what bits should I buy for the router? Thanks for looking.
 
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Old 03-10-05, 02:06 PM
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Lots of people badmouth Craftsman tools and I have had a couple that went bad. I had no problem getting them replaced or fixed. If you are doing home projects, Craftsman will work for you. Get one that has collets for 3/8 and 1/2" bits though. You'll find that some bits for fancier cuts are 1/2" shafts. If you want better cuts, get better bits. Also get the horsepower to do cuts with the bigger bits. I have had 2 Craftsman routers for over 10 years and have had no problems. One is in my router table and the other is for freehanding. Good luck.
 
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Old 03-10-05, 02:29 PM
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KLINK,

I agree that there is nothing wrong with most Craftsman tools.
I now use my Dad's Craftsman he bought in the early seventies.

If you look down a few posts you will find some information on bits in a post entitled "Which router bits to get??".
 
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Old 03-10-05, 03:32 PM
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A 1/2 collet should be top of the list, as it has a much better clamping power to prevent slipping and better bit selection.

2nd is ease of adjustment, and 3rd is the power to do what you need it to do.

I like my Porter Cable 690 set that has both regular and plunge bases. The newer set now has better knobs etc. A very good quality tool that you will use for many years to come.
 
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Old 03-11-05, 04:28 AM
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I have narrowed it down the this:

Craftsman Professional 2 hp 9.5 amp Router with Carrying Bag
Sears item #00926834000 Mfr. model #26834

I have also seen the basic carbide tips 8 piece Craftsman set to go with it.

Can you advise me if this router and bit set is okay to purchase? It does state it has 1/4" and 1/2" collet. Can this also use 1/8 and/or 3/8?

I have read the post about router bits, and information has been taken into carpenter brain bank.

**Also, if it is okay, I am looking for a nice drill bit set, and the drum attachment for sanding and touching up corners on projects. My wife bought me a Dewalt 14.4 cordless drill (love it!) for X-mas. What can you recommend on these sets?

I know I am asking alot, but I want information from the best before I spend $ on a tight budget. Thanks for your time and help.

As far as Craftsman tools go, I cannot bad mouth them. Part of my tool collection is from my Father and Grandfather, all Craftsman, working just fine from 30-40 years back.
 

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Old 03-11-05, 05:55 PM
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Just recently I have seen in action, and used it myself. Porter Cable has a $200 router that comes with both a 1/4" and 1/2" collet. These are not adapters, they are separate collets!! It is about (?) 10 amps. Variable speed from 10,000 to 24,000. Soft start feature. I have seen it cut cabinet door style and rails from cabinet cutter sets! Slower than a 3hp model, but still it worked fine. It has all the Porter Cable features that come with the top of the line models. Home Depot sells it.

There is no equal to this router for the money. It will outlast the owner. This is the perfect all-round router for the beginner and advanced work worker who does not make cabinets for a living. Case closed!
 
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Old 03-11-05, 07:07 PM
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[QUOTE=Lugnut]Just recently I have seen in action, and used it myself. Porter Cable has a $200 router that comes with both a 1/4" and 1/2" collet. These are not adapters, they are separate collets!! It is about (?) 10 amps. Variable speed from 10,000 to 24,000.

Thank you, I will check it out before I make a purchase.
 
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Old 03-14-05, 01:06 PM
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Klink,
I have the exact Craftsman you're looking at. Built a cherry coffee table with it this weekend. Cuts like a dream and easier on the wallet. Don't buy the table and get good carbide bits and you're set.

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Old 03-14-05, 01:22 PM
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Thanks CountryMac. I was leaning towards that model, and I think I am going to buy it before the weekend is up. Can you tell me if the 6 or 8 piece Craftsman bit sets are the ones to buy with it? Also, can you tell me why not to buy the table. I was think on buying it, but I don't think I will get much use out of it. Thanks again for your input!
 
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Old 03-18-05, 10:16 AM
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Originally Posted by countrymac
Klink,
I have the exact Craftsman you're looking at. Built a cherry coffee table with it this weekend. Cuts like a dream and easier on the wallet. Don't buy the table and get good carbide bits and you're set.

Countrymac
I just bought that Craftsman router on sale for $99. I love it! I also bought a 10 pc 1/4 collet carbide bit set. I think I will be happy with this for now. Thanks again!
 
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Old 03-18-05, 10:48 AM
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Glad you found one you can be happy with.
 
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Old 03-18-05, 10:41 PM
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I can only recommend A Porter Cable router with both 1/4" and 1/2" collets. Don't buy a router with only a 1/4" collet, because you'll kick yourself when it comes time to get that special bit that only comes in 1/2"
 
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Old 03-19-05, 10:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Sawdustguy
I can only recommend A Porter Cable router with both 1/4" and 1/2" collets. Don't buy a router with only a 1/4" collet, because you'll kick yourself when it comes time to get that special bit that only comes in 1/2"
Thanks again. I purchased the below with your recommendation. I do have both the 1/4 & 1/2 collets. I also have both size bits that I bought along with it. Thank you to everyone for your help.

Craftsman Professional 2 hp 9.5 amp Router with Carrying Bag
Sears item #00926834000 Mfr. model #26834

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<img src="http://content.sears.com/data/product_images/009/26834/00926834000-190.jpg">
Image credit: sears.com
 

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Old 03-23-05, 05:10 AM
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Klink167,
Nice purchase. I think you'll be happy. I wouldn't purchase the table because it is somewhat flimsy with a fence that is mediocre at best. I would go with a Bench Dog variety or something comparable. Not much more in cost but a lot in quality. You'll be suprised when you go from large to small stock how much you really do use the table. I'd also go with 1/2" bits whenever possible.....better grip. Rip away!
 
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Old 03-24-05, 10:05 AM
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Klink167,
Nice purchase. I think you'll be happy. I wouldn't purchase the table because it is somewhat flimsy with a fence that is mediocre at best. I would go with a Bench Dog variety or something comparable. Not much more in cost but a lot in quality. You'll be suprised when you go from large to small stock how much you really do use the table. I'd also go with 1/2" bits whenever possible.....better grip. Rip away!
Thanks again countrymac!
 
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