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First Name: Steve
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Hi - I'm new so not sure if this is right forum or not. I have 2 older Craftsman routers (17431 and 175040) and would like to get a base plate for a current router model and use it with my old routers. The reason is that I recently bought a Craftsman Professional Dovetail kit at a yard sale. It was a great buy but it was missing the guide bushings. I bought a new set of metal bushings from Sears but then realized they don't fit my older router bases (hole in center of base is too big). My bases are meant to use the plastic bushings that screw in. All the new routers have smaller holes and the new bushings fit nicely into the holes. If I could find a base for a current model router, I think it would fit perfectly on one of my older routers - the holes to screw it to the router seem to line up. Then I can use the bushings I bought. I tried to buy a new base at Sears and Sears parts but they don't carry current model base plates (or so I was told). Any suggestions of where to get the base plate or another way of using my dovetail jig? Thanks very much.
I guess I thought it would be easy to buy new base plates from Sears parts. Don't base plates ever break and need to be replaced? Or haven't the newer routers been on the market long enough for their replacement base plates to reach Sears parts. Or has Sears decided not provide parts for their hand power tools any more?
Thanks. I'll check out the MLCS base plate. I'll probably do better there. I tried Sears PartsDirect and the only thing that comes up with any of the 1754x router numbers (all the current models) are chainsaws (apparently Craftsman chainsaws have a similar number to their routers). I even used their on-line chat and that person couldn't help.
Guess I don't know what pc guides are (I'm still a router neophyte). I bought a "Craftsman 12 piece Bushing & Centering Cone Set". I'm too new to this site so not allowed to post the link. Is that what you asked? I only need 2 of the bushings for the dovetail jig but figured the other bushings might come in handy some day.
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