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Default Any thoughts on Craftsman 315.275000 router

I would like to get another router for using my dovetail jig. Don't need anything fancy. Just something to hold the 2nd bit; I'm tired of changing bits.

I saw a Craftsman Pro 315.275000 for about $90. Anyone have any experience with this particular one? Is it any good, or should I look elsewhere? I need a router with a 1/2" collet.

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Reviews are pretty bad on this. A smattering of 4 and 5 star from newbies and "haven't used it yet, but..." buyers on Amazon. Lots of 1 and 2 star ratings and comments about it not being easy or accurate to set for bit height. I think you should consider another router. I would skip any Craftsman produce. They earned the twist on their name to Crapsman, through products like this one. One thing you can count on is that in 3-5 years, you won't be able to find a replacement collet.

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I two Craftsman Pro routers. They have different collets and cannot be used except on the ones that came with it. Craftsman has been sold to Lowes and they are selling a lot of Craftsman products. Personally I would stick with another brand. I have several Porter Cable routers, a Large Frued and a very old Bosch. On my CNC router I have a Bosch 1617 EVS. The thing about buying a Porter Cable, Dewalt or other name brand you can always get parts. Since the Craftsman sale I do not know what the supply chain will be for parts for the Craftsman. But if you like it buy it just be aware you may be sorry later. One more thing about the Craftsmans I have the metal they made the plung and fixed base has got a creeping crud inside them. They are aluminum or alloy but they are getting a white corrosion inside. I have cleaned them and oiled the inside but the corrosion keeps coming back.
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Reviews are pretty bad on this. A smattering of 4 and 5 star from newbies and "haven't used it yet, but..." buyers on Amazon. Lots of 1 and 2 star ratings and comments about it not being easy or accurate to set for bit height. I think you should consider another router. I would skip any Craftsman produce. They earned the twist on their name to Crapsman, through products like this one. One thing you can count on is that in 3-5 years, you won't be able to find a replacement collet.
I didn't see many reviews at all, which is why I posted. The few I saw on here complained about dust getting in the mechanism. Other than that, there wasn't much.

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My search continues.

I found this Dewalt DW610, but the cord is loose. I think I can fix it. Price is $65. A similar new one is about $150. Thoughts?

I may just have to bite the bullet and get a new one, but I've seen "newish" ones for sale on C, letgo and offerup, but the sellers either have junk or think they have gold and price them too high. One guy had a C-man router just like one I have for $110. You can get them new for $90!
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I would be very leery of buying a used router...
look to reconditioned..
https://www.cpooutlets.com/reconditi...-reconditioned
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I would be very leery of buying a used router...
look to reconditioned..
https://www.cpooutlets.com/reconditi...-reconditioned
I am too, but there seems to be lots of "newish" ones out there. I just need to convince the seller to come down on the price. I typically like to pay about half of the new price for anything used, no matter what condition it's in. The really used-looking ones I stay away from; no telling what they've been thru.
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Here's a suggestion Jeff. Go online and check that model to see if collets and any electronic controls are available for it. If the answer to that is no then the router is worth about $10. You can start at ereplacementparts.com

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Ok, help me narrow it down:

All from CPO, reconditioned:

1. Dewalt DW616R 1.75HP $98
2. Bosch1617 EVS 2.25HP $110 takes two wrenches to change bits. Is this any more trouble than holding the collet lock with one hand and the wrench with the other? I keep hearing how great this router is.
3. PC 9690LRR 1.75HP $135 comes with a case, which I like. I can get a new one (no case) for $140. I've used this one before and thought it was fine.

Here's one from Home Depot that keeps catching my eye (maybe it's the electric green color!):
4 Ryobi R163GK 1.5HP $80 lower HP and lower price 85% of the HP for 81% of the price.
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I have three Bosh routers, now; they've been trouble free since new. I can't speak for the other brands as I've never used them.
My goto one is the 1617EVS. I didn't buy the EVSPK kit originally so had to pay a premium to acquire the plunge base afterwards.
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