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Hey fella's: I am away from my usual shop and am poking around looking for a small and CHEAP router for a few simple jobs. Saw a Craftsmen #28212 6.5 am and it looked okay but I am old enough to remember the quality CRASH in the once admired Craftsmen line.
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Hey fella's: I am away from my usual shop and am poking around looking for a small and CHEAP router for a few simple jobs. Saw a Craftsmen #28212 6.5 am and it looked okay but I am old enough to remember the quality CRASH in the once admired Craftsmen line.
What do the wise men of the Router Forum have to say.
You don't have to be wise to have an opinion. It's the knowledge that's the problem.

The only problem _I_ have with Craftsman is parts. A router seldom breaks and if it does, it is because of mis-handling or abuse. When that happens, it is usually a simple part that keeps it from being used. I have gotten parts for 30 year old Makita tools but I had a box full of Craftsman out of commission for lack of parts. Money wasted the whole lot.

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Hey fella's: I am away from my usual shop and am poking around looking for a small and CHEAP router for a few simple jobs. Saw a Craftsmen #28212 6.5 am and it looked okay but I am old enough to remember the quality CRASH in the once admired Craftsmen line.
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Hi Warren, I share your pain with the Craftsman... I do carry a grudge though Been a long time and I still ain't been back.
Anyway, you didn't say what kind of deal you were getting on the Craftsman. I see that one is listed on the internet for $120. Same price range as the Bosch Colt or the Trend T4. IMHO, unless Sears shoots you a killer deal, I would opt for either the Bosch or the Trend.

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Hi Warren

I'm not real big fan of the older Craftsman line of routers but I'm real big fan of the new routers thay have coming out with now.

The little 6.5 amp router is a bit small I would suggest you get one of the new combo kits, 2Hp or the 2 1/4 Hp ,it comes with the 1/4" collet and the 1/2" collet and it's only about 100.oo bucks, lot of bang for your buck..and it's not one of the new plastic ones on the market place now days..the big blue one comes to my mind.. (M)...

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Thanks fellas. Bob3, I don't really need a "full size" router where I am for the moment-just something to do some edges, maybe a few dadoed shelves etc. I am concluding that the Colt is the way to go. I DID like the little two handed base the Trend and Craftsman had; looked like it was really a USEFUL addition to a small, lightweight tool.
Not going to buy tomorrow, but soon, and it will probably end up being the Bosch just based on owner comments etc.
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Hi Warren

I like the Colt also, I use it for many jobs, I have in a router table most of the time to do small jobs it's winner in my book .

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http://www.routerforums.com/jigs-fix...ter-table.html

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Thanks fellas. Bob3, I don't really need a "full size" router where I am for the moment-just something to do some edges, maybe a few dadoed shelves etc. I am concluding that the Colt is the way to go. I DID like the little two handed base the Trend and Craftsman had; looked like it was really a USEFUL addition to a small, lightweight tool.
Not going to buy tomorrow, but soon, and it will probably end up being the Bosch just based on owner comments etc.
Thanks fellas.



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Bob,or anybody else who knows; would it be possible to use the Colt with one of the nifty little bases the Trend and Craftsman use? I mean without a degree in metallurgy and another in engineering?
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Hi Warren

Not that I know about, Bosch is Bosch but I will say I did make a plunge base for the Colt I have using a PC plunge base.

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You might be able to find out who makes the craftsman one and find out that it is just one of the other models with the craftsman name tag one it.

I did a search for the sears manufacturers codes and the number 320 wasn't listed on the latest list. Here is the link, for any one interested in the future. Sears and Craftsman Source Product Code | Professional Power Tool Guide

Just found another link to a list, this one had some the other list didn't have.

http://acersite.livejournal.com/2131.html

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Thanks fellas. Bob3, I don't really need a "full size" router where I am for the moment-just something to do some edges, maybe a few dadoed shelves etc. I am concluding that the Colt is the way to go. I DID like the little two handed base the Trend and Craftsman had; looked like it was really a USEFUL addition to a small, lightweight tool.
Not going to buy tomorrow, but soon, and it will probably end up being the Bosch just based on owner comments etc.
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Hi Warren:

My vote goes for a full-sized production router. Not PorterCable but my preference is the Hitachi M12V, if you can find one. The "baby" routers are fine to play around with but should you want to do something that requires a bit of muscle, at some point, the babys won't do it. The Makita 3612C is a nice router too but there is a limit to bit sizes. In all fairness, the Hitachi needs to be modified for larger bits, but at least it's modifiable by the craftsperson.

The Colt and other laminate trimmers are too underpowered for most projects. The Trend T4 is a fully featured "trim" router used by at least one of the members for marquetry. The 2hp versions are intended to make the vendor money. Eventually you're going to have to buy a full-sized router so start there. I'm absolutely amazed at the number of vendors that sell "tiny" routers that don't accomplish a lot. I was in my local hardware store yesterday and Skil makes routers in increments of 1hp. Talk about waste.

Sorry for the rant. When the FAQ gets up, I'll shut up.

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