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Hi all. First time posting. I just opened up a new in box Craftsman plunge router. The box says 17515 (with a small underlined "9" preceding the first digit) and the model no. on the manual says 315.175340. it's been sitting in my garage for years, but I needed to use it for a project, so it's been unearthed.

This model comes with a plunge unit but there are 2 other bases for it: a fixed base with a grip on each side, and a "D" gripped base that looks like a coffee decanter.

I'm looking for the fixed base for this: the part # is 315.175310

Where do I begin? Sears' parts direct site is wonky, and they seem to have only parts for the fixed base, not the fixed base itself.

any help would be appreciated.
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Hi all. First time posting. I just opened up a new in box Craftsman plunge router. The box says 17515 (with a small underlined "9" preceding the first digit) and the model no. on the manual says 315.175340. it's been sitting in my garage for years, but I needed to use it for a project, so it's been unearthed.

This model comes with a plunge unit but there are 2 other bases for it: a fixed base with a grip on each side, and a "D" gripped base that looks like a coffee decanter.

I'm looking for the fixed base for this: the part # is 315.175310

Where do I begin? Sears' parts direct site is wonky, and they seem to have only parts for the fixed base, not the fixed base itself.

any help would be appreciated.
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Hi

You will need to order the base for the 315-175310,fixed base itself=is 75.oo

http://www.searspartsdirect.com/part...&prst=&shdMod=


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Hi all. First time posting. I just opened up a new in box Craftsman plunge router. The box says 17515 (with a small underlined "9" preceding the first digit) and the model no. on the manual says 315.175340. it's been sitting in my garage for years, but I needed to use it for a project, so it's been unearthed.

This model comes with a plunge unit but there are 2 other bases for it: a fixed base with a grip on each side, and a "D" gripped base that looks like a coffee decanter.

I'm looking for the fixed base for this: the part # is 315.175310

Where do I begin? Sears' parts direct site is wonky, and they seem to have only parts for the fixed base, not the fixed base itself.

any help would be appreciated.



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Hi all. First time posting. I just opened up a new in box Craftsman plunge router. The box says 17515 (with a small underlined "9" preceding the first digit) and the model no. on the manual says 315.175340. it's been sitting in my garage for years, but I needed to use it for a project, so it's been unearthed.

This model comes with a plunge unit but there are 2 other bases for it: a fixed base with a grip on each side, and a "D" gripped base that looks like a coffee decanter.

I'm looking for the fixed base for this: the part # is 315.175310

Where do I begin? Sears' parts direct site is wonky, and they seem to have only parts for the fixed base, not the fixed base itself.

any help would be appreciated.
Hi - Welcome to the forum

May I ask what project you are working on that you need the fixed base for? Granted, since I have a multi-base kit, I do use the fixed base a lot but that is because of personal preference, not a "got to". The plunge base can be used equally well for almost all operations and is far superior for some operations such as stopped dados and inlays.

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Thank you for the quick replies.
-Dutchman, name and location have been updated. Thanks!
-Bobj3, thanks for the links. I did try to do it myself, but the website must have been under repair.
jschaben-Thanks for the welcome. Years ago, I built a redwood swing set from scratch. Due to years of neglect, it started deteriorating due to the elements and my same neglect. I've sanded down the grain that's lifted, and started staining/protecting the wood. Some pieces had come apart, so I decided to recreate them/repair them. Back then, I used a borrowed router/table to round all of the pieces of wood that kids would come in contact with. That router was a fixed type router. Since then, I purchased 2 separate routers: a fixed one (meant for the router table) and a plunge type, meant for more mobile applications (I purchased a dovetail making jig which I havent used yet, but have plans for.) I seemed to have misplaced the fixed base router, but this plunge unit says it's compatible with a fixed base from Sears.

My question then becomes: do I really need to have both bases? At 75 bucks, it's a tough call. Sears is selling a router, 2 bases, and a bag for 120. Can I just install this plunge unit on the router table when necessary?

Thanks again!
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Thank you for the quick replies.
-Dutchman, name and location have been updated. Thanks!
-Bobj3, thanks for the links. I did try to do it myself, but the website must have been under repair.
jschaben-Thanks for the welcome. Years ago, I built a redwood swing set from scratch. Due to years of neglect, it started deteriorating due to the elements and my same neglect. I've sanded down the grain that's lifted, and started staining/protecting the wood. Some pieces had come apart, so I decided to recreate them/repair them. Back then, I used a borrowed router/table to round all of the pieces of wood that kids would come in contact with. That router was a fixed type router. Since then, I purchased 2 separate routers: a fixed one (meant for the router table) and a plunge type, meant for more mobile applications (I purchased a dovetail making jig which I havent used yet, but have plans for.) I seemed to have misplaced the fixed base router, but this plunge unit says it's compatible with a fixed base from Sears.

My question then becomes: do I really need to have both bases? At 75 bucks, it's a tough call. Sears is selling a router, 2 bases, and a bag for 120. Can I just install this plunge unit on the router table when necessary?

Thanks again!
Sounds like a nice project. Good idea rounding over everything, makes it safer for the kids and just looks like a more finished project.

Sure, Many plunge bases installed in tables. I believe most remove the springs to make it easier to adjust the depth. No problem there. You could also round things over by hand, just make sure everything is clamped securely and be wary of interference.
The issue you have would be having to unbolt and remove the whole router assembly and reinstall springs if removed, to use it hand held. Kind of a PIA.

You're right, $75 for a base vs. $130 for two bases and a motor could be a tough call. Budget permitting, I'd be inclined to go with the new kit and install the old router in a table somewhat permanently. I got real used to having a little table all ready to go whenever I wanted it
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Hello again Steve! I believe that I would not hesitate to get the new one. Every thing is new then, and You can route for many years, if all is new. The other in the table, or whatever. You could also sell the bases if You don't use them. or not. The point is that Your new, and ready for work Thanks so much, Steve; Howard, The dutchman!

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