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I have an old (35 years) router from Sears. If I want to learn to use a router, should I invest in a modern router or play with this one? What features am I missing?

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I have an old (35 years) router from Sears. If I want to learn to use a router, should I invest in a modern router or play with this one? What features am I missing?

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a few like soft start? and 1/2" collet . And new router's have maybe 2 or 3 collet's . and some other thing's that may not be that important right now. Like plunge base. Do a google search on router's . Like their are lot's of new ones. Check and you will see that your's is behind time's. But your's will work juist fine. Depend's on what you want to do. Rorter table or free hand stuff ???

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I have an old (35 years) router from Sears. If I want to learn to use a router, should I invest in a modern router or play with this one? What features am I missing?

Kent
Hi Kent - Lostsa those old Craftsman around. I've got one that's at least that old. You can learn on that one just fine. Difference is it will be a lot easier on a newer equipped with some of the niceties. Don't know what model you have but some of the older Craftsman were a bear to set bit height with and a collect lock that wouldn't. Not terribly big problems but the nuisicance gets in the way of the learning sometimes.
What are you missing? Well, del pointed out soft start, also variable speed, some even have lights in the base for better visibility, noise level, much smoother operation, dust collection capabily, multiple base capability..... Pretty decent prices also, especially if you look at it in terms of 2010 dollars vs. 1975 dollars.
Check around and see what you think. Maybe take in a woodworking show if one happens near you or check out any local woodworking stores and ask about demo's or classes.
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