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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-23-2011, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
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Default Craftsman 17540 Question and Price Alert

Hey guys. Sears has the craftsman 17540 1 3/4 HP plunge router on sals for $59.88, so after reading a lot of positive feedback on this and it's 2HP brother, I decided to grab it. Well 3 actually... What can I say, I'm addicted to routers.
Anyway, I went looking for new routers after my two dewlat 618's decided to die on me. I bought 2 porter cable 690's since amazon has them on sale for $99. These will be dedicated to router table use. I don't need a 3HP beast under the table just yet; if and when I do I may just buy a shaper with router bit collets.

So that left me with the need for a plunge router(s). With my dewalt 618's dying, the plunge bases became useless to me.

I stumbled across the craftsman routers during my search, and decided for now a few of these will do. At $59.88 each, it was pretty much an impulse, but I haven't read much negativity on these routers.

So my simple question for those who have this router: does the sub-base accept PC bushings? Most of my plunge router work revolves around using bushings and templates, so I just want to know if I need to make a new base for my routers when they show up.

Also, does anyone know the baseplate screw size?

Many thanks.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-23-2011, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, it appears both questions were answered by BJ in another thread.

In case anyone else is wondering:
Yes it takes PC style bushings, and the screw size is 10-32.
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