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I just bought my first router, it is a craftsman 17543. The only problem is I bought it from the sears outlet so it is missing all the accessories, does not have the depth stick for the plunge function, and is missing the fixed base assembly. Now I only paid $31 for it. I just talked to sears parts and the said just buying the fixed base assembly itself would cost 70 dollars and the depth gauge would be about $20. Do you guys think it is worth keeping this router? I don't have a router table so the fixed part is not that big of deal for now.
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Hey guys,

I just bought my first router, it is a craftsman 17543. The only problem is I bought it from the sears outlet so it is missing all the accessories, does not have the depth stick for the plunge function, and is missing the fixed base assembly. Now I only paid $31 for it. I just talked to sears parts and the said just buying the fixed base assembly itself would cost 70 dollars and the depth gauge would be about $20. Do you guys think it is worth keeping this router? I don't have a router table so the fixed part is not that big of deal for now.
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Ahh, Sears, ya gotta love 'em.
Depth stop rod is a non-issue. You only need a piece of steel rod 3-4" long that will slide into the hole in the base for it. You can probably get about 10 times what you need at Home Depot for about 4 bucks. Actually a screw or bolt would work as long as the threads don't snag. The lock screw may be a different issue if it's missing. Take the base into Home Depot or Ace Hardware and figure out what the thread is. If it's metric, depending on where you live, getting a male metric knob may be a bit dicey. You could always use a screwdriver or wrench but that's one thing you really want tool less.
Missing fixed base is not a big issue either. I sure wouldn't drop $70 for it. May watch eBay or someplace and pick up a junk router with a good base.
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Hi - Welcome to the forum
Ahh, Sears, ya gotta love 'em.
Depth stop rod is a non-issue. You only need a piece of steel rod 3-4" long that will slide into the hole in the base for it. You can probably get about 10 times what you need at Home Depot for about 4 bucks. Actually a screw or bolt would work as long as the threads don't snag. The lock screw may be a different issue if it's missing. Take the base into Home Depot or Ace Hardware and figure out what the thread is. If it's metric, depending on where you live, getting a male metric knob may be a bit dicey. You could always use a screwdriver or wrench but that's one thing you really want tool less.
Missing fixed base is not a big issue either. I sure wouldn't drop $70 for it. May watch eBay or someplace and pick up a junk router with a good base.
Good Luck.
Thanks for the reply. I am not sure what you mean by the lock screw? Also wouldn't I need some sort of indication to know how far the depth would be? Sorry this is my very first router and actually the first one I have ever seen in person
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HI hammester

The way I see it you are set you just need a short rod like JOHN said, the lock knob (screw) is in place...that's a good price for a new router the wrench you can get from sommerfeld tools or peachtree or MLCS for about 14.oo bucks and it's worth the price..(offset type)


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Hey guys,

I just bought my first router, it is a craftsman 17543. The only problem is I bought it from the sears outlet so it is missing all the accessories, does not have the depth stick for the plunge function, and is missing the fixed base assembly. Now I only paid $31 for it. I just talked to sears parts and the said just buying the fixed base assembly itself would cost 70 dollars and the depth gauge would be about $20. Do you guys think it is worth keeping this router? I don't have a router table so the fixed part is not that big of deal for now.



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HI hammester

The way I see it you are set you just need a short rod like JOHN said, the lock knob (screw) is in place...that's a good price for a new router the wrench you can get from sommerfeld tools or peachtree or MLCS for about 14.oo bucks and it's worth the price..(offset type)


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In the picture on the sears website there is a dial indicator to indicator the moves along a ruler on the plunge base. You can see it in the listing Bob posted. Is that very useful? Thanks for all the help, I was thinking about returning it but you guys are convincing me that it was still a good deal.
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" a dial indicator to indicator the moves along a ruler" = not to sure what you mean, are you talking about the clear plart part on the rod, if so it's not a must have item just so much junk on the router, now the part that the rod comes down on to is a part that is needed now and than for quick sets of the plunge router.


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In the picture on the sears website there is a dial indicator to indicator the moves along a ruler on the plunge base. You can see it in the listing Bob posted. Is that very useful? Thanks for all the help, I was thinking about returning it but you guys are convincing me that it was still a good deal.



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In the picture on the sears website there is a dial indicator to indicator the moves along a ruler on the plunge base. You can see it in the listing Bob posted. Is that very useful? Thanks for all the help, I was thinking about returning it but you guys are convincing me that it was still a good deal.
Yeah, I know what you mean, that's just a little plastic framis That serves as sort of a memory jogger I guess. Haven't really used it on any of my plungers that have it. The idea is you plunge down and lock the router. Move the plastic gizzee to 0 on the scale. Raise the rod till the plastic thing shows the depth of cut you want and lock down the rod. I think I used it the first time I used the router and that was about it. Just plunge the router down and lock it. Loosen the rod and place a guage of some kind reflecting the depth of cut you want under the rod, press the rod down to contact that gauge block and lock the rod down. The gauge block can be anything matching the depth of cut you want; allen wrenches, bolt heads, they make brass bars for that, drill bits, or even the item you want to set flush into the work. In short, instead of giving Sears the $20 for a piece of plastic, buy another router bit

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You will be very happy with the deal you got on the router. As far as the ruler and indicator goes I will repeat something Bob from the Router Workshop made a point to teach about: The more you measure the more likely you are to make a mistake. The indicators move on the rods and are a poor method of insuring accuracy. Using brass set up bars is quick and easy as John noted, and they are very inexpensive. I saw a similar sale at my local Sears store; the depth rod and indicator were missing. I would of bought the router but the collet was gone as well and that is one item you can not do without! Since you are new to the forums let me suggest you read the sticky threads which are filled with useful information.

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