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Hi guys, i found this site with a google search and have been browsing around for a couple of days now coming across a ton of great information.

I got a cheap table saw and a craftsman fixed base router / table combo to get started with wood working but it was a spur of the moment deal i found on craigslist so i bought the router without researching it and now im wanting a plunge base as well.
Anybody know if i am able to swap the fixed base to a plunge on my 320.17541 model and if so where would I buy it?
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Hi Rob

You can get one from Sears Parts but it will cost almost the as a new router combo kit, so to say it's best to just buy one more router with the plunge base with it..

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Hi guys, i found this site with a google search and have been browsing around for a couple of days now coming across a ton of great information.

I got a cheap table saw and a craftsman fixed base router / table combo to get started with wood working but it was a spur of the moment deal i found on craigslist so i bought the router without researching it and now im wanting a plunge base as well.
Anybody know if i am able to swap the fixed base to a plunge on my 320.17541 model and if so where would I buy it?



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Thanks for the info, i looked on ebay and found a plunge base for a craftsman professional 14amp 2.5hp router model 27680 for $25.

Would it work with mine or are they model specific?
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Thanks for the info, i looked on ebay and found a plunge base for a craftsman professional 14amp 2.5hp router model 27680 for $25.

Would it work with mine or are they model specific?
Hi Rob - Welcome to the forum
I'd just keep lookin for a plunge base router. Leave the fixed base in the table. Some routers are easier than others to switch bases on. I like using a fixed base for some hand held jobs also, edge forming and trimming for example. A kit like this would round things out nicely.
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Rob, it's a crap shoot. Some models are similar enough that parts will interchange but the general rule is no. You can always take your router and compare it. The best advice is to keep your router in the table and just buy another with a plunge base; this way you don't have to keep swapping them out.

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Thanks for the replies guy, i will just buy a plunge router so i can have both like you guys suggested. Im looking forward to many future projects using these tools... Ive always worked with metal and a welder so wood working is like learning a new language to me but im eager to learn.
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I have the fixed base from my dual base kit in my router table. I am thinking of getting a powerful fixed base router for the table to free up my present router for freehand operations. It's a bit of a PITA changing between the table and the base.

So, yeah, I would suggest you leave your table as it is, and get yourself a dual base router kit as well. Of course, a bandsaw is really handy, as is a drill press and a cordless drill, not to mention a sander, oh, and a jointer/planer...

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