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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-20-2014, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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Default Craftsman versus B&D router

I see multiple posts re the Craftsman, but very few re the Black & Decker.
Why is that? Is B&D an inferior product?
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Actually either one will do most routing operations. You do not have to have the best router made to do great projects. In fact most of us here started with what our budget would allow.
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I had one crappy router. Very few after market products fit on it. So your stuck with their crappy after market products. Thankfully it flew apart and I bought my first Porter Cable router still working well after 30 years. Good tools are a joy to use. For a life time.

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Hi Bob. Craftsman is actually making 2 very good routers at this time. The 27683, 2HP and the 27680 pro series, 2-1/2 HP. Many of the parts are the same as the Bosch 1617. They take the same MuscleChuck. Both the Craftsman routers have the same above table adjustment, and have a spindle lock for changing bits above the table. You cannot easily change the bits on the Bosch from above the table without adding the MuscleChuck. I have both of these Craftsman routers and have had no complaints on either of them.

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In general you do get what you pay for and B&D and Skil are some of the cheapest tools made. They won't hold up to heavy prolonged use. They are targeted towards DIYers who might use a router an hour or two a year in total. With the Sears routers it's good to look for reviews on the various models. Some get pretty good reviews and some get horrible reviews.

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Thanks, guys, for the replies. I figured BD was lower end.
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