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I have a Craftsman router (model number 315.175340) that I was using with a router wing extension on my table saw. One of the brushes cracked and I have to decide what to do with the router. Some options and considerations:

- The router basically cost me $10-$20 as an add-on when I purchased the (used) table saw, so I'm not heavily invested in it.
- It was mounted with a plunge base and came with some random bits and other extra parts. I mention this because it didn't come with the fixed base that I think would work better under the table.
- Some quick web browsing suggests Sears no longer stocks the brushes and finding a fixed base will require some luck on eBay or Craigslist.
- Given all of the above, I'm leaning toward letting go of the Craftsman and getting something with a fixed base and lots of extra brushes.
- Before I do that I thought I'd check with you all to see if there are solutions I haven't considered.
- Finally, if I do let go of the Craftsman, is there any 'second life' for router motors? It just seems wasteful to toss it in the trash.

Thank you!
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For what its worth, you don't have much invested in it, I don't know that I would put any more in it. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a new router.

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Welcome to the forum, Patrick.

If your budget can stand it, I would go for a newer mid sized combo kit.

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I have a Craftsman router (model number 315.175340) that I was using with a router wing extension on my table saw. One of the brushes cracked and I have to decide what to do with the router. Some options and considerations:

- The router basically cost me $10-$20 as an add-on when I purchased the (used) table saw, so I'm not heavily invested in it.
- It was mounted with a plunge base and came with some random bits and other extra parts. I mention this because it didn't come with the fixed base that I think would work better under the table.
- Some quick web browsing suggests Sears no longer stocks the brushes and finding a fixed base will require some luck on eBay or Craigslist.
- Given all of the above, I'm leaning toward letting go of the Craftsman and getting something with a fixed base and lots of extra brushes.
- Before I do that I thought I'd check with you all to see if there are solutions I haven't considered.
- Finally, if I do let go of the Craftsman, is there any 'second life' for router motors? It just seems wasteful to toss it in the trash.

Thank you!
I once had, well, I still have it. A 1/4 inch Craftsman Router. I used it free hand and mounted under my table in its original mount. First I believe I broke the shaft lock so I had to vice grip the shaft to change a bit. Then while using it, the whole motor fell out under my table, just hanging there by one brush wire. sad. I rewired the other brush and put it all back together. The hand switch for off and on burned up, so I wired it "on". Had to just plug it in and off it went. I finally purchased a Ryobi table and router with a 1/2 1/4 drive. My wife will tell me about my old favorite tee shirts, it time to let it go.

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Hi Patrick. Welcome to our little corner of the 'net.

As others have stated, it's time to replace it. New Craftsman routers can be had for around $120 or so, and there are packages available with both fixed and plunge base. The best of both worlds... fixed for the table, pop the motor out and put it in the plunge base for free hand work. Black Friday sales are coming too... even better deals.

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If the router was running fine before the brush went and a new brush is fairly cheap and you are capable of replacing it yourself then it is worth doing. If any of those conditions aren't met then it's time for a new one. There is some value to someone for the copper inside it if you go that way.

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I'm with the new router folks. Repair is what happens between short intervals of it working. Consider popping for a Triton TRA001 if you can manage it, next comes Bosch in my opinion.
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