My wife picked me up a copy of Router and Power Woodworking magazine and they had a review of the new Craftsman 2HP plunge/fixed base combo. For anyone interested in this router I will catch the highlights of the review but honestly, there wasn't anything they didn't like about this router. http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/produ...cemldffidfko.0
Motor is 11 Amp sealed made from good quality materials featuring diecast aluminum upper and lower housings. Runs smoothly and quietly and electronic feedback holds any speed from 12,000 to 25,000 rpm. Switch is easy to reach and the illuminated power switch is a nice safety feature. 3 LED lights in the underside of the motor illuminate the workpiece nicely and a nice feature.
Plunge base has knobs on both bases which the review likes and so do I on my dewalt router. Plunge bars have gaitors on them to keep the dust out and the action is very smooth. The large lever lock holds any depth setting firmly. A depth rod and 3 position turret set it easily and a micro adjustment can make 1/64 fine settings and can be adjusted from the top of the table if mounted in one.
Fixed base is a positive cam locking buckle system which secures the router at the desired height to give reuire depth of cut and prevents self adjusting during use. Micro adjustment of 1/64 is done by turning the adjustment knob and gross adjustments of 1/2 or more than be made pushing a button to bypass the rack and pinion. Transparent dust port is included along with a fence.
Well balanced in both bases and is light enough for extended hand held use but weighty enough to hold a good cut. Well designed and easy to set up. They liked the router a lot and thought the router has the build quality of much more expensive routers. A real quality tool for a very affordable price.
or so they say... but when I can.. I will find out for myself