Craftsman 17543 Combo Fixed Base Height Adjustment
Just got done testing out my new 17543 combo kit. Haven't touched the plunge base yet, just been working with the fixed one. Surprised by how little start-up torque there is at the lower speed settings, and how quiet it is compared to what I expected. Using MLCS bits my test cuts were very smooth- wouldn't have needed any additional sanding on the dado cuts. Roundovers would be finish ready too, except for my sniping the snot out of the corners... hopefully I'll figure out how to avoid that as I get experience.
Two things I'm finding that are moderately annoying- but wondering if it is just my router base, and something I should work with Sears to fix/exchange.
1) If I follow the instructions in the manual to 'zero' the depth adjustment by 1) setting bit depth to flush with baseplate with fine adjustment, and then 2) closing the base clamp and turning the depth adjustment to zero while holding in the coarse adjustment release, that once I open the base clamp to set to actual depth the bit moves about 1/4 to 1/2 inch. It looks like there is a locking cam system in the gears that precludes depth zeroing by the method in the manual.
I've found a workaround by setting the bit flush to baseplate, then closing the clamp to lock motor to the base, and then turn the indicator dial to zero while making sure the fine adjustment dial doesn't move. This seems to work, but is nothing like the manual instructions. Also the fact that I can move the two dials independently leads to...
2) Sometimes the fine adjustment dial and the depth indicator dial do not move perfectly together. There is slippage between the two, particularly when I'm trying to lower the bit a full 1/8" (one revolution) at a time. Then I have to rezero and start over.
Any 17543 or the fixed base version owners have comments or suggestions?