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My first router was a Stanley hand router, routing door butt hinge mortises.
Then my dad got a Stanley 7/8 h.p. router (domey) with a whole metal box full of accessories. I remember the door hinge templates and rods, a right angle attachment, an offset spindle driven by a belt, edge triming guide, laminate trimmer guide a set of 1/4" HHS bits,a circle cutting jig, a contour cutting jig, and a whole lot of little knobs,washers, gizmos, and who knows what, it was like a Lyman reloading set.

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I bought a Craftsman at a yard sale. It came with a few HSS bits. I may still have some of them. I can't remember how much I paid anymore. That was back in the early 70s.

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hand me down Stanleys..
1st one ever purchased... Ingersoll Rand...

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A Craftsman circa 1980 probably, maybe earlier but not later. Bought that Vermont American pantograph I posted a pic of, at the same time...never used the pantograph.
I bought my Ryobi laminate trimmer a short while later. Both of those old routers are 1/4" collet.
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Mine was a small Black and Decker. I got it used from a brother-in-law for $10...still have it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That was mid '70's.

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Black and Decker 7616 (mid to late 70s) - still have it and the book that came with it: Black and Decker Router Craft by George Drake.
Funny though, the caption on the front cover says: "A Handbook designed to make the do-it-yourselfer.....a router expert"

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Mine was a Crapsman. It flew apart cutting dovetails in some drawers. I hated it. Nothing worked with it or fit on it unless it came out of a clothing store. I still have my second router its 30+ years old PC 690.

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Herb, there is a photo of that router/attachments somewhere on the forums.

My first was a Craftsman with a work light. Then I bought a Bosch 1617 and the world changed!
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After I was on my own I got a Craftsman on sale for $39.00 and a few years later I got a Sears router table and while routing some long stock a screw vibrated out of some thing and fell into the motor and when I started it up all the fan blades came flying out and the router took off like a jet engine and was jumping all over the table. Then I got a PC 690 and it lasted for ever, it was what we used exclusively on the jobs.
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After I was on my own I got a Craftsman on sale for $39.00.
That sounds like the one I bought, prolly about 1974. I actually still have it and it runs fine. I have it mounted on a little table and dedicated to roundovers. It's down now because the bottom of the motor casting cracked where the shaft lock lever attaches. If I see another one like it on craigslist or a yard sale, I'm going to get it so I can keep that roundover setup, because the rack and pinion height adjustment was a lot better than their later models.

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