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I have PC 690 Router and plan to buy a better router (Craftsman Pro variable speed 2 1/4 hp) when it comes on sale within a year.

I am shopping at Rockler for the fence, doo-dads (Accessory kit) and an Aluminum plate. I am looking at their Discounted (Closeout) Aluminum plates.

The question is what plate I should order from Rockler for Craftsman Pro and whether Craftsman Pro can use same plate as PC690 Router. From the description seems like a generic plate for most routers out there but doesn't mention the Craftsman Pro 2 1/4 hp router specifically:

*Mounting holes for item #35265 will match for Porter Cable 7529/690/693 routers, Makita 1100-1101 series and bases, Bosch 1617EVS, 1618, DeWalt DW616, DW618 series routers.

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35265 Plate for Porter Cable 7529/690/693, Makita, Bosch & DeWalt*
21810 Rockler Router Table Plate for PC 890 Series
67349 New-Router Table Plate for Porter Cable 8529 Routers

Anything else I should buy for this plate (like extra inserts?)?
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Hello and welcome, It all depends on what you want. A lot of Harbor Freight plates are used. My guess is that you can wait and see. or run a search roe Harbor freight. Thanks for asking, and you will receive other post

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Thanks, but I am sticking with Rockler since I'm already placing an order with them for pullouts, hinges, a router fence so it's not much more to add a plate. My question is really what pattern of holes the Craftsman #28190 uses. Is it same as Porter Cable 7529/690/693 routers, Makita 1100-1101 series and bases, Bosch 1617EVS, 1618, DeWalt DW616, DW618 series router or is it different than all of these? I'm hoping it is same as one of these so I can mount my PC in the table for now and switch to the more powerful Craftsman when it comes on sale.
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Are you sure you want to go the Craftsman route on choosing a router. I have made three router tables for both home and use at school and I have found PC routers to have performed the best. I ended up burning out a 1 1/2 hp and 2 1/4 hp routers in a school shop. I ended up with the three hp porter cable that handled everything we could throw at it.
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The newer craftsmen routers are far better than their older models ever could have been. Their 2 1/4hp combo kit usually sells around the $119.00, since "Black Friday" is coming up soon, keep an eye on their special.

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You will most likely have do drill the plate to fit the Sears router. I have an older Sears router and it does not match the Porter Cable mounting holes.
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thanks. re: PC, I'm also very impressed with the unit I have, but the reviews and price for the Craftsman are quite compelling and the comparable PC are out of my price range. I've been happy with the Craftsman products I've owned (I avoid the cheap stuff though) and somehow the brand reminds me of my childhood (my dad ONLY bought Craftsman).
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The Craftsman has had good reviews in the publications. It is always mentioned as a good buy, price wise. If BJ3 sees this one, He'll post also.

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i'd say the Bosch 1617EVS is nearly a clone of the 320.17543 craftsman, so that might fit, if not, you'll have to drill new holes.
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If you really want Sears, then go for it. Very little to drilling your own holes. There are a number of threads here that will help you, if you need it. I was a Sears fan for many years; but the last 5-6 years has left a bad taste, but at least they have good return policy, if you read the fine print.

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