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I am looking for a router table to attach my Chicago Electric Power Tools 2.5 HP Heavy Duty plunge router to. I cannot figure out which router table to buy and the only thing the manual says about router tables is that it is possible to attach it to a router table but it gives no indication what the base plate size is.
I was hoping to get the Craftsman Die Cast Aluminum Router Table, would my plunge router fit that table? And if not, do you have some suggestions on which to buy?
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Your router may be hard to use when mounted under a table unless you can remove the plunge spring(s). Try that first and see if it is possible.

At one time, I had the router/table combo that came from HF. I finally sold it and moved on.

Edit: I looked at the manual and see no reference to being table mounted. The base plate appears to have a four bolt pattern laid out in a rectangular pattern. I am not familiar with the 4 bolt lay out.
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In the manual on page 4, item 4, it mentions it is possible to attach it to a router table. Also, one of the people that posted a review said he found it rather bulky to use so he put it into his router table several years back. I bought it last summer, otherwise I might return it and buy one I know for certain fits in a router table.
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This question gets asked a lot and the answer is always make your own table. To mount your router to a table you need a plate. Normally you remove the plate on your router and then attach it to the new plate. I don't know if your plate can be removed. If not you would have to drill some additional holes to mount it. A new plate is important because it will contain rings that can be removed top accommodate larger bits. As Mike mentioned remove the springs so that you can easily adjust it.
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Welcome Thammy. In general the statement that any router can be made to fit a router table is a true statement but those Sears tables are generally made to fit only certain Sears routers. Most router tables use a separate insert plate that the router gets attached to and the plate sits in a lipped (rabetted) opening in the table top.

Sears tables have very thin tops, too thin to rabbet an opening into. Instead they are drilled and the holes countersunk in a pattern that will fit certain Sears router models. Unless your router shares that same bolt pattern, the one that holds the black plastic sub base to the metal body, then your router won't fit that table. And to be honest, few people care as the Sears tables are generally pretty crappy. Grizzly sells a starter table that is far superior to that Sears table for about $130 and there are old threads on this forum that explain how to install your router onto the removable plate. If you have any problems or need help in any way you just have to ask here and we will help.

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