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I have a Craftsman router (model number 315.175340) that I was using with a router wing extension on my table saw. One of the brushes cracked and I have to decide what to do with the router. Some options and considerations:

- The router basically cost me $10-$20 as an add-on when I purchased the (used) table saw, so I'm not heavily invested in it.
- It was mounted with a plunge base and came with some random bits and other extra parts. I mention this because it didn't come with the fixed base that I think would work better under the table.
- Some quick web browsing suggests Sears no longer stocks the brushes and finding a fixed base will require some luck on eBay or Craigslist.
- Given all of the above, I'm leaning toward letting go of the Craftsman and getting something with a fixed base and lots of extra brushes.
- Before I do that I thought I'd check with you all to see if there are solutions I haven't considered.
- Finally, if I do let go of the Craftsman, is there any 'second life' for router motors? It just seems wasteful to toss it in the trash.

Thank you!
 

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Welcome to the forum Patrick.
 

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For what its worth, you don't have much invested in it, I don't know that I would put any more in it. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a new router.
 

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Welcome to the forum, Patrick.

If your budget can stand it, I would go for a newer mid sized combo kit.
 

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I have a Craftsman router (model number 315.175340) that I was using with a router wing extension on my table saw. One of the brushes cracked and I have to decide what to do with the router. Some options and considerations:

- The router basically cost me $10-$20 as an add-on when I purchased the (used) table saw, so I'm not heavily invested in it.
- It was mounted with a plunge base and came with some random bits and other extra parts. I mention this because it didn't come with the fixed base that I think would work better under the table.
- Some quick web browsing suggests Sears no longer stocks the brushes and finding a fixed base will require some luck on eBay or Craigslist.
- Given all of the above, I'm leaning toward letting go of the Craftsman and getting something with a fixed base and lots of extra brushes.
- Before I do that I thought I'd check with you all to see if there are solutions I haven't considered.
- Finally, if I do let go of the Craftsman, is there any 'second life' for router motors? It just seems wasteful to toss it in the trash.

Thank you!
I once had, well, I still have it. A 1/4 inch Craftsman Router. I used it free hand and mounted under my table in its original mount. First I believe I broke the shaft lock so I had to vice grip the shaft to change a bit. Then while using it, the whole motor fell out under my table, just hanging there by one brush wire. sad. I rewired the other brush and put it all back together. The hand switch for off and on burned up, so I wired it "on". Had to just plug it in and off it went. I finally purchased a Ryobi table and router with a 1/2 1/4 drive. My wife will tell me about my old favorite tee shirts, it time to let it go.
 

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Hi Patrick. Welcome to our little corner of the 'net.

As others have stated, it's time to replace it. New Craftsman routers can be had for around $120 or so, and there are packages available with both fixed and plunge base. The best of both worlds... fixed for the table, pop the motor out and put it in the plunge base for free hand work. Black Friday sales are coming too... even better deals.
 

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If the router was running fine before the brush went and a new brush is fairly cheap and you are capable of replacing it yourself then it is worth doing. If any of those conditions aren't met then it's time for a new one. There is some value to someone for the copper inside it if you go that way.

Welcome to the forum.
 

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I'm with the new router folks. Repair is what happens between short intervals of it working. Consider popping for a Triton TRA001 if you can manage it, next comes Bosch in my opinion.
 

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I still have a craftsman router I bought in 1980. It's the little router that could. Still works just fine despite lots of use and maybe a little abuse, too. I also have a freud plunger and a PC 7518 but like the little Crapsman for hand routing. When it dies I'll lift a drink for it, a faithful servant, and then into the trash!

As to your router, when the repair game reaches a point of diminishing returns, it's time to toss it. Only you can decide that point.
 

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Thanks for all the replies! John, I especially appreciate the link to Eurton. It looks like replacement brushes will cost ~$30 with tax and shipping. My electrical repair skills are rudimentary at best so I'll take a pass on this project. I do have a father-in-law who's quite good at these type of things and if I happen to pass by Eurton before his next visit, I'll see if he wants to mess with it.

I have a separate plunge router. Nothing fancy, but good enough for my skill level and project types. It will mount under my table saw extension wing but you can tell it's designed for above table use. Dust collection and height adjustment are a real pain when it's below the table. With that in mind, I'd like to replace the Craftsman with something that can stay under the table. Are there particular features I should look for? Above table height adjustment seems obvious; wasn't sure if there are other 'must haves' for a dedicated table router.
 

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Howdy Patrick and welcome. take a look at the Craftsman model #27683 kit. I bought mine for $68 by joining the Craftsman's Club, and while it was on sale. I have had it for over 2 years and it has proven to be a very good router. Yes it does have above table adjustment!!!!!!!!!

Sears.com

Dick
 

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Many members promote the Triton if you want to go big but it won't be $68.
 

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Just as a side note, I drove by the Sears Service Center to see if I could locate some 5" bridge clamps, with no luck. So, I asked if she had any spare bearings for my Craftsman RAS. She could not find anything in the system.

But, the real news is that they only take mowers and blowers now. ALL other equipment is sent out to contractors via UPS. No more drop off for service.

Just a sign of the the times for brick and mortar stores. They just can not compete with so much overhead.

Pretty sad.
 

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Options for busted Craftsman router....

junk it and get a Bosch...
 
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