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My name is Jerry and I'm new to the group. Looking to 'read and learn'. Been into woodworking for some 30+ years. What got me on this forum is my search for a supply of replacement parts for a Craftsman router that I bought in 1969. Model# 315.25070. This machine has served me well over the years and I'd like to refurbish it. Specifically I'm looking for the eye shield and at least a plug receptacle for the light.

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the good news Jerry you are welcome here...
the bad news is that parts for Craftsman are scarcer then hen's teeth...
you may be able to find a socket at an electronics parts store or replace the light w/ an LED unit...
 

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Jerry,
I have a few of this model router, and will search my shop to see if I have the two items that you seek, since one is dis-assembled. Are there any other parts/pieces that you would like to have? Welcome to the Forum.
Rick
 

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Welcome Jerry. As you can tell, there’s lots of good people here.
 

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Hi, Jerry; a 45 year old router is overdue for retirement. Not to be a wet blanket re your project, but there have been so many technical improvements in router design and performance that hanging onto an old Craftsman isn't really justifiable, from a purely woodworking pov. Softstart and speed control are just two advancements that are deal makers all by themselves.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I still have my old original Craftsman (1/4" collet...3/4HP Ithink), works fine but I have no sentimental attachment to it.
 

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Welcome to the forum Jerry.
 

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Jerry,

Welcome to to forum. You will find a lot of good information here. I just gave my Son my old sears router. It had all the parts you wanted, but it still works. He wanted to make a couple of signs and I have three others I use.

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Welcome Jerry. While I have to agree with Dan there's something about an old friend that's hard to part with. As for me I have some old, very old tools passed down from my Father and Father-in-Law that I'll go to the ends of the earth to keep, hopefully in working order although I may use them extremely sparingly. Of course most of these are hand held tools but it's the same thing. I have several routers sitting on the shelf that while they still run well I'll probably never use again but neither can I part with them as they are where I came from and we have history. It's not the same as collecting girl friends but something along that line. Thankfully my wife is very understanding.....not of the girl friends....of the tools. She wouldn't let me keep the girl friends. Just kidding, no actually she made me get rid of them.....Which actually is a good thing because both the girls and this hobby can get expensive. Without the girls you'll have more time and money. Wait, what were we talking about? Where's my lawyer.....now that can get expensive..forget the girls, no need for a lawyer, more money for tools. Are we back on track now?

Sorry the coffee hasn't fully kicked in, nor the meds.......I'm kidding.....I think

Welcome Jerry and enjoy the group. Hope you find your parts.
 

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In the spirit of full disclosure, I still have my old original Craftsman (1/4" collet...3/4HP Ithink), works fine but I have no sentimental attachment to it.
I've got 4 or 5 old Craftsman 1/4" collet routers. The 'new' 1 is around 15 years old. All made by Ryobi. They all work, except 1, and it only needs a wire re-soldered to work. I only use the same 1 day to day, and if it ever gives up, I'll either toss it, or take it apart to see what is salvageable. Then it's on to the the next router. Sure beats trying to scrounge parts for an old router. No sentimental attachment whatsoever.
 
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Welcome Jerry,
Sometimes old tools just feel right. The price or value may not be what is important. I think we all have some old tools in our collections and we may enjoy thinking back on what project we did with these. Sentimental value. I still have my first woodworking gift tool from my mother in law, a Black and Decker circular saw. I don't use it much since I now have a newer better saw but it's still there. I also have a favorite hammer although I have bought and recieved better ones, it's still my go to hammer.
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Dan
 

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Bulb socket

Jerry, I have a similar looking router (315.17470) and according to the manual, the bulb is an automotive No. 1004. If yours is similar, a suitable socket shouldn't be too hard to find but you'll need one with similar mounting.
 
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