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Can anyone tell me where I might find a guide bushing set for Craftsman 315 series routers? I own three such routers (315.17492, 315.174730 and 315.275051) and need a 7/16” diameter x 3/16” deep guide bushing that will fit any one of them in order use a dovetail jig that my cousin-in-law has lent me. The part I need looks similar to the image one gets if one asks SearsPartsDirect.com for Part No. 1609443230—image attached—but note that the description for that part provided by SearsPartsDirect does NOT list the critical dimensions…and both of the two Customer Service Reps I chatted with online say that the additional information they have in their database for this part does not contain the critical dimensions, only a statement that the specified part should fit any one of my three 315 series routers! I can’t spent $11.94 plus shipping in the hope that, purely by luck, the specified part might be the size I need.

I wanted to search the SearsPartsDirect.com website for “router guide bushing set” in the hope that there might be a set of such bushings available for 315 series routers that contains the bushing size I need, but I quickly learned…confirmed by a chat rep and a rep at my local Sears Parts store…that the Sears Parts databases do not allow one to search by keyword; they only support searches by model number or part number. (Very frustrating!)

Any help/work-arounds would be greatly appreciated!
 

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The 315 Sears routers are made by Ryobi (One World Technologies) and the ones that I am familiar with that only use 1/4" shaft bits had baseplates with the right size opening to attach guide bushings to. That's as is, from the factory. I have a DW 610 which is the same. The baseplate opening is 1 3/16 through hole with a 1 3/8 counterbore for the PC type bushing. If you have a 1/2 capable router it may be different. Many of those have a guide bush adapter that attaches to the router with screws so that larger diameter bits will fit through the hole.

You might have to take a standard guide bush and grind it down to the right length. Some of them are really long and I haven't talked to anyone yet who understands why.
 

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Welcome to the forum Mitch.
 

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Thanks for the info, Cherryville Chuck! (Sorry for the delayed reply. I've been out-of-town for an extended holiday and am just getting around to catching up.) Your comment about grinding down an off-the-shelf guide bushing was key. I have one that's too long. It's plastic and can easily be cut-to-length. I haven't used one before, so it didn't occur to me that I might have to modify an "off-the-shelf" one to get it to work in its intended application. I suppose the manufacturers believe it's better to make them too long than too short...which seems logical, as I imagine not everyone's templates are the same thickness.
 

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The 315 Sears routers are made by Ryobi (One World Technologies) and the ones that I am familiar with that only use 1/4" shaft bits had baseplates with the right size opening to attach guide bushings to. That's as is, from the factory. I have a DW 610 which is the same. The baseplate opening is 1 3/16 through hole with a 1 3/8 counterbore for the PC type bushing. If you have a 1/2 capable router it may be different. Many of those have a guide bush adapter that attaches to the router with screws so that larger diameter bits will fit through the hole.

You might have to take a standard guide bush and grind it down to the right length. Some of them are really long and I haven't talked to anyone yet who understands why.
We used the long ones years ago in the PC 690 series router for the standard Stanley door butt jig.
Herb
 

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Finally an explanation. LOL
 

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Another option would be to make your own base plate similar like this... [URL="http://www.routerforums.com/guide-bushings-templates/8114-making-your-own-sub-base-plate]making-your-own-sub-base-plate.html[/URL]. This would allow you to use standard off-the-shelf bushings instead of the ones that Sears manufactured. There are several other posts here about this as well.
 
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