Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Glencoe, Illinois
Clarionflyer, here's what Wood Magazine had to say about the Craftsman router they tested last July with 11 other multibase router kits...
"Although it didn't make our final four list -- it's somewhat difficult to change bits and set bit heights -- we found the Craftsman 17543 provides decent performance for a low price. It gets our Top Value Award. For $120, you get a router with good power that slides into and out of its bases easily and includes clear subbases, an LED light, an edge guide, and dust-collection attachments. The subbase openings are molded for guide bushings, so you'll need to spend $20 more to get subbases for larger bits."
You may not be looking for a kit, but Craftsman has been improving it's power tools. My first router was a Craftsman (10 years ago) that was pretty flimsy, but they've come a long way since then. Personally, I'd go with the Craftsman Combination router just to get the plunge option, or try the Craftsman 17543 kit with multibases at $120.
Last edited by windstorm; 03-13-2009 at 12:11 PM.