Fixed-Base 2-hp Router 17506 - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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Fixed-Base 2-hp Router 17506

Craftsman - Fixed-Base 2-hp Router 17506

Craftsman offers a comparable fixed-base router as model No. 26834.

$100 (As of 8/1/2001)

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Editor's Review: Fixed-Base 2-hp Routers

by Tom Begnal

review date: August 1, 2001

For all-around shop use, midsize routers make sense. At 2 hp to 2-1/4 hp, they have enough testosterone to handle most cuts without the bulk that can make bigger versions a chore to run freehand. I gathered all of the midsize fixed-base routers on the market and tested them in the Fine Woodworking shop. The test had three main parts. First, I considered the ergonomics of the routers, using them by hand and in a router table. Then I checked them for noise, runout, and vibration. And finally, I gave them a handheld run to see how effectively they plowed through wood.

The Craftsman 17506 has an easy-to-use switch and switch lock, changing bits is easy, and the dust bag works well. But the motor rotated during test cuts, and the depth-adjusting ring is sticky. The locking knob isn’t easy to turn. It accepts only 1/4-in. shank bits. The machine is less user-friendly in a table.

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Editor Test Results:

Bit Changing N/A
Base Changing N/A
Plunge/Height Adjustment N/A
Runout 0.0015 in.
Quality of Cut N/A
Vibration at Handles Fair
Router Table Suitability N/A
Noise Rating 96 dB (no load)

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Craftsman
Manufacturer's Web Site
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-697-3277
Opening at Base 1-5/8 in.
Built-in Dust Collection Dust port: Yes
Horsepower 2 hp
Amps 9 amps
Watts N/A
Volts N/A
Speed Variable speed, 15,000-25,000 rpm
Collet Size 1/4 in.
Maximum Plunge/Height N/A
Tilting Base N/A
Special Features Soft Start: No
Product Warranty N/A

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