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Midsize Plunge Router 27510

Craftsman - Midsize Plunge Router 27510

Craftsman now offers a comparably priced 3-1/2-hp plunge router under model No. 26835.

$200 (As of 10/25/2005)

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Editor's Review: Midsized Plunge Routers

by Tom Begnal

review date: October 25, 2005

Midsize plunge routers, those in the 2-hp class, have enough muscle to tackle most tasks, yet they're relatively easy to handle. Unlike a fixed-base router, a plunge router lets you lower the spinning bit straight down into a workpiece. That makes it a good choice for those who cut a lot of stopped grooves, dadoes, and mortises. So with that in mind, I gathered all eight of the midsize plunge routers on the market and gave each a thorough going-over. 

I checked to see how fussy it was to turn the machine on and off, to change router bits, and to set the plunge depth. I looked at how much finger contortion it took to set the switch locks and the plunge-lock mechanisms. I also wanted to see how well the multiple-stop systems worked. I checked the handles for comfort, then measured each router for noise, vibration, and collet runout. And after all of that, I tested each router by running it through a sheet of plywood.

The on/off switch and plunge lock on the Craftsman score high marks, and a collet lock simplifies bit changes. But the router has uncomfortable handles and a challenging switch lock, no variable speed, and no dust port.

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Editor Test Results:

Bit Changing N/A
Base Changing N/A
Plunge/Height Adjustment N/A
Runout 0.0053 in.
Quality of Cut N/A
Vibration at Handles Fair
Router Table Suitability N/A
Noise Rating 95 dB (no load)

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Craftsman
Manufacturer's Web Site
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-697-3277
Opening at Base 2-1/2 in.
Built-in Dust Collection Dust Port: No
Horsepower 2 hp
Amps 12 amps
Watts N/A
Volts N/A
Speed N/A
Collet Size 1/4 in., 1/2 in.
Maximum Plunge/Height 2-1/4 in.
Tilting Base N/A
Special Features N/A
Product Warranty N/A

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