Craftsman 1 1/2 hp Router 17504

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  • A Great General Purpose Router!

    Sep 28, 2000 by shoehorny is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Home and Garden
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy to use, loaded with extras
    Cons: Not as powerful as some of the competitors' routers

    Summary: Review of Craftsman Router (September 28, 2000) I bought this router several years ago, right after Christmas. Sears was having a big "after the holiday" sale, and at the $59 sales price, it was priced right. Once again, I am not ... read more

  • A balanced review of an inexpensive router.

    Aug 1, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Simple, inexpensive, easy to use. An excellent second router for light duty table use.
    Cons: Not a precision tool in settings or depth adjustment. Be prepared to allow for weaknesses.

    Summary: I paid $15 for this router on eBay (used), so with $5 shipping, I have a massive investment of $20 into it. I've read all of the reviews of this router before writing this one, and I think I can give it a fair shake while ADDING to the discussion--not ... read more

  • Excellent first router

    Jan 16, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy to use, powerful enough for most hobby carpenter work.
    Cons: Depth adjustment is a little awkward, especially when mounted under a table.

    Summary: About four years ago I decided I needed a router. Sears was having a sale, so off I went planning to spend about $95 for one. At the store, the salesman (yes, it actually was a male) pointed me to a router/table combination that they had on sale for, ... read more

  • Junk meets sledge hammer

    Jun 12, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Low prices, Has power cord.
    Cons: Poor design, bogs down under light loads, motor loosens in base with vibration.

    Summary: I bought this piece of junk when I was ignorant when it came to power tools. I spent 4 days making a 2" thick maple countertop, it had over 50 glue joints and was drum sanded. The only thing left to do was to put a 3/4" radius on the edges and I would be ... read more

  • To buy it,is to love it!

    Jan 2, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Inexpensive, Easy to use
    Cons: None

    Summary: I dabble in wood working now and then and decided I needed a router. I looked at a few stores that sold routers but have always had a soft spot in my heart for Craftsman products due to my experiences with the hand tools that Sears sells. One day, just ... read more

  • Junk, Junk, and More Junk

    Sep 25, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Price, Case, Integral Work Light
    Cons: Cheap Junk!

    Summary: Chalk this one up to life's lessons learned. I purchased this router with no research, and I just needed something to do a couple of quick cuts. I have been very displeased with the quality of this product. The depth of cut wanders all ... read more

  • You definatly can't use a router if you hate this!!!

    Jun 18, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Economical, powerful, user friendly
    Cons: to much fun to carve up signs!!!

    Summary: I bought my Craftsman 1.5 horsepower router on auction with a router table deal that was brand new never opened. It had a receipt dating a month old. I paid 60 bucks. this is the best little router out there for the money!!! It has plenty of power, easy ... read more

  • For the Craftsman on a budget

    Apr 7, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great tool for the money
    Cons: Depth adjustment lock sticks some times

    Summary: The Craftsman router model# 315.174710 is one of the best routers out there for the money. It's 1 1/2 horse power motor has plenty of power for routing hard and soft woods. The two handles with it's built in power switch and the 6" ... read more

  • Versatile, Handy, and Reliable

    Apr 4, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Uncomplicated, Well-Made, and Reliable
    Cons: None Noted

    Summary: I was lucky enough to get both the router and the router table for Christmas, and after a few months of use, I have been highly impressed with all of the things I've been able to to with this, from making plaques to trimming laminate to engraving wood ... read more

  • Good first time router

    Mar 22, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Good price
    Cons: Only one speed

    Summary: This is a good router that does not cost very much. I got it on sale in a deal that come with a router table for only 89.99. It is durable and has a handy light on it that makes free hand cutting very easy. The bit changeing is relatively easy and there ... read more

  • Best Little Router In The Mid west

    Feb 29, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: inexpensive, easy to handle
    Cons: noisy

    Summary: I purchased this router 20 years ago. I have always wanted one since High school. I really didn't need one I just wanted one. The price was under 100$ so I purchased it. I have never had to take it in to be worked on. It has a light on it so ... read more

  • Works for me

    Feb 7, 2000 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: Cost
    Cons: Mild vibration over long use

    Summary: I received this 1 1/2 HP Craftsman router as a Christmas present from my father-in-law, who did a lot of time in construction. I used this router to cut over 1000 linear feet of wood for my exterior window frames. I used Craftsman carbide router bits ... read more

  • The wood workers helper

    Feb 4, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: easy to use, easy to adjust, great saftey features
    Cons: cost of router bits

    Summary: I have always liked to engage in wood working projects. While stationed in the military I got involved in a arts and crafts center and took wood working classes and liked to create items made out of different types of wood. My favorite class was the ... read more

  • Buyer Beware !!

    Jan 29, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: cheap price
    Cons: Poor quality equipment

    Summary: I really love woodworking and have tried to update and upgrade when possible. I purchased the Craftsman router to upgrade from a smaller Black and Decker as my skills increased. I liked it the first couple of times that I used it on some smaller projects ... read more

  • Craftsman Fails Again

    Jan 26, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Cheap
    Cons: Poor Results, Ease of Use

    Summary: This is another power tool from Craftsman which does not perform up to its name. The only thing I would purchase from Craftsman is their hand tools that have a lifetime, no questions asked return policy. I have owned 2 palm finish sanders, a belt ... read more

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  • A Throw-away Tool

    Oct 16, 2005 by
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    Pros: cheap
    Cons: cheap

    Summary: I received the router as a present. It was good for one use as the bit could not be removed due to a faulty release mechanism. And Sears response was: Tough! I have never bought Craftsman before, I never had a reason not to, just happened that way. ... read more

  • Junk even sears says so

    Jan 14, 2004 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Cheap, light
    Cons: Cheap, poor quality

    Summary: Mine broke in less then two years of light use. When I ask sears repair center what I could with it, they said through it in the trash. It is not worth fixing. find a different router. Pass this one ... read more

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