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Good table but you may not be able to mount a non Craftsman router to the base. Make sure you check your router mounting pattern with the base before you go to the trouble of assembling the table.
I have used this table for a few projects and everything works well. I like the adjustability of the fence. I also really like the hook-up for attaching a shop vac to suck up the debris. Works very well. The safety is easy to use also which is great.
I had an old table that I threw out a couple of years ago and needed a new one. This table has so much more features that it is not even comparable to the old one!
This is my first router table, so I don't have a whole lot to compare it too. But for around $50, you'll never find another router table that even comes close to this one. What really drew me to this table was the fence. On other router tables I've looked at, the fence is in two pieces which I feel would make adjustments difficult. I like the fact this fence is one solid piece. The fence also slides out on the left side for jointing, and it has a dust collection port that really cuts down on the dust. The table includes a miter slot, which I haven't used yet and don't know when I will, but it's nice to have. I use this table with the craftsman 12 amp 2 hp router which is perfect because the table has a hole that lines up with the routers height adjustment, making above the table adjustments a little easier. The top of my table was also true and square. There are only two negatives, well maybe three, I can see. First off, the measurements on the table aren't inline with the fence and don't really make a whole of sense. Secondly, there's no plastic insert for the hole in the top, which can prevent problems for routing smaller items. Finally, the last (possible) negative, is the fact that the table surface is small. All in all, for $50 you can't beat this router table. I noticed that the next model up includes feather boards for 10 dollars more, which probably means they are phasing this model out, and for an extra 10 bucks the feather boards would be worth it.
The router table works as advertised. I have craftsman router model 17543 and it fits perfectly (as it should). Both the fixed and the plunge bases can be used to mount the router. Above-the-table height adjustment does not really works, but I wasn't surprised. This is not table, but rather issue with the fixed router base. I have solved the problem by adding a DIY router lift (using the plunge base from the router) without modifying the table and it works great.
For casual use novices, and you buy it on sale, you can't go wrong. I like the one main switch that controls router motor and vacuum at the same time. Yes it's small, light and cheap but again, depending on your use and needs, it fits some some people well.
Los Lunas, NM
Las Vegas, NV
I really wanted to rate this higher but can't. The nice things on this table include the power switch assembly and the ability to screw it to a bench and not just clamp it (I had another brand that was like that). I also like that the fence extends out a bit and can move forward for joining. Lastly for the good, the dust collection on this thing is a good size. My other table had a smaller collection port and was a pain, this thing is a good size thankfully. The box was in great shape but when I got everything out of the box, the table top was damaged from manufacturing/handling. The quality of the top (even though this is an economy-line model it should be somewhat high quality) was poor. The covering has chips in it and the holes for the screws look like a kangeroo drilled them. The routing job done on the bottom where the router base goes is so horribly out-of-round I ended up going over it with my own to make it flat, smooth, and round. The paint around the lip of the table is so thin it'll need another coat to prevent swelling. As far as manuals go, this one is not too bad, not too great. Some things are listed but never mentioned, and they don't give you that handy "tools needed" list. But that really isn't a big deal. The quality of the plastic pieces looks like the factory did not buff off the seams from where it was molded, leaving extremely sharp edges. I had to push a screw through with a block because the plastic was obstructing the whole. Also, the metal track for the miter gauge is starting to corrode already. I haven't tried to clean it yet, but it looks like its been outside for awhile. Overall, I understand I get what I paid for and this isn't going to be the highest quality product. But coming from Craftsman I expect just a bit more as far as quality goes. Because of the cost and what I'll be using it for, it was easier to complain and then fix the flaws myself instead of returning it, but even for a starter table, people deserve a bit better. I would suggest saving a few more dollars and upgrading to table that might have a bit more quality. You don't have to break the bank, but you get what you pay for so keep that in mind.
Bay City, OR
Chase City, VA
I had a 15 year old Craftsman Router and I finally decided I needed to mount it to a table. The online description said it had above the table height adjustment, but it did not say that only applied to a limited number of Craftsman routers, mine not being one of them. I was also disappointed that I had to go to the local hardware store to get new mounting bolts, because the ones that came with the table were too long for my router. I could understand the incompatibility if my router was not a Craftsman model but I would have expected a better match of Craftsman products. Anyway, it works fine.
even though it's an economical table, it should offer a possibility for placing throat plates of different diameters; the hole it has is too large when using thin bits
I bought the router table from my local Sears. This was the usual experience at that store, searching for somebody to answer a question, and after going way too long without any help, I used my i Phone to go online and get an answer to my question. I picked the best box that I could find, being that they were all opened, I wanted to make sure everything was there. After going through 4 different boxes to find the manual, and coming up empty handed, I went to check out. Knowing that I could get the manual online, I felt fairly comfortable that all the parts were there, but I was sadly mistaken. The small bolts that connect the router to the table were missing, and once out of the plastic, it had obviously been used, covered with sawdust. I put it all together, ran to the local hardware store to find the bolts, and got to work. I have to say, once working with this table, it was definitely worth going through all that! It is easy to assemble, and works flawlessly! The cuts that I had to make needed to be very precise, and I was worried about how accurate the measurements on the table were, but when it was all said and done, they were right on the money, and my project turned out great! This is a great product, and I would definitely recommend it to anybody from a beginner on up!
I bought this product knowing little to nothing about using it and based my decision mostly off other reviews, and I am happy to report it is just about what I expected. As a starter table, I guess it can do the trick and while I am still VERY inexperienced, I can say confidently that this neither the best nor the worst table. The biggest problem I can see so far is with the fence. It seems that the 2 sides aren't completely level to each other because as I feed my boards through my router, no matter how well I keep it against the fence on the starting side, when it makes contact with the other side of the fence, it seems to be pushed outward toward me by 1/16 or 1/8 inch... which causes some disappointing results. However, I've not given up on it. There are a number of things I can try that may fix that issue. Adjusting each side of the fence separately is tedious (as others said) but as a beginner, I don't really know any different. The table itself seems pretty solid and the power strip makes turning the router on and off a breeze. I would recommend this to anyone getting started that doesn't want too high of an up front investment.
I bought the router table to make a replacement door for a Hoosier Cabinet. It allowed me to make the craftsman style panel door with tongue and goove joints. it was very easy to adjust and the joints turned out great. It does need something to tell you about adjusting the depth of cut and that you should have an allen wrench.
Olmsted Falls, OH
I purchased this after fussing over weather to make my own table or purchase this one. Buying this one won out and was well worth it. This is their lowest-line table and I have found no problems with it, pending on what you are looking for. I suggest getting this on sale, because $70 is a little high. However, It is sturdy and the adjustments are all spot-on. Worth the investment.
This is a great little table. It's well worth the price and a good choice for beginners or a pro who's short on funds. The access holes for your router's height adjustment are great, and there are all kinds of ways you can configure the guards. DOWNSIDES: The only downsides are 1) Plastic parts. Not thick ABS plastic but thin cheapo plastic. Mine arrived with some busted parts at first. 2) It's small. No worries for doing small parts, but if you plan on running any long boards through, be aware that it'll probably shift a little.
I bought a Craftsman router which worksr great!!!! The table on the other hand is very unstable. Although I only used it for about 2 months, I noticed that the guide comes out of allignment really easyily... This router table could have been made better.
I could do without a router table?? NOT!!! Have used this very inexpensive table for so many projects I could not have done without it. THANKS to a GREAT SALE that got me interested in it and the saleman at SEARS that told me about his personal uses of it!! If you have a router you need this table or some other more expensive table!!
I bought this because I needed a basic router table. I did not have the money to purchase a higher priced one nor did I have the time to build my own. Looking back I would have saved up a little more money and went with a better quality. The biggest feature I don't like is the guard fence. It is cheaply built and is difficult to get level. I end up using my own guide in place of it clamped down by 2 c-clamps. What I do like about it is the laminant on the table and how easy the wood slides over it and through the router bit. Bottom line on this is if you need a basic router table that you are looking to use for basic things then this is the table to go with based on price, but if you are looking for more precise and accurate cuts then save up more to get a better quality table.
I bought this because I needed a basic router table. I did not have the money to purchase a higher priced one nor did I have the time to build my own. Looking back I would have saved up a little more money and went with a better quality. The biggest feature I don't like is the guard fence. It is cheaply built and is difficult to get level. I end up using my own guide in place of it clamped down by 2 c-clamps. What I do like about it is the laminant on the table and how easy the wood slides over it and through the router bit.
Bottom line on this is if you need a basic router table that you are looking to use for basic things then this is the table to go with based on price, but if you are looking for more precise and accurate cuts then save up more to get a better quality table.