I’ve been wanting a heavy duty router for a while. I have a Ryobi router that I received for Christmas a few ago. It came with a router table that has proven to be extremely useful. I honestly have no complaints about the router I have but I still wanted to upgrade.
I specifically wanted a plunge router, and I figured since I was going to use it a lot I would pony up and get a heavy duty router that will do everything I can think of. In comes the Craftsman Professional 14-amp Fixed/Plunge Base Router. This guy has all the power I need, with the features to open up a new realm of options. Also having two routers just makes life easier in the shop. Now I can leave my 9-amp Ryobi permanently mounted in its table.
There have been many times in my life with only one router that I would put off using it either because I didn’t want to put in into the table or I didn’t want to take it out of the table. Now I don’t have to worry about it. Perhaps one day I’ll need to put the Craftsman into the table for some big job (since it takes 1/2″ bits), and that’ll be a pain. But who knows maybe at that point I’ll want an even bigger router to permanently mount in a custom made router table.