You knew it was coming. With all the digital readouts being sold on the market, it was only a matter of time before somebody slapped one an a router. Now Craftsman’s digital plunge router comes with an on-board digital display for setting cut depth.
The display reads in increments of 1/64″ and you control it via three buttons: the on/off/zero button, the in/mm button, and the light button. You use the display to zero the bit and dial in the cut depth anywhere between 0 and 2″ with the depth stop knob. After locking in the depth knob, the tool works just like any other plunge router.
The router uses a variable-speed 10A motor to deliver 2hp to the bit. You adjust the no-load motor speed between 15,000 and 25,000RPM with a dial labeled A though F, so you’ll probably have to look up the letter to speed conversion every time you set it. A dust sleeve surrounds the bit so you can remove the dust with a shop-vac.
The router comes with 1/4″ and 1/2″ collets, wrench, dust shield, and vacuum attachment. Pricing starts around $150 before tax and shipping.