another kit or a dedicated table router?
I'm putting the finishing touches on my version of the 'Norm' router table. For the past few years I've been very happy with my plain jane 1 3/4 PC router (690 series off the top of my head I think). I bought it as a kit that came with fixed/plunge/and D-handle after a mail in rebate. It's an oldy but goody- not a lot of the newer bells and whistles like through the table adjustments, micro adjustments, lighted base, dust collection, etc. A month after I bought the kit, Ridgid released their 2 1/4 kit and I've been jealous ever since.
I'm using some bigger bits, and with the nice router table setup, I want to be able to fine tune bit height through the table, and I want a little more power for panel bits, molding bits, etc. Plus, just having another router would be nice as I often find myself switching back and forth between the table and handheld, and back and forth between setups.
So do I get a dedicated 3HP router for the table (and if so, which one?) or do I go with one of the 2 1/4 kits. I'm looking at a Freud kit that also comes with an aluminum base plate for about $250, the Ridgid kit as well, vs. a very similar craftsman 2 1/4 kit. There's also the PC 890 series kits. I like the "bang for the buck" by getting another kit, but maybe that's not what I need.
Last edited by rprice54; 07-14-2009 at 10:18 PM.