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I am looking to replace my really old(read dad gave me 20 yrs ago) craftsmen router. At the same time I am also looking at getting a small benchtop router table. So far I have looked at home deport, lowes and sears. it seems a lot of the models in my price range have comparable features. I am looking at spending less than 200 total for both the router and table. I was leaning towards the Ryobi Intermediate table for 99 and the Ryobi 1.5hp fixed base router for 59. Does anyone know comparable models or a better model for similar or even slightly more money?
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Hi Danny. Welcome to our little corner of the 'net.

Several members here have purchased this Craftsman Router and are quite pleased with it. It will serve just about all your routing needs. Plus, with the 2 bases, you can leave one in the table and just remove the motor and put it in the other base when you require free hand routing.

As for the table, build your own. Or, check at Oak Park (the sponsors of this site) Their router tables and accessories are good to go, right out of the box.

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I am looking to replace my really old(read dad gave me 20 yrs ago) craftsmen router. At the same time I am also looking at getting a small benchtop router table. So far I have looked at home deport, lowes and sears. it seems a lot of the models in my price range have comparable features. I am looking at spending less than 200 total for both the router and table. I was leaning towards the Ryobi Intermediate table for 99 and the Ryobi 1.5hp fixed base router for 59. Does anyone know comparable models or a better model for similar or even slightly more money?
Hi. Regarding your upcoming choice of a routing system, can I offer this? I recommend that you find a way to go beyond 'price range', and seek the best long term solutions for your future needs. I own two Craftsman routers, and while they performed nobly for twenty-five years, with gentle use, they never seemed to be satisfying in my hands. There are so many gizmos, fancy labels, and irrational product claims attached to middle of the road machines, obviously because they have to compete with a universe of similar quality levels. The accessories tend to be wobbly and clumsy to use, and although you can produce marginally good results, you are normally compensating for a host of design and manufacture shortcomings.
I decided some time ago that I would view my woodworking tool purchases the same way that I have for my Heavy Duty Mechanical trade begun in 1977.
From day one, I bought only the finest I could find, regularly, paycheck after paycheck, bit by bit, until I now lack for nothing and want for nothing. This has meant going without many comforts, that, while momentarily pleasing, don't carry long-term use and practicality. But, in the woodworking field, I would find a way to justify low-budget tools and machines, believing fully that good wood craftsmanship was beyond my calling. This is no longer the way I operate.
While it bears saying that some of the world's most enduring and beautiful wood creations have come from some of the humblest assortments of simple tools, this is outside of normal woodworking. In truth, most of us create the things we do to satisfy the needs of our families, and would like to challenge ourselves constantly to produce items we are not ashamed of. And, as time and mistakes blur behind us, we gradually take hold of techniques and skills that make our efforts less frustrating and more gratifying.
I bought a Milwaukee 5625-20 because it has power to calmly do some tough cuts. I buy Freud, Bosch, and Lee Valley bits. I chose a Freud router table that stands as high as a kitchen counter, because affording the Incra combo for router and table saw will require me to sell a kidney, which, by the way, I am considering. I have great respect for those who craft their own router table systems, weeks and even months will pass as they struggle to put their prideful stamp on a great creation. This is outside of the time scope I have available to me right now.
Just find a way to buy the best possible tools in any area of your life, use them within their design and performance boundaries, clean them faithfully before you consider a project finished, download the manuals to your computer in case you misplace your paper version, and never, ever, view life lightly to the point where you will place any part of your body, (kidney included) in harm's way. Best of luck in your research
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Greetings Danny, thank you for joining us on this forum, you are most welcome here and a Happy New Year to you and yours.

I purchased the 2HP Sears combo just before Christmas for 80.00, normal price 120.00. I also have the Ridgid combo, one of the only persons on the forum that has a Ridgid. I am satisfied with both. So far both have performed up to and beyond my expectationsí. I did build my own router table and learned a lot doing so. A lot of what Art says has good merit, however for me getting the best is outside my discretionary funds, at least if want to ever build anything. Do your homework and then get the best you can afford, begin learning, find out what you want to do in the long term and then you can upgrade to a different machine and use the old one for a back up or whatever. I know several fellas that own six or more routers acquired over time and use them all. Another suggestion is Craig's List; you can find some good buys there if you are both patient and diligent. I would recomend you try to get a router with no less than 2HP and avoid a metal router table, this is just my opinion, and tomorrow it could be different. Enjoy woodworking and don't let anyone steal your joy.

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I am looking to replace my really old(read dad gave me 20 yrs ago) craftsmen router. At the same time I am also looking at getting a small benchtop router table. So far I have looked at home deport, lowes and sears. it seems a lot of the models in my price range have comparable features. I am looking at spending less than 200 total for both the router and table. I was leaning towards the Ryobi Intermediate table for 99 and the Ryobi 1.5hp fixed base router for 59. Does anyone know comparable models or a better model for similar or even slightly more money?
Welcome to the forum Danny when you do make that purchase be sure it can be fitted with template guides to Grt More From Your Router.
If you are into routing you may be interested in the videos I have submitted on You Tube
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Art,
that was a great and thoughtful response. After many years of buying my tools, I can only agree with you hardily. Quality first!
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I bought 2 of them I belive they were $99.00 for the table and router I use them in the table for dove tales and pin's That what i us them for I have 4 other routers that i use for other things Not a bad price and they work for what i got them for I belive if i were doing 2" or 3" wing bit's they mite be to small for production work Other router's out their but more money

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Thanks all for the great info. Art I would love to wait and buy something better unfortunately I am mid project and if I do not finish my mother in laws kitchen by the time she returns from down south she will be living with ME! I am leaning towards the Craftsmen as my current router although on its last legs has served me well over the years. I will let everyone know what I decide and post a quick review
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