Randy, the best router and table are the ones you are comfortable with. Here is a big secret that companies do not want you to know: They all work! From a $60 Skil to an $850 Festool all have one thing in common; they all spin the bits. If you are just starting out the 1-1/2 hp Craftsman combo kit is a real value at about $100. This gives you a fixed base for table mounting and a plunge base for free hand work. Read the sticky thread at the top of the table mounted routing section for instructions on how to build a very useful table top. This will get you started. If you are like most of us you will end up with more than one router; BJ owns enough to start his own store!
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