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I am wanting to add a router table to my Sawstop. I have looked at the cast iron Benchdog. At the same time, I would be needing a router and table insert for it. I am looking at the Triton and Porter Cable routers. I would like to hear some thoughts on this please as it is a big investment for me.

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Marc; there's a ton of comments through various threads here with the pros and cons of mtg. a router on the TS. A LOT of pretty strong opinions....personally I wouldn't do it on mine as I know how I work. It'd make me crazy to have the router all set up, then have to lose all the settings because I needed to crosscut a longish piece of plywood (over 12" wide, other wise I'd just use the SCMS for length).
I just know I'd hate having the TS deck tied up like that...also, I tend to pile material to the right of my fence, when I'm cutting. Just my own opinion.
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I am wanting to add a router table to my Sawstop. I have looked at the cast iron Benchdog. At the same time, I would be needing a router and table insert for it. I am looking at the Triton and Porter Cable routers. I would like to hear some thoughts on this please as it is a big investment for me.

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at some point in time you will find that the insert does.'t work out all that well...
it will become a real pain to use the TS and Routers at the same time...
down right inconvenient at best...
spend a lot less and get yourself a good lift and go with an independent router table
I like JessEm...
all North American made...

http://jessem.com/

Skip the new generation porter cables...
post #25...

http://www.routerforums.com/table-mo...ment-more.html

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One other thing, Marc; guys that have done the TS/router thing have suggested that it's a really good idea to have legs supporting the outboard end of the table, especially if you add any weight to that side. If it should tip for any reason, it could get expensive in a big hurry.
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I am doing both a dedicated folding router table and also one in my table saws extention as I had an extra router lying around .
Here are some of my attempts as this may give you some ideas . I hate seeing my table saws extention having all that real estate and not serving a function , so I kind of wanted to put my Porter cable 690 in there .

http://www.routerforums.com/table-mo...tion-part.html

http://www.routerforums.com/table-mo...e-problem.html

One of our senior members here had a great idea . Make the Incra fence easily removable with a secondary plate so you can free up your saw quickly .this is the route I was going to take


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One of our senior members here had a great idea . Make the Incra fence easily removable with a secondary plate so you can free up your saw quickly .this is the route I was going to take
Hey, I resemble that remark.


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I chose to go with a separate table because I have never found that dual function was a great idea with anything...tool or otherwise. If you want a table mounted router, go with the Triton TRA001. Its power and above table adjustment capability are terrific features, and it doesn't cost very much more than a Bosch or PC. Tables aren't that complicated to make so all you need is a mounting insert, which you can purchase from many sources. I have a Rockler table so I used their insert. I also agree that it would be annoying to have to break down the router setup to make a mid-project cut. And with my shop, it isn't really physically workable to use the right side of the saw for routing since that's the side that's up against a wall. Putting the router on the left side brings on all the problems mentioned.
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There is the option of having two separate Incra LS systems on the TS, one for the TS fence and one for the router. Then you don't tie up the TS when using the router. However, if you have the room, in the long run a separate router table would be the best way to go in my opinion from my personal experience. I like my set up with the the two LS systems on the TS and it works fine, but I were working with material on a regular basis that was over about 30" in length I'd have to make some changes. I could re-position the rails for thd LS set up to get up to about 40 inches of work space to the right of the TS blade but I seldom need that much space due to the work that I do.

It's one of those things that you have to take several issues into consideration, space, cost, personal preference etc. You have already got a lot of money into the TS. Let us know know what you finally decide to do.

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Marc it is kind of like the people that have Shopsmiths the 5 in 1 tools you have to plan out your work if it is your only router table setup. I find that I do all of my cutting then all of my routing then all of my sanding then all of my assembly then all of my finishing. I learned this method from working an environment that needed high production (Not woodworking by the way). I have applied that to my woodworking hobby and in my professional life as a carpenter and it has always worked out great for me. If you don't like to plan everything out then make sure you go with separate table. There is no one correct solution, only the one that works for you.

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I have a router mounted in one of my cabinet saws. You can't beat the mass of the saw for damping vibrations and having a good fence right there is handy. If I need to cut something I use my other saw. I sold my third saw as I didn't need it.
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