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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-04-2012, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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I know that everyone asks this daily but I'm new. If cost were no object, what is the best overall router table, fence, and above table lifter?

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Welcome Sam.

First, tell me what you want to do with it........[guess why there are so many makes and models of cars, trucks vans on the road. They all have a different purpose and personal preference].

There is no definitive answer.

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the one you build yourself - it will give you what you want, increase your skill set or convince you to take up needlepoint. ps: you can usually buy an acceptable unit for the cost of a build.
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Richard took the words out of my mouth.
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You guys are in cuckoo land.

There is no way someone in their home workshop can manufacture a router table top, fence, insert and lift to the same accuracy and precision that any renown supplier can provide.

If you want the best without the cost being an issue then that's the way to go.
End of story.

If someone asks me what is the best SUV on the market, I'm going to reply "Range Rover". I'm not going to advise them to start welding a chassis together in their workshop.

If your 'best' is something slapped together over the course of a weekend then good for you but I doubt that's what the OP had in mind.
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There is no one best router anything, usually. The more detailed your spec, the more specialized your use patterns, the more you understand why so many woodworkers own two, three or more routers. Manufacturers long ago gave up building ONE "best at everything" product. It's all slice-of-the-pie in just about every category. Some people are bargainhunters, some are tool collectors, some are carpenters doing very large projects, others are doing inlays on delicate projects. Most of the big brands offer several models. They pick segments of the market to address with each model. "One size fits all" doesn't apply.
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If you're not going to build your own table (which I must respectfully must disagree that cannot be done solidly and accurately), start with a cadillac like RT1000's version. He's been a member of the forum for a while and offers a great product.


Decide on what type of fence system you are going to want. 99% of the time it would be overkill, but if money is no object I would look at the incra LS positioner and wonderfence.

INCRA Precision Fence :: Router Table Fence :: LS Super System

For the lift, I can't comment as I don't use one, but pick a router first. Many now functions similarly to a lift.

There are many companies that sell router table tops and insert plates to match which make the build process pretty easy.

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Everyone has an opinion on this, but as someone with just a couple of years under his belt, I really love my Rockler table, top, FX lifter and fence. i also got the dust collection box underneath after trying to make a home built one work. I know many people prefer to make their own, but I still work as a consultant a lot so I want my free time spent on other things. If money were a concern, I might make one, but I have no regrets.

As to router, you have to have a lift that fits the model you buy. Triton seems to be very well liked, but for my work, I have a couple of Bosch 1617s, one dedicated to the table, the other for free hand use. I really like this 2.25 HP unit for balance and build. I guess it once had switch problems with dust, but that seems to be gone now.

Of course this is just an opinion. There are lots of folks who swear by (or swear at) Porter Cable, DeWalt, Makita and other brands, and honeltly, every one of our preferences is valid. Happy sawdust, er, Christmas.
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I gotta go with James here. After cost the deciding point is intended use. For ME and what I want out of it my Bosch 1617 is nearly perfect. YMMV. I don't see a PERSONAL need for a lift so I don't have one and probably won't (even if they were much cheaper)

Tables cater to various interests, too. Will you do a lot of molding on long pieces? Then you'll need large infeed and outfeed table space. Not so much for smaller projects. Do you need storage or is that a non issue? If not then some like the Kreg table. Generally best bang for buck recommendation has been the Grizzly. I had to build one to fit my table saw due to garage/shop space issues. Works fine for what "I" do. Again YMMV

As for fences. If I had the bucks and were to BUY one I'd go with one from Pat Warner.

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