HI- great forum, great posts. I have 2 router tables for my table saw. I have 3-4 old craftsman routers and a new plunge router I got for 14$ about a month ago at sears. It had no collets but I have them-in fact it was just the motor and mount- but for 14$ I didn't care. Somey years ago I got this craftsman aluminum table saw router table insert- 171253510. its holes are drilled for craftsman routers---but an adapter is made for others. Turns out the adapter is a piece flexible plastic- It has predrilled holes for the table- and you drill the holes for your router- then mount it. I didn't trust it being plastic so I made an adapter for my bosch 3/16 aluminum plate. It seems to make a decent table- but its only about 24" to fit many table saws, mine is 27" so I had to buy some aluminum square stock to fill in the edges. The photo (online) of this is--http://www.searspartsdirect.com/model-number/171253510/0247/0744260.html and you can see the aluminum spacers on the edges.
I bought a year or 2 ago- a rockler lift (it was on craiglist for 40$) and bench dog cast iron table saw insert. This thing weighs about 100lbs- its very heavy. The item # is 40-102 its expensive- but the rockler lift fits it perfectly. I currently have the sears mounted in my table saw.
My question is- what side of the table saw insert would the fence go? I put it on the outside- to the right of the bit- does it even matter? All the pics I see its on the left of the bit.
I am thinking of buying a dedicated 3hp plus motor- to put in the rockler lift- and either making a dedicated router table- or exchanging it with sears in table saw.
What if any advantages are there for having the router table mounted in the table saw? Other than space saving in the shop, and maybe having additional space on the saw for large pieces- I can think of none. However with the bench dog the weight is a big advantage since it stablizes the saw.
Also, is there any advantage to buying one of these big motors (3.25hp) over a bosch, makita or dewalt 2-2.5hp range? I did learn about buying cheap bits- now I only buy whiteside, cmt, amana, and others in that league. No more cheapies. Carbide isn't carbide- there is a difference. Thank you!