Ok I know there are no "stupid questions" only "stupid " answers, but this may fall into both categories!
I know that for those folks who want to primarily do table routing, that by the time you buy the router $200-$350, buy the table $200- $500, buy the table stand $200- $300, you may have invested around $1000 bucks. Been there done that.
My "stupid" question is: Why not just get the Grizzly 3hp shaper at $900 -950 and a collet for router bits at $50?
The hidden advantage is shhhh...it's also a shaper....!
So, you are already down that road for free! I bought mine a while back and it comes with the fence, table, guard, miter gage, runs on 220v, and comes with 1/2" 3/4" and 1" arbors and it will never be underpowered! The main objection I can see is that the shapers maximum speed is 10,000 RPM. This may not work well for small diameter cutters. I don't know? But it will be Ok for the 3" ones. Ok, I know you can't hand hold it, but if it's holding hands you like, there are web sites for that stuff too.
This will probably open a new can of worms, but it hit me like a shot last night, and I thought I'd throw it out there/here. I haven't used mine in this manner, yet so I may be in for some surprises!
Added to this post later today, to clarify the question:
I'm looking for a discussion on the merits of the shaper using router bits in the optional collet vs the same operations on the router table with all other factors, especially cost being the same. High end router tableset up vs medium cost shaper from Grizzly, same cost approximately. Has anyone got experience using a shaper in this manner? Please advise. Thanks. Bill