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Question Comparing 3 router tables

I have been reading the posts people have written about router tables. All were interesting and informative, but I would like to narrow it down for some comments and advice. I have about 5 routers or various brands, sizes, types, and ages. I have an old Sears Craftsman table, which will hold a router in place and that's about it. In all my research, I have narrowed my choices of a compete router table system to three. These are complete systems and not buying individual parts.

The three I have selected are the Woodpecker PRP-2, Infinity RTP-103 with a 3-1/4 HP Triton router, and the Jessum Rout-R-Lift II (either the Mast-R-Lift II Complete Table System or the Mast-R-Lift Excel II Table System). I would like to hear the pros and cons on each one. It seems that considering the overall price, there is not a great deal of difference in the costs. I have never had anything from Infinity or Jessum and everything I have from Woodpecker has been the best.

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anything from Jessem is top shelf and their CS/TS are next level outstanding...

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Router lifts are more accurate than through the base router adjustment, so I recommend either of the lifts, but some users donít feel a need for the accuracy of the lift and are happy using through the base adjustment of their triton routers.

Donít have any experience with the woodpecker lift, although I appreciate the quality of their other products. I have the master lift II and couldnít be happier.


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Most of us have built our own both for cost reasons and to have the features that we feel are important to each of us. For example, all my recent tables have the router set closer to one side and I have it so that I can work from both sides with the router close to me for small pieces and farther away when I'm doing panels and need more support.

The Triton is an excellent table router that gets consistently high marks from its users. It has above the table adjustment capability as do many others these days. I use a Hitachi M12V2 and it has it also. The main difference between using one of those and a lift with router motor only is that you don't have to reach under the table to lock the router in position. Lifts are supposed to have a built in lock but there have been a few complaints about one or more creeping after being set. I just can't remember which ones.
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Exactly. Then you get the table you want, and not one someone else thinks you want.

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I have the Woodpecker table and lift and like it. However I think if you buy anything on your list you will be happy. IMO they are all top shelf.

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I've become a fan of the Incra positioner & fence, and after going through a few tables--wish i'd started with their table and fence set-up. With or without their fence set-up, Incra does a version of both the Jessem Mast-R-Lift (I have) and Woodpecker's PRL-V2 configured to accept their Magna-Lock rings. Quick change, and I especially appreciate the clean-sweep version of the rings as they really help with dust collection. Having used trim rings with little screws to change diameters, then twist-lock, the Magna-lock set-up is a great addition (as is the lift--even though I resisted spending the money for a lot of years...wish i'd done it sooner.) I've not used the Woodpeckers, but the Mast-R-Lift is excellent in both accuracy and ease of use for me.

As for the Incra positioner and fence--the biggest complaint I read from others is the footprint as the positioner extends off the back of the table. I use a 17" on one table and a 25" on another, and when they are extended the rail does stick out. That said, the vast majority of the time i'm using less than 4 or 5 inches of travel, but when I do need to go farther I just roll the table out a bit and have plenty of room. Working in one stall of a garage--space is tight but I don't find the fence extension to be an issue unless I need to use more than normal, and then it's worth every bit of the space issue!!

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Most of us have built our own both for cost reasons and to have the features that we feel are important to each of us. For example, all my recent tables have the router set closer to one side and I have it so that I can work from both sides with the router close to me for small pieces and farther away when I'm doing panels and need more support.

The Triton is an excellent table router that gets consistently high marks from its users. It has above the table adjustment capability as do many others these days. I use a Hitachi M12V2 and it has it also. The main difference between using one of those and a lift with router motor only is that you don't have to reach under the table to lock the router in position. Lifts are supposed to have a built in lock but there have been a few complaints about one or more creeping after being set. I just can't remember which ones.
The Woodpecker lift has a lock.

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Read this before you buy.
http://www.routerforums.com/table-mo...ter-table.html

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The jessem lift has a lock as well. I have a Rockler lift that doesnít have a lock, but there is an one-time adjustment you can make to keep it from creeping.


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