Router table vs Shaper
Hello, I have just joined the Router Forums after surfing the web. I have been doning various woodworking/building for numerous years but I have decided to start doing more finishing work. In the past I have made my own cainet boxes and bought my doors and panels. I would like to start doing the entire project (mostly building cabinets, entertainment centers, book shevles, etc).
My problem: A shaper or router? A few questions are:
What is the difference in power between shapers and routers? A 3 1/4 HP router is = to what hp shaper?
It seem that a router table set-up with router, fence, and table top is just as expensive as a shaper. You can read up on reviews, but everyone has their own opinion. What is the least expensive setup that preforms quality work?