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Happy New Year to all. I'm thinking of upgrading to a decent table setup from the hand me down Skil plastic portable (ugh!) I was given by a friend. Who has used the Rockler table/basic fence/plate setup? They do have 10 % off through the end of the month and it seems like a good buy (FWIW, I would be upgrading to a new router as well, probably in the 1 3/4 to 2 1/2 hp range) Pros and cons?.
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Hi Joe,

I can't give any pro's or con's about Rocklers tables. I will suggest that, if you're going to go the table "route", look into the 2hp-3hp range. You never know what's in store for the future.

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Happy New Year horn man,
I have the Rockler top, fence and aluminum plate. I built a base cabinet for the top myself out of MDF. Also, if you have not looked in the outlet section of Rockler's web sit, the basic fence is on clearance for $29.55 right now. So far I am pleased with the top and fence. The top is flat and everything is square. Originally I purchased the aluminum plate (and was pleased with that also) but have sense upgraded the plate to a router lift. The only problem I had, and it was easy to overcome, was the tables router plate size. Rockler uses a 8.25x11.75 plate. This is perfectly adequate but when I went to a lift, the one that fit my router has a plate size of 9.25x11.75. More lifts are in this size or larger it seems than the Rockler size. When I got the lift I just opened the plate area an extra 1 and everything worked. The other item that I would have preferred was a T slot miter track. The one in the top is a standard 3/4 slot but does not have the T slot in it. Perfectly usable, but I prefer a T slot track. The fence works very well and I have had no problems. I'm sure there are better fences out there but this one works well for me and I like it. I would suggest that when you upgrade the router, go to at least a 2.5 hp. with variable speed. The table will allow you to do more with larger bits and you will want to eventually use the bigger bits.
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Thanks for the heads up on the clearance price on the Rockler table. Checking that today, I noticed in the package deal it seems to suggest that that the basic fence has been upgraded (hence the clearance price on the original one). Unless I missed something, what is the upgrade?
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The upgrade looks to be a T track on the top of the Fence. There is a retro fit for the original fence, but if you want the top mounted T, then it would save $ to get the package deal.
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