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Default Bench Dog Cast-Iron vs Sommerfeld.

I am in the market for a router table and fence. Not wanting to make my own and not wanting to buy something only to want to upgrade it I am looking at the Bench Dog Cast-Iron top and fence and the Sommerfeld top and fence. I will be using a Triton router. Thought I ask the group for some feedback before I pull the trigger on one.
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The Sommerfeld top comes pre-drilled for the Triton router. It is a good sized table.

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Get the cast iron bench dog! I bought the $1400 package deal from Sommerfeld last spring. The quality control on the extrusions, forming the table, was horrible. The edges of the extrusions are less than 90 degrees so that when you bolt them together, the three pieces form an arc. I was told I could send it back to them, at my expense, and they would judge whether it was workable or not. For $1400 of my money it needs to be right, not jerry rigged! In less than a week I decided to take advantage of thier 100% money back guarentee and send every thing back. I did get a refund for it all less shipping costs. It was a terribly dissappointing experience. My understanding is that the extrusions are now coming from China and not ALCOA as once advertised.

I'm now looking at a woodpecker PRL2 and the cast iron bench dog.
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Hi Matt

Don't give up on the sommerfeld router table, I'm not a big fan of the new one but the older model is great, I and other members have one
see a post by Ladd to see a review on one or two of them..

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Get the cast iron bench dog! I bought the $1400 package deal from Sommerfeld last spring. The quality control on the extrusions, forming the table, was horrible. The edges of the extrusions are less than 90 degrees so that when you bolt them together, the three pieces form an arc. I was told I could send it back to them, at my expense, and they would judge whether it was workable or not. For $1400 of my money it needs to be right, not jerry rigged! In less than a week I decided to take advantage of thier 100% money back guarentee and send every thing back. I did get a refund for it all less shipping costs. It was a terribly dissappointing experience. My understanding is that the extrusions are now coming from China and not ALCOA as once advertised.

I'm now looking at a woodpecker PRL2 and the cast iron bench dog.



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Thanks for the warm welcome guys. I'm sorry I didn't have a more positive post to put up but I felt like I had to share my experience before someone else wasted a bunch of money. As I alluded to earlier I really liked the system when watching the videos and reading up on it but the QC just wasn't acceptable. I would consider buying their package deal again, but only at a show where I can assemble the table and verify its flatness out in the parking lot before leaving.
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Well the new one is for sale not the old one....glad you like it though ...dosnt do my much good on a decision though......grinz
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Well the new one is for sale not the old one....glad you like it though ...dosnt do my much good on a decision though......grinz
You can check out the old table Sommerfeld used to carry before the extruded aluminum table. It was actually made by CMT. I have two & they are pretty good. I bought just the tables & fence, not the cabinet. You can find it on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/CMT-999-500-02.../dp/b000q930DO

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Just came back from the Fredericksburg, VA woodworking show. Sommerfeld says they have addressed the QC problem with their extrusions. The new extrusions are supposedly from a company near Chicago and have the edges ground so that they form a perfect 90 degree angle. The router tables they had on display looked to be good. I was told the new tables are now silver in color.
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I was considering the unit sold at Peachtree. It was large and seemed to be sold for a fair price.

Can't go wrong with the PRL V2.

Just make sure you get a table with the same size plate opening. Also make sure it isn't some Mickey Mouse attachment system for the plate.

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