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Thanks to this forum etc, I'm starting to figure out my game plan and would love feedback pro and con please:

the new larger Triton instead of a PC motor and lift.
Aluminum plate, quite possibly the Incra magnetic plate system pre drilled for the Triton
RX1000XE table/fence system from Canada (price for what you get sure seems like a great deal, especially when he has some of his specials)

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I would love to have the ability to roll the table around the shop, but when I was at Woodcrafters today, I noticed that the Kreg table, with casters, didn't seem to be too stable compared to the Pinnacle table or theJessem table that didn't have casters on them. Does anyone have this table with or without the casters? If so, what are your thoughts with either? How difficult will it be to make a vertical jig for this fence? It doesn't have a channel on the top of back of it like the extruded AL ones do, so will this be a hold back on anything?

I think I have posted my questions, but if some of you think I need to look at other options, please let me know why. Thanks.
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just unpacked my new Triton 3 1/4 hp router with above table crank... I'm leaning toward the woodpecker aluminum plate vs the Incra...
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I just bought triton with plate I could not find plate with thru hole for the micro adjust. I am resigned to drilling my plate. Good luck
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just unpacked my new Triton 3 1/4 hp router with above table crank... I'm leaning toward the woodpecker aluminum plate vs the Incra...
Take a close look at the rare earth magnet plate rings Incra uses. I find them a big plus. The magnets are even height adjustable to ensure the ring is perfectly flat with the plate.

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Just got my new StopSaw delivered and set up. Very tiring for me with my MS, but tomorrow or later today, I'll be squaring up some wood to play with. The guys who delivered it love the Incra plates and feel that is the best way to go. I will probably call Joe at the router table place and ask him to make one up with one handle for the bottom drawer and then see if he can pre drill the plate with the whole for the crank.

Still not sure on the wheels as I really want them but I worry about the stability still. I'm surprised that no one is trying to talk me out of the Triton and going with one of the lift systems. I just saw a digital system that MLCS is about to come out with, but I don't know how much I'd trust any or these things. I've been taught to just use my ruler and square for any cut I make in the shop.
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Just got my new StopSaw delivered and set up. Very tiring for me with my MS, but tomorrow or later today, I'll be squaring up some wood to play with. The guys who delivered it love the Incra plates and feel that is the best way to go. I will probably call Joe at the router table place and ask him to make one up with one handle for the bottom drawer and then see if he can pre drill the plate with the whole for the crank.

Still not sure on the wheels as I really want them but I worry about the stability still. I'm surprised that no one is trying to talk me out of the Triton and going with one of the lift systems. I just saw a digital system that MLCS is about to come out with, but I don't know how much I'd trust any or these things. I've been taught to just use my ruler and square for any cut I make in the shop.
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They're just different ways to go (Triton vs. lift), not that one is better for all people.

I've exchanged email with Mitch at MLCS about their soon-to-be-release John Nixon designed motorized lift and they're *hoping* to get it out late this summer so if you want to move forward before that you may want to consider something else, at least between now and then!

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My shop made table / storage unit is on wheels with locking casters. Its heavy and I only lock the wheels when routing large heavy pieces. Grizzly has very good locking casters for about 5 buck each.

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Peter... You mention a concern for stability with the table on casters. Here's a couple of thoughts that, depending on the type of instability you're talking about, may help...

If you're concerned about stability due to the legs splaying, a piece of plywood mounted on the bottom, between the legs will make it solid. The ply can be mounted to the legs, mounted between the wheels and the legs, or a stand-alone wheeled "cart" with wood brackets holding the legs from splaying may help. The plywood can also serve as a storage for a toolbox or hold a bag of sand for added stability.

I strongly recommend double-locking casters (where the lock prevents the pivoting of the wheels as well as their rolling). I've had good luck with the PeachTree casters shown below and linked (at about $15 each). They're mighty heavy-duty for this and just one example.

I like the 1351's, "C" in the picture.

Wheels and Casters - Peachtree Woodworking Supply, Inc.

As a reference, I use 4 of them for my 32"x50" RT cabinet which will weight 300 - 400 lbs when loaded with tools, but I've also used them on a 24"x24" drill press stand (~50# before tools) and they work well there too.
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Thanks guys. The casters would most probably be the ones that Joe puts on his table, but I will look at these other options too. I am now leaning towards a lift. Any idea how much that power lift will be? That just looks solid and like it would work very well. Played with a Bench Dog the other day and it just felt so solid. I liked it better than one built into the router I think.
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A number of us are wondering the same thing about the power lift, Peter... in fact there's been a short discussion about it in the "Tools & Woodworking" forum. Nixon's web site talks about it being comparable to other lifts. I'm guessing that means comparable to the higher priced ones.. I've heard speculation from $250 - $350, but we'll have to wait and see. I emailed MLCS on it and they said they're "hoping to get it out late this summer"...

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