Since this is my first post on the forum let me introduce myself
My name is Gerry... I work at the main University wood shop here in Ontario, Canada.
I repair, replace, refinish, and rebuild all the stuff those crazy little students bust whilst "sowing their oats"... and sometimes.... its more than a full time job...lol
I want to apologize since I have been browsing this forum quite a bit and I am running dangerously close to a repost of another topic here.
My boss has tasked me with finding us a router table setup, we really don't have the time to have me build one so we wish to purchase one. So far we have only looked at the Jess-em tables as one of the guys in the shop already has them. However... the model we are looking at
w w w.jessemdirect.com/Mast_R_Lift_II_Complete_Router_Table_Package_p/mast-r-lift%20ii%20kit-3.h t m
our supplier tells us has to be ordered from the US and they have a real hard time getting it to us north of the border. they recommended the Kreg... which we know nothing about
Our other supplier has nothing under the $2500 mark and that is a bit steep even for us
So my question(s) are
1. In your professional opinion, what table systems do you recommend under $1000?
2 If we are required to purchase a router to install on a table... is there a company that makes a good quality Router "body" that is designed to fit in a table?
Thanks for your help
Hi Ger - Welcome to the forum
If I understand your requirements correctly, you are looking for a setup that is:
1. essentially a plug-and-play, little or no construction, building, mods etc.
2. Shop environment, could deal with benchtop but probably prefer floor standing
3. budget top stop at $1000. Not champagne and pearls but not beer and beads either.
4. Canadian sourced if possible.
With these in mind, IMO, the RT1000 is likely your best choice. That would leave $500 + in your budget for a lift, motor and additional bits.