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I am currently building my first router table, and am considering my router plate options. A Bosch 1617EVS will be utilized. I am looking at aluminum plates from Rockler, INCRA, and Woodpeckers. Does anyone have any experience with the Solid Aluminum MagnaLOCK RT Plate from INCRA? I have never been a big fan of the plastic inserts so this might be a better option. Rockler's plate is 1/4" thick in comparison to 3/8" from INCRA and Woopeckers. Also, Rockler's version is cheaper until you add two additional inserts, starting pin, and leveling kit which is offered in the other two packages. INCRA and Woopeckers can ultimately be purchased less with 10% discounts, or from other other retailers which are cheaper than buying directly from the respective companies. Which one of these would you choose? It seems like either INCRA or Woodpeckers.

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I purchased one from Rockler and you can get free shipping on most Rockler items with a $25 purchase when you buy through Amazon.

I have not installed it yet but the reviews on the Bench Dog plate is what sold me.

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I noticed on INCRA's site that they have their phenolic plates with the MagnaLock system on special for $39.00. That seems like a great deal for a phenolic plate. Is the aluminum plates worth the extra expense.
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The Incra magnaLOCK rings are the way to go if the Woodpecker plastic twistLOCK rings are an issue for you. I use them both with no problems at all. The magnaLOCK rings can be leveled to the plate itself, and are quicker to remove and replace. I got 5 magnaLOCK rings with my Incra, and only three with the Woodpecker. The 3/8" thick aluminum plates works just fine to me so far. Both of my tables are designed to use 3/8" thick plates. If I changed to a 1/4" plate I would have to modify the table a bit. Cheers. xlx
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$39 would be hard to turn down. Do you know if it is pre-drilled for your router?

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I noticed on INCRA's site that they have their phenolic plates with the MagnaLock system on special for $39.00. That seems like a great deal for a phenolic plate. Is the aluminum plates worth the extra expense.
HI, that would be a heck of a buy for you. They are closing them out and it appears that the only ones left are predrilled for the 1617. I would also recommend you spend the extra $39 for the optional rings. The only downside to that plate is it is difficult to duplicate the rings but with the optional set, there shouldn't be a need to.

I had ordered the "on sale" version and got it before I realized they wouldn't fit my Freud 3000 but was impressed enough with the quality that I returned it and ordered the aluminum version. It's a very nice setup.

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Just to add potential options to the mix. Who else makes a quality phenolic plate for an entry level price? Thanks.
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