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OK. So I am new here and have read hundreds of posts on this subject. I have decided I do not want to build a top at this time. I think I have decided on a Bosh 1617evspk kit with the router and 2 bases. There are no local places to look at this stuff around here. Now for the rest.

Have looked at Kreg and was not to impressed.
Inca table, fence. stand, with woodpecker prl v2 lift. Combo #4 abt $850 delivered
MLCS table,fence, stand and power lift. abt $560 delivered
Woodpecker PRP-1 combo table, fence, stand, with woodpecker prl v2 lift.
abt $920 delivered.

Any thoughts on these? I thought I would add cabinet around one of these at a later time.
The MLCS is quite a bit cheaper, but I only want to do this once if possible. I know, I know never say never BUT. I don't want to go cheap. I have learned my lesson before on tools and other things. Also I don't have an unlimited bank account.
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I own the Incra, and once you have it set, it will meet any and every expectation. I've coupled mine with a Delta Unisaw, and get frustrated with moving the hardware around when switching between the two. The Incra system is expensive, no doubt, but you can precisely fine-tune any cut. Get the Master-lift (an extra couple to three hundred, unfortunately) if you can swing it. Short of this, the Kreg seems the next best option, and may be the most for the money - for me, I'm spoiled with the Incra. I'm about to go standalone with the router system, and will choose the Incra.
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Went back and looked at Kreg. For the table,fence,stand, and there lift comes out to about $885. So with the exception of MLCS all the others are within $70. So I guess I will wait for more opinions. Thanks for yours mjdorsam.
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Duane, you can spend lots of money on router tables and accessories. Everyone has their preferred methods for working with routers. Shortly after I joined the forums Rick talked me into trying a Router Workshop table and I will never switch back. For me the "Keep it simple" methods work the best. No T tracks required; no ultra fine adjusters. Simply clamp your fence or jig in place and start routing. If I was looking to buy a table right now it would be the Grizzly "Presidents Special" router table for $116. I would buy the set of Oak Park box joint jigs and still be under $200. MLCS has a 7 piece set of solid carbide spiral up cut bits for $149. You can get a Bosch 1617EVSK combo router kit for $179 at Lowes. Spend $101 at Woodcraft for their 10 piece bit set, whiteside brass set up bars and a set of PC style brass guide bushings. Call it $630 for everything you need to do most projects. Something to think about.

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Well still thinking about all the options, but did get a good buy(I think?) on Amazon this morning.

Have been looking at the Bosh 1617evspk with the 2 bases for $179. Looked in my gold box specials at the bottom and it showed $20 off Bosh routers and equipment over $100. Still shows $179 on the page so you have to go thru check out to the end.

So I got this kit for $159 with free shipping.

Mike thanks for the options. Still can not make up my mind. I have been reading and looking at all the threads.
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Welcome, I have a nice table for sale check classifides or send me a private message if interested

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OK. So I am new here and have read hundreds of posts on this subject. I have decided I do not want to build a top at this time. I think I have decided on a Bosh 1617evspk kit with the router and 2 bases. There are no local places to look at this stuff around here. Now for the rest.

Have looked at Kreg and was not to impressed.
Inca table, fence. stand, with woodpecker prl v2 lift. Combo #4 abt $850 delivered
MLCS table,fence, stand and power lift. abt $560 delivered
Woodpecker PRP-1 combo table, fence, stand, with woodpecker prl v2 lift.
abt $920 delivered.

Any thoughts on these? I thought I would add cabinet around one of these at a later time.
The MLCS is quite a bit cheaper, but I only want to do this once if possible. I know, I know never say never BUT. I don't want to go cheap. I have learned my lesson before on tools and other things. Also I don't have an unlimited bank account.
If money isn't an issue I'd be all over Jessem's new Mast R Lift Excel II. In fact, I'm still considering one of these.

I have two Kreg tables with 4" rubber locking wheels from Grizzly. The Kreg table and tops are solid as a rock. Their fence system... not so much. I've changed it out for a Woodpecker RF3 and the Jessem Miter Slide on the other. I have the Jessem Mast R Lift II in the table I built with the Porter Cable 7518 in it. I used a Woodpecker top for this table. I have Bosch routers in the Kreg tables in fixed bases because they only do one thing and don't get the bits changed. I didn't care for the Woodpecker lifts when compared to the Jessem. YMMV. Good luck with your hunt...!
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Thanks for more info Kerry. I don't think my choice is getting any easier.

But I will keep at it. Have looked at a lot of pictures and web pages in the last week or so. Been kind of fun. Also the more stuff I show my wife I think she will break down and give me the go ahead for a little better. And yes money is always an issue. But I have done stupid things in the past and want to TRY to avoid those if possible.
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Great deal on the Bosch Duane. I paid $189 for one of mine 10 years ago. I got a 1617 motor that was missing the power cord for free. I think I had to pay about $20 for the new factory cord. This allowed me to keep motors in both bases and reduce set up time. Both have been trouble free.
Everyone has their own preference in tables so good luck on your quest.

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