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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-22-2012, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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I am in the market for my first router and router table. I am a hobbyist and relatively new to using one other than just doing some rounded edges freehand. I have never used a table before. I have some Sears gift cards and Sears has a pretty good sale going on right now. I can get the Sears 14 amp 2.5hp fixed/plunge base combo (27680) and Sears HPP Router Table (61181) for under $300 before using gift cards. So, I will be in the $200 range. I am pretty sure the Router table is the same or real similar to the Bosch. Is there a reason I should avoid this set-up. I need a benchtop table due to lack of space and I think I use my router about 2-3 times per year, which will be more once I learn from some of you knowledgeable folks.
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Dive on in Brett. I don't see a problem with the set up mentioned. If you have Sears money that look likes a good set up and you should be able to do most anything you want to with it

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Hi Brett. Welcome to our little corner of the 'net.

Good choice on the router... for your first one. There will be more later.

The table is not a bad choice, with a couple of negatives. I have an older one, but it is similar in that it has an aluminum top. This can leave black marks on your wood. And, the table will probably not accept the porter cable style insert bushings.. instead, you will be limited to the plastic ones that Sears sells for their tables.

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One of the reviews on the Sears Outlet site (yes, this model and that table seem to go to the outlet stores...) says that the baseplate opening is too small to use large bits.

"I would give this more stars, but I had to re-manufacture the base plate. The opeing is only 1.25 inches. Many of the router bits that do 1/2 or more won't fit. These are the router bits that you BUY a 2.5hp router for."

1" is pretty restricting, IMO. You'd only be able to use fairly basic and small bits if that's true.
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I am rethinking the sears table. What about the Grizzly t10432 vs the MLCS top. They appear the same except the Grizzly has legs. Will the polycarbonate base be sufficient in holding this router rated at 15.5 lbs or should I go MCLS for the aluminum? I plan on removing the router when not in use. Also, are miter gauges interchangeable or do I need a new one of those as well?
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Brett, the Grizzly Presidents Special router table is the best deal for the money. You can use PC style guide bushings with it, it has the dust collection port, the removable centers allow you to use all but the largest panel raising bits. For $116 + shipping it's hard to go wrong.

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Brett, the Grizzly Presidents Special router table is the best deal for the money. You can use PC style guide bushings with it, it has the dust collection port, the removable centers allow you to use all but the largest panel raising bits. For $116 + shipping it's hard to go wrong.
Where do you see it for $116? I see it at $129. Your thought on the baseplate holding a router of that weight? I am not sure... the 15.5 lbs may be with both fixed and plunge routers.
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I have one of the older bench top tables from sears and I sealed the top with spray poly because of the black marks mentioned. I have other larger tables and use then most of the time. The sears table gets set up now and then when all the rest have set ups I don't want to change but have to do a special project. It does a decent job but it's not for anything big. This new one looks like you could install a different router plate, something to consider.

But for the money you are going to spend, if I were you I would go for the bigger table so you get more bang for your buck. You will be adding accessories later on if you are anything like most of us and a lot of them aren't built for this small footprint.

Good choice on the router, you can grow with it.

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another thought

Buy a good router table top/ fence and build a base yourself. Later when you have the room, build a bigger better base or cabinet.
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I have daughters. I will never have any room! lol This is why I started thinking about the Grizzly table. I could remove the legs and mount it to some saw horse if needed... Or just keep the legs in the attic over the garage.

I appreciate the advice!
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