For me it's best to have both, one for the router table and one for hand jobs or to say one router motor that can be used for both jobs, the DeWalt 621/625 are fine routers but you only get one motor and one base...I do push the new Craftsman because all you need is a good 2 1/2HP router to do most jobs on the table and hand jobs..and the price is right..
and it comes with all the extra items,like lights,lift kit built in that can be used in the router table, plus so much more..
I should note you can use the plunge base or the standard base in your router table they both come with the lift kit built in.. plus if you like to use the "D" handle base you can get one of them also from Sears, at one time they came with all 3 bases and as a kit,I will post a link and you can still get it at a great price..
And yes I do have 4 of the kits
plus 3 of the 2 1/2HP routers combo kits as well, when I see a great deal I get it ,can't have to many routers Sears: Online department store featuring appliances, tools, fitness equipment and more Craftsman Professional 28084 12.5 amp Corded Fixed/Plunge D-Handle Combination Router : Sears Outlet
From PA,for 60.oo bucks for the kit,new floor model.
1008 Ross Park Mall Dr
Pittsburgh, PA 15237-3803
Good luck with your quest..
I am looking at building or buying a router table and I have a few questions.
A) I plan on using a dedicated router for the table, should I look at a fixed base and a lift kit or a plunge router? What are the advantages to either?
B) How big of a router should I buy and what brand is your suggestion and why?
C) If I buy a router table, any suggestions as to which one to look at? OR do you have any decent plans that does not take up half my work shop?
I am not going to say that the cost is no object, I want to buy the best I can get and not break the bank.