Help Me Select a Reasonable Router for My Use and Table
For background, as a kid I grew up with a dad who had a decent woodshop. He was into fine art cabinetmaking and studied for years with C.V. Stevens. Then there's a 15 year interruption and now I'm getting into woodworking on my own. I'm doing so with the strange limitations that everything must be capable of being broken down and carried since I work in the garage but have to store everything in the basement and that all the pieces must be fairly light since I have a herniated disc and can't carry a whole lot of weight.
I initially bought a Festool OF-1010 router due to it's light weight, excellent dust collection, and the Festool system's approach to wooodworking. I actually really like this little router and have been very happy with it so far. I've also recently bought it the Veritas router table top, fence, and sled and I'm pretty happy with that setup as well.
What I am not happy with is the selection of 1/4" and 8mm shanked bits in the US. The router seems to have the strength to turn larger bits (I never hear it strain) but they just don't seem to be available in the thinner shanks. So that leaves me needing a router with a 1/2" collet to use larger bits that are readily available in the US. I'd love to just go buy an OF-2200 but, man, I don't live in that tax bracket!
So here's what I'm up against:
1) Needs to work with the Veritas table top. This system clamps the router base to the underside of the table top and relies upon the router itself (not a lift) for bit height adjustment.
2) Needs to have a 1/2" collet and a 1/4" collet for sure. 8mm collet would be very much appreciated but not required.
3) Will be used for edge-jointing 8/4 hardwoods, pattern following in 8/4 hardwoods, and probably some profiling (large radius roundover, raised panel/stiles/rails, linen fold, etc) in taller hardwoods so it needs to have enough power to survive this.
That's pretty much it. The big problem I'm facing isn't so much researching the routers as figuring out what those 3 things even mean I need to look for. I'm lacking the "magic words" to put into Google, in other words.
Any help? Thanks!