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Seven years ago I bought a bench top router table which has served me very well on dozens of household renovations. The table is starting to show it's age so I'm going to take the opportunity to build myself a free standing table. My current table uses a plate with snap-in rings but for my new table I prefer rings that twist into place.

It appears that my choices are JessEm, Kreg and Woodpeckers. They all seem perfectly capable to me. Does anyone have any preferences or reasons why one may be better than another? The Woodpecker plate is aluminum and more costly but I'm not sure it matters. I'll likely keep my Freud FT1700VCEK which has served me well over the years.
I'm sure that any of the three plates will be fine but I'm curious as to others' preferences and opinions. Thanks!
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Seven years ago I bought a bench top router table which has served me very well on dozens of household renovations. The table is starting to show it's age so I'm going to take the opportunity to build myself a free standing table. My current table uses a plate with snap-in rings but for my new table I prefer rings that twist into place.

It appears that my choices are JessEm, Kreg and Woodpeckers. They all seem perfectly capable to me. Does anyone have any preferences or reasons why one may be better than another? The Woodpecker plate is aluminum and more costly but I'm not sure it matters. I'll likely keep my Freud FT1700VCEK which has served me well over the years.
I'm sure that any of the three plates will be fine but I'm curious as to others' preferences and opinions. Thanks!
Hi Michael, sounds like you are asking about a black, white or blue Ford. I'm guessing a little bit but I think JessEm probably has the patent on the lock ring system so the plates are all likely made by JessEm.
Not sure why, but Woodpecker does have a phenolic plate in the same price range as the JessEm and the Kreg but it isn't listed on the Woodpecker website. It is being sold through Woodcraft:
Buy Woodpeckers Phenolic Router Plate for Porter Cable 7518 at Woodcraft

It may be a new item as Woodcraft has a note that it doesn't ship till after Sept 20.

John Schaben

The problem with experience is I usually get it immediately after I need it.
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After a lot of fretting I just rec'd. the Kreg table system. It has a twist in rings. I think I'm going to like the fence system. It's a little less expensive than the others, but I'm hoping that Charles Neal's endorsement was more than just a paid appearance. I also got the casters, separate ON/OFF switch and micro-adjuster. I like the ability to adjust the height of the table. Just assembled it and have yet to actually use it, but I'm sure it will be fine. Using Bosch 1617 router which I can adjust from the top thru a hole in the plate with a hex key. In general I have always liked Kreg products, so am hoping this will follow suit.
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Hi Michael, sounds like you are asking about a black, white or blue Ford.

Lol, I guess so! As I said they all seem competent. I was just soliciting a little feedback. In the end any of them will be more than what I need.


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After a lot of fretting I just rec'd. the Kreg table system. It has a twist in rings. I think I'm going to like the fence system. It's a little less expensive than the others, but I'm hoping that Charles Neal's endorsement was more than just a paid appearance. I also got the casters, separate ON/OFF switch and micro-adjuster. I like the ability to adjust the height of the table. Just assembled it and have yet to actually use it, but I'm sure it will be fine. Using Bosch 1617 router which I can adjust from the top thru a hole in the plate with a hex key. In general I have always liked Kreg products, so am hoping this will follow suit.
At the moment I'm leaning toward the Kreg for no real reason whatsoever. I'll wait till I'm ready to start building the table and then use the "eeny-meeny" to choose
The Woodpeckers phenolic plate sounds good too...
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