Rockler vs Grizzly
I want to first introduce myself, and say thank you to all those who contribute to this forum. I am a woodworker for about five years now, but have been mainly doing woodturning instead of more traditional woodworking. However, I have grown tired of making pens and bowls, and want to expand. I received a Bosch 1617EVSPK Router Combo for Christmas, and I am hoping to use that router both in a table (which is the reason for my post), as well as some freehand sign making (as well as with a signmaking kit that Rockler sells). I hope that I am putting this post in the right place, and I hope I am not causing too much trouble on my maiden voyage. I searched the forums and got a lot of great advice, but I guess I am still not sure as to what I should do in my particular case.
My birthday is in January, and my family wants to buy me a router table (since they got me the Bosch router for Christmas). They gave me the option between the Rockler MDF/HPL router table that retails for $250, or the Grizzly T10432 table, and said that cost should not be a deciding factor. I have followed many of Mike and James's thread posts (THANK YOU GUYS), and several other fine members who have commented on the Grizzly (thanks as well!). I am tempted to pull the trigger and say that I want the Grizzly, but I have never seen a comparison on the forum between the two (would people consider these to be exact competitors?) Simply put, I am wondering if someone can identify a clear winner between the two.
I have never seen the Grizzly/MLCS router table in person, but I like that the table is thicker, and has the metal t-slots for the fence instead of riding in the MDF (Rockler). However, I also like the convenience of having a predrilled aluminum plate (since I am a chicken, and am afraid of drilling into the phenolic plate), and I have physically seen the Rockler table, and know that it has been on the market for many years as a respected table setup. I want a solid table with a straight fence and a good plate that I can easily remove the router from when I decide to do signmaking, but I don't want to fuss around too much when putting the router back into the table. I plan on doing some jointing of boards (I know this can be done on both and is a pretty minor issue, but ease of adjusting the split fences is something that I might consider). Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Happy Routing in 2014 to all!