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I'm news to the forum and to routing as well. I want a routing table and have a limited budget of about $500 for the table and I will probably grab a Triton router to permanently mount under the table.

I have pretty much narrowed it down between the RT1000 series of tables built in Nova Scotia or the Craftsman Premium Die Cast Aluminum Router Table. I am needing some inputs from anyone that has experiences (goo , bad or indifferent) with any of these.

I know that so many of those here will say 'build your own table' but I really don't have the time nor inclination to undertake this task at this time.

Thanks for your time and inputs...

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Given the two choices you mentioned my vote would be for the RT1000.

The Grizzly T10432 is also a good choice.

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Thanks Mike for the Grizzly info. I looked at the Grizzly site and I really want a cabinet style table for aesthetics and storage. I am leaning more toward the RT1000 series based on reviews I've seen in other places and the pictures on the web site are pretty good and clear as to what it comes with. i understand they have sales a couple of times a year and may hang out until the next one. I've looked at the Craftsman and while the top is pretty nice, the cabinetry is pretty basic PB I think with a melamine overlay. Not a fan AT ALL of PB of any type.

What do you think of a good strong router for a table that can be adjusted and bit changes made topside? I have been reading that many use Triton for these reasons and they have three powers available; up to 3.25 or 3.5 hp

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Your price range leaves a lot of options. I am with Mike. Big difference btwn the CM and the RT. RT wins hands down.

For a bit more you could get an incra system. You could get a used one under your limit if you keep your eyes open here, CL or Ebay.

At that price there are very few tables you couldn't get.... oh I love Triton
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Rob, only you can decide which router is the right choice for you. The Triton TRA001 is popular because of it's crank handle for height adjustments; the dust collection is just as important to my way of thinking. The big Milwaukee 5625-20 was very popular during our testing of 3 + hp routers but doesn't have dust collection.

I prefer popping the router out of the table for bit changes/adjustments and I really like my Bosch routers. All of them have dust collection adapters available.

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I am new to routing also & have spent serveral months looking at alot of tables,reading reviews,watching videos. I finally decided to make my own making a basic top & then learn from there of what I need or dont need in a table. I spent $100 on building mine & only took me a half a day. I did end up putting the Triton 3.25 under it & sadly have only got to use it one time so far to finish the tables fence. The saving went to buy some bit sets as I am fixing to build a bookcase with a cabinet below.
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I wonder about the under-table dust collection on those RT tables. I see that there is a port, but it looks like the space is just a large rectangle. Maybe that works for a dust collector...but I worry that it is too large a volume if you want to use a shop vac. But perhaps you could add a downdraft box.
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I'm news to the forum and to routing as well. I want a routing table and have a limited budget of about $500 for the table and I will probably grab a Triton router to permanently mount under the table.

I have pretty much narrowed it down between the RT1000 series of tables built in Nova Scotia or the Craftsman Premium Die Cast Aluminum Router Table. I am needing some inputs from anyone that has experiences (goo , bad or indifferent) with any of these.

I know that so many of those here will say 'build your own table' but I really don't have the time nor inclination to undertake this task at this time.

Thanks for your time and inputs...

Rob

He Rob...I have had a Triton Router Table for quite a few years now, and I've found it to be superb. Great for both beginner, craftsman or tradesman, as it is light, compact, and easy on the wallet.
Can't go past it, in my opinion. Good luck. Andrew.
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I watched the video online and it looked pretty good; however, that was with a DC system no doubt.. I've heard (ok...read) that the dust collection is very good actually.

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