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I am building up a new routing station. I like the idea of a big Incra table and their top of the line fence system, with templates etc. But, by the time I am done with all that, I am in Router Boss territory.

I have no special project or capability in mind, just know that sometime soon I will want to experiment with box joints, dovetails, small boxes, etc.

I really thing that even with a Router Boss I would need a table mounted router, but I would then just get a basic table, cheap fence, etc. I have a couple of Triton routers I could use, so top side height adjustment is included.

Also, I have the 3 1/4 horse Triton, could I use that on the Router Boss? Actually, I know I can, but the way they set up the DeWalt with the one hand plunge thing looks good, but would I give up much of that functionality by foregoing the DeWalt set up in favor of the Big Triton that I already have?

Any Router Boss users that could offer some advice?

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Welcome to the forum Marc. I've never used one but here is a very positive review. Router Boss Review

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You need to determine if you want one thing or multiple things. With something like the Incra, you get a standard router table plus the option to do joints. I've had mixed results with my Incra. I love it as a router table, but depending on the wood and grain, my dovetails haven't been the best. I've talked with Mark at Incra and turns out his experience has been similar (at least I'm not alone in that one). If you're sticking to the oak, cherry, cedar, etc. types of wood, the Incra is nice because you have a whole slew of options when it comes to joints. But, it's really more than just a joint type of equipment. You have a solid fence and one that allows all sorts of standard router table options.

There are some very nice router tables and fences out there if you want to buy one instead of making one. But of course they don't give you the built-in option of doing joints out-of-the-box.

Good luck in your decision!
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Hi Marc, welcome to the forum.

Can't help you there, I have not used either of them.

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Hello Marc, really pleased to see you join the community, welcome to Router Forums!

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Marc, I review as many routing set ups as possible. I would not consider the Router Boss since it is a copy of the Woodrat with expensive add on items that do not provide value for the money. The snow and ice is almost gone here so I will be in the garage very soon and will provide photos of my Woodrat. in action.

Woodrat bits are one good example of the quality difference; high quality HSS bits made in the UK. The Router Boss bits are made in China... not good quality. Do some comparison shopping and I think you will agree with my conclusions.
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Marc,

I have a Router Boss with a DeWalt 625 and I still have to use two hands to guide it doing dovetails. I don't know how a Triton router would behave with the one hand plunge mechanism as I do not own a Triton.
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Neither the Woodrat or the Router Boss supports Triton routers. The plunge bar does make it very easy to plunge the big DeWalt with one hand. You can see me plunging it with my fingertips in the photo.
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+1 for all things Incra. I have the Incra Jig Ultra (on a Woodhaven table) and the Incra Miter 1000 Special Edition. All great products.

An offset router table should be chosen for the Incra, to allow for the jig.

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