Last year, wanting to get into routing, I bought a router table and router from a local woodworker who is a member of a local woodworking forum. Not knowing whether the asking price was a bargain or a bust, I paid the price and brought the setup home. Here's what I got:
Freud RTP1000 Router Table
Porter Cable 690 Router
Updated Freud Router Plate (not sure of the model - similar to this one)
The router table got bad reviews because of its non-metal routing plate. The upgraded plate hopefully solves the problem.
What I don't like about the router table is actually the reason I bought it: The micro-adjust split fence. It never occurred to me that what I want is a single fence with micro-adjust capability. I spent quite a bit of time trying to set this table up to get a good rout on a piece of wood. When I was done, it was still off a little.
If I get the table I want, which is probably an Incra, I will not need this one. I paid $125 for it. Is it worth that? When I got it, the router had a bad power switch, which I replaced. I'm not sure if any pieces are missing. There are a few extra pieces with it, including the original plate. It seems like this setup would be great for a woodworker who knows what he's doing. However, such a woodworker would probably want something better. What do you think?