Michael, what sort of production work are you planning on doing? By production work I mean 8 hours a day, 5 days a week or more. This would be the main reason to purchase a shaper instead of a router and table which can do much more. You may want to spend a few minutes reviewing my blog Sawdust dreams in the blogs section. There is a good foundation for choosing routers, tables and bits and the reasons why you need an open mind when shopping.