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Router and table combo

Hi all. I am new to this forum and was wondering if I could get advice on buying a router and router table combo. I was looking at the Craftsman:

Other companies also sell small portable tables that you have to buy separately. I guess I am looking for a simple and easy to use system as I am very green to woodworking. I haven't used a Router since High School shop and I'm 43 years old now.

So any advice would be greatly appreciated. Affordability is always a concern since I can't afford anything expensive. But simplicity rules since I am still learning.

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You can mount most routers under a table. Your table can be as simple as a piece of plywood or MDF. You will need a homemade fence also unless you have bearings on all your router bits. Woodworking supply houses sell some very nice tables. $$$
I prefer a heavier table to a small little sheet metal bench top router table. But that's just my opinion. The small bench top router tables are available at Sears, Home Depot and Lowes. Some are even made of hard plastic. If you want to start cheap and see if you like it, maybe that's the way to go. Good luck to you.

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I started with that model (older version) years ago and it still is in use in my shop from time to time.

Don't buy it from Amazon though, it's on sale at sears for 105

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I have that same setup I found for $60 (I swear it was mislabeled, but hooray for me), and it works well enough.

I like that it has above-the-table adjustment built in (although you still have to reach underneath and loosen the clamp around the router).

Dust collection is a LOT better than I thought it would be.

What I don't like:

Changing bits is kind of a pain.

The fence is pretty flimsy but it works well enough.

No variable speed or soft start.

My main gripe is with Sears. I'd love to be able to buy a 1/2" collet, like the instructions say it'll take. Or a plunge base. But I'll be damned if I can find them available. The one base it comes with fits guide bushings but not larger bits.

If you don't expect the world, it works just fine. Sears' regular price is $119, I wouldn't pay that but if you get it on sale it's worth it. Just keep the router in the table.

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Thanks guys. I will wait for it to go on sale or buy a used one if I can. Thanks again.
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