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Question Router Table vs Shaper or BOTH?

I need to upgrade and add some tools in my shop. I currently have a small tabletop router table and misc hand held units for most applications, but want to get a larger more permanent mounted router station and or shaper. My question is what is the best system out there for a router table/cabinet for use with the smaller 1/4, and 1/2 Colet bits with easy to use cutting depth adjustment? And should I invest in a 3-HP shaper for running additional molding profiles at a higher production speed w/auto-feed options? My feeling is yes but wanter to get others take or opinion on size, type, and brand. Grizzly seems to be a popular brand but is the quality there? Most all of the other tools in my shop are of high quality, and I would rather spend a little more now and have something that will last a lifetime so to speak and be able to repair it if needed years down the road.
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Whacha gonna do with it?

" Quote: .... And should I invest in a 3-HP shaper for running additional molding profiles at a higher production speed w/auto-feed options? My feeling is yes......
If you are going to make interior and exterior doors a shaper is the way to go. and those 3hp Grizzly's are the best bang for the buck, I own 2 of them.
If you are going to make cabinets for kitchen in 3/4" stock the router table, 3 1/4 HP, 5 speed PC router and a Jessem MastR lift is the way to go, I have 2 of them. It will of course work with thicker stock and raised panels, but the shaper is best for 1 1/2" stock and up.
If you are a hobby shop, the router table, if a production shop BOTH.
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Bill:
I read your posted in a similar thread and agree with you on having both a shaper and router table. I was looking at Grizzly but was also looking into other brands for comparison. This was the reason for my post. I appreciate you suggestions and am happy to see that I am thinking similar someone else. A few guys I work around/with down here think I'm crazy to spend the money when a table works for everything, but I would like a safer method that makes my job easer. I bet as soon as I install the shaper they will be in line to use it!
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