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I've just about got my shop completely outfitted the way I'd like it, and one of the last things I'm looking to upgrade is my router table. I bought a cheapo from Grizzly about 3 years ago to rout a nice profile on some composite deck material, and sold it on CL for what I paid originally.
I'm now ready to get a more professional style table, and I want to hear from people who maybe own the Kreg, JessEm, Woodpecker, or the Excalibur from G.I. While the Excalibur comes with a lift, all the other tables offer one too as an accesory and maybe even for a little less. So aside from the Excalibur having a cast iron top and undermount dust box, what else am I missing? I have welding equipment so I can easily fashion my own sheet metal vented dust box. Also, there is no descernable difference (other than color) on the lifts offered by Kreg, JessEm, and Woodpecker. Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
 

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I am almost finished building my router\assembly station.
I am an Incra fan, as well. Use a Milwaukee 5625-20 and a Woodpecker's PRL V2 lift.
A setup with no compromises. But, it is my favorite tool in the shop. See "my projects" for more details and photos.

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I've got the Jess-Em lift, table and fence. I was going to build my own upgraded table but my local Woodcraft had the table on sale and a demo fence that was missing a part (they got the missing part for me). The price worked out to about whart I would have spent on building my own table and fence. It does every thing I want plus some.
 

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My shop had to be smaller than I planned due to site problems but now it's built and I am also at the stage of thinking about a router table.
I originally planned on a separate, independent router table but in my case a router and lift built into the right wing of my table saw seems to make the more sense.
I have access to a fabrication shop with a water jet so I'm thinking of having an aluminum plate cut to fit.
Should be able to get a piece of 1/4" aluminum plate, cut to fit for about $150. Already have a router plate.
 

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I have nothing against the idea of making my own table, but to be honest, I have gone so far down the rabbit hole of building/obsessing over jigs and other fixtures in my shop and not getting to build furniture that I almost got out of the craft. It took me a long time to realize that I'm not going to have absolutely every setup for a given job and that's perfectly OK so I stopped building "one-use" tools and have jumped fully into making furniture (my true passion). That said, I'm looking for a router table that I don't have to construct and that has all the bells and whistles I want. Anyone out there have the Kreg or Excalibur that can lend any insight? I played with the Kreg at the Columbus show, and it seemed to be excellent.
 

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Have you thought about a G1035P 1-1/2 HP Shaper*? Nice small unit but can do a lot more than most tables.IMHO.
I picked one up a while back and so far very happy with it, need to set it up for my needs and toss the crappy fence boards in the trash as soon as I get around to building new ones.
 
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