I don't want to take this all back because actually the router is very useful as a hand tool, so I want to keep that for off-table use. The table is a precision, robust set-up and I have it solidly mounted to a base, so I want to keep that also.
My problem is to get any of these geniuses at the building centres to tell me what routers I can actually mount to the table. (It's "well maybe Fred knows but he's off today" or "I heard there's a guy at a store on the other side of town who might know"). All the routers they have on display have the same hole patterns as my Skil, that is they don't match the table.
I've been all over the Web including the Porter-Cable website and can't find anything that tells me what routers are compatible with what tables.
Given how popular router tables are I find it incredible that this should be so tricky. Any knowledgeable advice would be appreciated.