I recently purchased this router table:
Price was $179 - a 20% discount coupon I had. The on-line price was
lower than the in-store price, but my store matched the on-line price.
The total cost including tax was about $150 which included the router.
The store I purchased it from was in Westminster, Colorado. The table
itself is not bad for the price. What the picture does not show is
that some of the parts, namely the side pieces on the upper base are
blue plastic. It's not a huge issue because there's metal underneath.
The cut-off switch is very nice. The table itself reminds me of the
Bosch or Ryobi ones I've seen. It's light-weight, but not too bad.
The fence is actually quite nice - extruded aluminum stock. The router
seems under powered at only 1HP. I'm going to be doing some
fingerjoints with a 1/2" shank bit and I'm a bit worried. I have a 3HP
router that I was thinking about retro fitting to the table. It seems
compatible. That was also a Harbor Freight special at $49. I only use
my woodworking tools on a periodic basis for repair of wood trim pieces
for jukeboxes and pinball games. If your local store will honor the
on-line price and give you the 20% off with the coupon, then this seems
like a good deal. The main short coming appears to be the router
itself. The table insert is stamped steel. Not as nice as the upscale
inserts, but not really that bad either.
Being one who occasionally buys from HF I think it's more an info piece
about HF to respond to the "HF is all junk" posts. I've found their quality
control sucks big time BUT if you can pick through stuff, you can find very
good quality for a low price. Point example - 15.99 3/8 18v cordless drill
with keyless chuck. The BATTERIES for my other cordless tools cost me more
than that. I bought 4 of them a while back - work perfectly.
I was thinking of citing pretty much the same "not too bad" remarks
that LRod did. But I didn't. Rather, since there are some Harbor
Freight retail stores in my general area, I decided (long ago) to
actually handle the merchandise they sell rather than, or before,
Some vendors are like that: Pig in a poke. There's a new Northern
Tools a couple miles away: I'd touch in the store before ordering
online. Some stuff is crap, some gives good value.
Others, like maybe Rockler, I'd buy from their catalog or online store
even though I could drive to a retail outlet. Or LL Bean...I trust
Some things I've got from HF have been absolute crap. For $150, I was
looking at a really cheap table top router table. The HF table was
better and included a workable router.
Rockler does make a table that's under $200. Perhaps that would have
been a better deal if I had a router that was compatible with that
table. With the Porter Cable router it's closer to $400 including
I would agree that you need to handle any HF product. Do not buy sight
Jim Stuyck wrote:
For less than $200.00, you could have made a router table that is like ones
that you will see in professional shops all across the country. Take a piece
of mdf or plywood the size you want the top and screw a couple of battens
along what will be the bottom to prevent sag. Drill a hole big enough for a
router bit to stick through and drill router mounting holes concentric to
the center hole. Screw router to it, set across two sawhorses. A strait
board and two C clamps make up the fence. This table, and the PC 690 to
mount in it, will cost well under $200.00 and do anything you could want
short of raised panels.
I was looking at that router table last time I was in their store.
Actually looked pretty decent and includes the router. I have one of
their $15.00 4 inch angle grinders and it works flawlessly. The $11.00
pnuematic cut-off tool is also a great buy.
I had one cheap router and router table in my life. I'll never have
another. I gave it away as IMO, it was not good enough to take anyone's
money for it.
After you use it for a while, reread your description, go visit a buddy with
a real table and 2hp router and see what you are missing.
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