I recently bought the Rockler table kit along with a stand for it. All in
all, I'm not all that thrilled with it and am thinking that it's reputation
is pretty over-blown. Now mind you, I do think that the table is "OK" --
but it's nothing to brag about. It's also light weight and far from the
most solid feeling table I've seen or used -- and that doesn't inspire a
great deal of confidence in itself.
The fence itself is gludgy and it is taking me a while to get used to it.
That orange bit guard they have for the table is a worthless nuisance as
well -- it sits so close to the work that it blocks the push stick from
doing any pushing and it's too darned dark to see through. I am also not
convinced that 'dead center in the table top' is the best place for the
router to be. (I'd rather have the tool offset toward the back of the
IMHO the Rockler #1 Router Table is just plain severely over-priced. (But
then, almost all router tables and components are way over-priced in my
book. It strikes me as a "captive audience" thing. I'm not sure where you'd
'go' to get more 'bang for your buck'. )
BTW, here's where I'm coming from... about three years ago I got the
Porter+Cable Router Table Kit (complete with 690 router) at Lowes for
$139.00. I never liked the little aluminum table top very well, so I went
whole-hog and blew a whopping $10.50 on a piece of melamine and made myself
a new top and fence for the old PC frame and stand. You can see that at
www.ApacheTrail.com/ww/RT/index.html . It's very solid and has worked well
for me, but I did want a better mounting plate and fancier fence than I had.
I had been considering the Sears Professional Router Table and fence as well
at the time I bought the Rockler table. I'm just not at all convinced that I
made the better choice.
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