Router/Table saw combo?

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Old 11-14-05, 07:10 AM
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Router/Table saw combo?

Do they make these? I've been trying to find something that has both and I just find either separate tables or a table saw that has been modified to hold a router.
Another question regarding a router table is this...I've seen router tables, but without a router??? Do you need to buy a router as well as the table?

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This is interesting:
http://www.skilxshop.com/

You can buy a router/table combo
Many people prefer to purchase them separately
Some routers can dual as hand-held or table-held
(There's a lot of table-less routing going on out there)
Some routers do not make good table routers
Some with many routers only need one table
Sometimes a table isn't needed....and then later it may come in handy
Whew....there's just too many varibles
It depends on what your looking for
 
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Old 11-14-05, 11:14 AM
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Craftsman table saws sometimes have a hole in the top of the table so that you can mount a router underneath and use the table saw fence as your router fence. Not sure about other brands... perhaps some Ryobi and Delta saws do too.

When you buy a router table it does not usually come with a router, unless its all being sold as a package deal.
 
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Originally Posted by slickshift
This is interesting:
http://www.skilxshop.com/

You can buy a router/table combo
Many people prefer to purchase them separately
Some routers can dual as hand-held or table-held
(There's a lot of table-less routing going on out there)
Some routers do not make good table routers
Some with many routers only need one table
Sometimes a table isn't needed....and then later it may come in handy
Whew....there's just too many varibles
It depends on what your looking for
I can't trust myself enough to use without a table. Sooo many decisions.
 
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Old 11-14-05, 05:22 PM
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Our local lumber yard has that Skill all-in-one unit on display and at first glace it is an impressive looking tool.
It would work well for someone working exclusively on vey small projects like bird houses or craft type things but IMO it appears as if it wouldn't perform any single function well.
I'm not sure what your intended use will be but if it's for more than very casual use or for larger projects you could get a single decent power tool for way less than a combination unit.
When I moved up from a router and table I was able to get a basic shaper for way less than the Skill combo unit.

Let us know what kind of projects you are planning.
 
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Originally Posted by GregH
Our local lumber yard has that Skill all-in-one unit on display and at first glace it is an impressive looking tool.
It would work well for someone working exclusively on vey small projects like bird houses or craft type things but IMO it appears as if it wouldn't perform any single function well.
I'm not sure what your intended use will be but if it's for more than very casual use or for larger projects you could get a single decent power tool for way less than a combination unit.
When I moved up from a router and table I was able to get a basic shaper for way less than the Skill combo unit.

Let us know what kind of projects you are planning.
I'm wanting to do some bookcases up front with some decorative trim (rather than having some dull box). I don't even know if a router is the way to go??? I know I want to invest in a table saw sooner or later, but I'm just not knowledgable enough about the "bigger" tools to make a sound educated decision yet.
 
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