Hi Fellow L J Buddies, need advice buying router table/table saw please.

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Forum topic by Jim Reeves posted 10-18-2011 05:24 PM 2255 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jim Reeves

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10-18-2011 05:24 PM

I need help from my fellow LJ buddy family.
I want to take a serious shot at making some good projects, and in hopes of it turning into a small part time home business.

But that is a maybe, but first mainly l want to make some items for house were renovating.
Like nice baseboard, window door trim and other things l figure if l can keep busy won’t be thinking of health and personal other issues dragging me down over 1 year now.

The house were renovating should have been done by now.
But once we removed 30 plus year old single pain leaking windows, leaking fire place area was shocked.

This week the contractor is replacing the sil on top of blocks rotted. About 40 ft section in 3 rooms and about 15 ft outside wall needs replaced. Already replaced 13 ft outside wall 2 months ago.

First window installer we fired as windows were warping after 4-5 weeks.
New contractor cares about his work, after spending $ 35,000 no point stopping now lol.

Spent to much on structure so am hoping can do inside myself with my son helping me.
My wife and l hope to have finished enough to move in Jan/2012.

The attached garage 20×24 will be much better workshop than present basement and no stairs for me to fall down. So l want to replace my craftsman table saw top is 37×20 and want to buy a cabinet type router table to replace bench top router table.

I was into home depot they have a rigid table saw model for $ 650.00 has built in stand and pedal to wheel around.
Router table looking at 2 models both feaud need idea’s as to what to buy?

I want a bigger table top on table saw and a desent router table.
I am hoping to spend about $ 1,000.00 or less on table saw and about $ 650.00 on a router table.
If l can get for this amount l can pay cash no credit card l hope.

Also want your idea’s of maybe spending more maybe even the above $ 1,600.00 to buy a better quality table saw where it comes with a router insert on one end?
Wjhat are your views on the above 2 idea’s?
email me at please

-- jim

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#1 posted 10-18-2011 05:32 PM

The Grizzly G1023RLW with cast iron router table is considerably more saw than the R4512, and costs $1369 to your door, but runs on 220v. Do you have 220v?

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#2 posted 10-18-2011 07:14 PM

Jim, I have the Go690 and LOVE IT!! lol I make the last payment on the 3rd of Nov and them I am adding a cast iron router table to it for $400. To see the set up I am talking about, go the Horizontal Mike’s shop. Good luck. Rand

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Bill White

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#3 posted 10-18-2011 07:39 PM

Get the Grizz combo. You won’t be unhappy. Great bang for the buck.


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#4 posted 10-18-2011 07:55 PM

I have to second the Grizzley recommendations. I have a 1023SL (an earlier relative of the 1023RLW) and I love it.

I didn’t even need to do any wiring as my shop is in my lower level near the electric clothes dryer and I’m never drying clothes and sawing at the same time.

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#5 posted 10-18-2011 09:00 PM

If you want 2 separate machines, I like the Sears hybrid table saw and the bulldog cast Iron topped router table/cabinet. Look for sales…

good to see you back.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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Jim Reeves

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#6 posted 10-29-2011 04:01 PM

Thanks everyone, for you each giving me your advice on table saw/router table
I hope to have other house ready to move into l hope by Jan/2012, but think instead of shipping to my house l will get a helper take my landscape trailer and drive the 2 houirs to Toronto, Ontario and pick it up.
In the new year what ever l decide l will mpost pictures here.
Thanks Everyone

-- jim

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#7 posted 11-02-2011 03:27 AM

Payments through grizzly ?? Do they finance?

-- - Paul, Flower Mound,TX

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#8 posted 11-02-2011 03:39 AM

i just picked upa kreg router lifter and a porter cable 7518 router. these together should be about $600. you can pick up some “u” channel to support your fence and a strip of mitre channel for about $30.thow in a coulple of feather boards and a 1” laminate top. you will have a great router table set up.

-- Gritty Roots i can build anything as long as i have 2 things the internet and my father-in-law

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#9 posted 11-02-2011 03:42 AM

Paul I think grizzly also sells through Amazon and they finance.

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#10 posted 11-02-2011 05:16 AM

I prefer shapers but as far as router table, I would go with a heavy cabinet saw and add a cast iron router wing to the table saw. Mlcs woodworking and Peach tree offee fair deals on cast iron router wings. Insert a good router, my favorite is the milwaukee 3.5 hp with above table features.

I am partial to attempting to buy used when this is an option. Just recently I was blessed with a 9 year old unisaw for 400.00.

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#11 posted 11-02-2011 05:27 AM

some times i have to be the voice of opposition i do not like grizzly tools nor do i like the router-table on the saw it gets in the way and is a pain unless you have no space. then this may be a necessity but its a pain to move the router every time to saw a board that’s why i took mine out and i recommend norms router-table and a nice saw stop saw

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#12 posted 11-02-2011 05:51 AM

Jim hope you get your home done, with no drafts, for the comming winter. i’m sure what ever tool you buy, you’ll be able to turn out some nice work. have you ever concidered wood turning as a stress reliever? small foot print of space,and about a $1000.00 for a set up, you can turn out; alot of different products. just a thought.

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