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Forum topic by Howie posted 08-09-2012 11:54 AM 2814 views 1 time favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-09-2012 11:54 AM

Are you satisfied with having a router mounted on the TS over a cabinet mounted router? Would you do it again?
I have an Incra LS-25 on my router table. I’m getting the Incra TS-LS for my General TS and am wondering if the router table on the saw is really worth it.

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#1 posted 08-09-2012 12:11 PM

I have Bench Dog router table with a 3 1/2HP Bosch router and this combination works very well for me.
I see several advantages to this solution:

#1 you do not have to make or to buy a cabinet= you save time and money.

#2 you get a larger TS table to accommodate larger pieces to cut.

#3 you do not need to find the room/place for one more thing in your shop

IMO this is the best solution.

-- Bert

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#2 posted 08-09-2012 12:16 PM

I have a router mounted on one wing of my table saw, and for me this is the best solution, since I don’t really have the floor space for a stand alone router table. I like the large work top that is available with the TS, plus I can use the table saw fence to attach different guides that I use. I would recommend a cast iron wing with the router mount in it, just for the sturdiness of it.

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#3 posted 08-09-2012 12:20 PM


Don’t think I would like working height of router in end of my table saw. The top of my router cabinet is 46 inches and very comfortable height for me. I am 6 ft. tall. My miter saw cabinet is same height.

Good luck!

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#4 posted 08-09-2012 12:24 PM

I used a TS mounted router for several years before I had room for a stand alone table. No doubt the stand alone has several advantages (storage, simultaneous use with the TS, better DC, etc.). But I never felt disadvantaged with the one in the TS wing….and there is that big room savings part. The only thing I couldn’t figure out was a good dustcollection arrangement under the wing. My saw was on a mobile base so I couldn’t build anything heavy under it (that end of the saw was lifted by the base). I chose to just live with the clean up.

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#5 posted 08-09-2012 01:18 PM

I had a Bench Dog table in the left side of my unisaw and loved it. The table from the saw gave a lot of extra support that you cannot get from a stand alone router table. In addition you can also use the TS fence as an auxillary fence. I have since sold the unisaw but kept the router table. I now have it mounted to the left side of my Oliver. I like it and for someone who is limited on floorium it a perfect option

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#6 posted 08-09-2012 01:43 PM

A TS router table is a matter of necessity to me. It’s a compromise from a separate stand alone router table, but it’s a tremendous space saver that is a very reasonable compromise IMHO.

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#7 posted 08-09-2012 02:28 PM

I went round and round about this one too. I had a lot of ideas for different router table cabinets I was thinking about building. In the end, I ended up using a 20% off coupon from Rockler and getting the BenchDog router table extension wing like others have mentioned. It was kind of pricey, but I probably could have spent close to the same amount building a cabinet and outfitting it with t-track and a fence. In the end I was able to install the table saw extension in about an hour and was using it that same evening. I love the extra support it gives me on my saw when cutting sheet goods. I even took the wing I had on there before and moved it to the other side. I wouldn’t change a thing about my setup.

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#8 posted 08-09-2012 02:38 PM

I had the chance to use the TS router table that came with my old Ryobi BT 3000. I found the bit to be too low and it made it harder for me to see what was happening, especially on blind routerings where I had to stop at a defined point. I bought a PC table that I put on a stand, then upgraded to a Bosch which I love. My table saw extension for me makes a much better workbench and I use it as such.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#9 posted 08-09-2012 02:56 PM

Recently I was able to purchase the Incra TS/LS Combo – 1 ( router on left side of saw) mounted on a Rigid TS3650. Love the accuracy and repeatability. There are plans for extra dust collection that include a box mounted around your router. I am finding out though , I need to plan out my projects better, (read the instructions), because I have had to work around needing to rip an additional board after I have “zeroed/centered the router bit”. Space/money was the driving point for the combo set, if I had more I would have opted for separate components.

-- I may be slow, but I'm easy to stop!!!

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#10 posted 08-09-2012 03:01 PM

Mine is mounted with my ts as well. It’s that way because I was in the right place at the right time, so to speak, when I was first settin up my ts. A friend was gettin rid o his ts top, so, well, I got it. I had to make a few adjustments here n there, but, it works for me for now.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#11 posted 08-09-2012 03:33 PM

TS mounted router, Incra LS-TS 32 with the wonderfence router table fence. By far the best and cheapest method for an outstanding router table AND table saw set up.


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#12 posted 08-09-2012 04:14 PM


After taking a quick look at the TS extension & where the router would be, I decided I would NOT like it.

I went with a dedicated Router Table… and I am not sorry of the decision…

I can setup a Router operation and leave it until I am completely done with it… without any conflict from a table saw setup messing it up, etc.

I like it this way… seems to be more functional for me…

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#13 posted 08-09-2012 04:24 PM

I do have issues sometimes with the router in the TS, but I’ve been using my new craftsman router in the table when I have to switch between router and TS a lot. The really nice thing about the craftsman setup (I reviewed that router, the professional one) is I can drop the motor from the fixed or plunge base without messing with height adjustment at all. It takes two seconds to pop it back in and get to routing.


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#14 posted 08-09-2012 04:28 PM

I had this one got rid of it. I like separate tools much better. Maybe my style or inexperience, but it just wasn’t working for me. Lots of folks like it, I tried to. The space savings wan’t worth the downside.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#15 posted 08-09-2012 04:37 PM

I have a Benchdog TS router table/TS table extension and I wouldn’t change a thing …. except get another one for the other side of my TS. The Benchdog extension is so much better than the Craftsman extensions I have.

Having the router table as part of the TS may require a little more planing of the work sequences i.e. the router is set up and crosscutting a long piece means altering the RT set up. Think ahead a bit more!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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