|Forum topic by crank49||posted 08-22-2013 04:08 PM||1026 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
08-22-2013 04:08 PM
I was just reading a forum question/discussion about router lifts (link is here http://lumberjocks.com/topics/52633 ) and I started to enter this question, and it occurred to me that might be hijacking the other thread, so I am starting another thread here.
This whole discussion brings up a question I have always had about routers and router tables in general.
It seems insane to me that a router table could cost as much as some table saws. I know that is comparing apples to oranges to some extent, but still it baffles me as to why.
A router mounted to the bottom of a table is perhaps more like a circular saw mounted to the bottom of a table. That’s a more “apples to apples” comparison. Why is there not a huge market for circular saw tables?
Then I wonder, is there a substantial stationary equivalent to a router, like a table saw is to a circular saw? Wouldn’t that be a shaper? Isn’t a shaper a heavy duty, induction motor, belt driven stationary cast iron tool that does what a hand held router does?
If that is the case, why do people appear to be willing to spend several hundreds, even over a thousand dollars on a hacked together table, mounting system, lift, and fence and fixtures etc. to build a “Router Table” when a shaper is the same thing, already built and designed as a stationary tool?