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Forum topic by WoodNDust posted 11-05-2013 02:24 PM 1738 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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WoodNDust

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11-05-2013 02:24 PM

Topic tags/keywords: rockler router fence router table

I just started getting email from Rockler about Ready2Rout Router Table Fence. At first I just saw the $599.99 price tag and the “Spend less time tediously adjusting your fence, and more time producing in the shop!” and thought, “That’s a mighty expensive looking fence.” Well, after a third email on this product, I decided to watch the Youtube video, and “WOW!” I’m amazed. If it really does what the video shows, then this could be one very fun tool.

I realize these must be very new. Has anyone seen one of these in action at a Rockler store or trade show, etc.? Any thoughts about the longevity of a computer programmable fence like this?


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Bill White

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#1 posted 11-05-2013 03:30 PM

Pretty darned slick, but too rich for my blood.
Bill

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WoodNDust

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#2 posted 11-05-2013 03:40 PM

I was thinking a bit too rich for me too. But then I thought more. And thinking is probably the wrong thing to do when it comes to a big tool purchase that’s really more of an extravagance. It can be a very slippery slope. I mean one wants to think about it and perhaps read reviews, seek advice on LJ and then perform a methodical comparison. But thinking about and perhaps dreaming about all the ways that this, unnecessary, tool can be used.

Well, it’s almost in my shop already. My only saving grace was that I locked the credit cards in a safe box and tossed out the key. Now, I’m taking a break from drilling out the lock. I sure hope my Internet connection dies before I get the box open. LOL.

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#3 posted 11-05-2013 03:41 PM

Usually with electronics the price comes down with time as more
manufacturers enter the market.

Super cool video, thanks for posting.

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#4 posted 11-05-2013 03:44 PM

Jeebus…the last thing I want is a computer in my shop. shiver

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WoodNDust

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#5 posted 11-05-2013 03:48 PM

I have been really considering a Incra Systems LS 25 Super System Router Fence and Table. Incra makes some fantastic precision stuff. I’ve heard very good things about them. Then I saw the Ready2Rout. And I like tech stuff. But motorized and computerized mechanical parts seem more prone to wear out than a manually operated Incra. They’re both cool. Very cool. By the way, I like how Rockler points out that the Ready2Rout will get updated software in the future for additional functionality.

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#6 posted 11-05-2013 03:50 PM

Slick, for sure. Pretty soon, I bet, there will be something similar fpr the table saw, drill press and band saw. Bound to happen, and probably started with the CNC stuff.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#7 posted 11-05-2013 04:10 PM

I saw it on the Rockler home page a while ago. I think it’s a great idea, and seems well-executed. Too rich for my blood, though. If I had the money I’d be all over that thing.

With all the advancements in 3D printing, CNC, and other computer-controlled fabrication, it was only a matter of time before the home shop got into the game.

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WoodNDust

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#8 posted 11-06-2013 08:59 PM

waho6o9 – I agree with you about greater competition and possibly lower prices or perhaps better products.

PaulDoug – more of this computerized/digital technology is coming to the home user for sure.

jonah – too rich for me too.

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WoodNDust

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#9 posted 12-08-2013 04:35 AM

I’ve still been looking at the Ready2Rout from Rockler. And I came across a very nice review of this product from Tom Hintz of NewWoodworker.com. Tom includes a very nice review you can read and a video that shows it all. Here’s the link.

http://www.newwoodworker.com/reviews/rdy2rt.html

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#10 posted 12-26-2013 08:36 AM

just talking to a guy a Rockler yesterday about it. He seemed pretty enthusiastic about it. He said that they working on a computerized lift to go along with it and that it was coming sooner than later. May be worth it to wait a bit on this one to see where they take it.

-- Family, Friends, Jiu Jitsu, Woodworking. Order varies daily!

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