Best Router tables of 2016: The Complete Guide

best router table 2016Whether you are a weekend woodworker or a dedicated pro, we have put together reviews of the best Router tables available in 2016.

Are you looking for a router table that is compatible with your existing router, has an excellent fence that allows you to route wood of all sizes complete with a large table surface? Do you need an excellent mounting plate? Are looking to get the most out of your hard earned money?

Well good news, we have taken a look at the top selling router tables available in 2016 and provide you with reviews on them all. We provide all the details you will need to ensure you make the right choice.

If you’re searching for the overall best router table with regards to precision and performance then we recommend the Kreg PRS1045 Precision Router Table System.

If you are looking for an extension to your existing table saw we recommend the Bench Dog Tools 40-102 ProMax

If you are looking for a more affordable option, that provides the best value for money we recommend the Bosch RA1181 Benchtop.

THE BEST ROUTER TABLES 2016

Not all of these routers are not for everyone as some of them have a large price-tag.

However, you can be certain that there are models available whatever your budget and all those in our top 5 router table list are worthy of your money.

Table NameWidth and DepthWeightRouter Plate Included? 
Kreg PRS1045
Editor's Choice
24" x 32"54 lbs Check Price
Bench Dog Tools 40-102 ProMax
Best Table Saw Extension
27" x 16"60 lbs Check Price
Bosch RA1181 Benchtop
Best Value for Money Router Table
27" x 18"34.4 lbs Check Price
Bench Dog 40-001 ProTop Contactor
Best Mid Range Table
24" x 16"43.2 lbs Check Price
Kreg PRS 2100
Best Of The Rest
24" x 24"28.4 lbs Check Price

Best Router Tables for Serious Professional Woodworkers, serious hobbyists and enthusiasts

1. Kreg PRS 1045
 – Best Router Table to buy in 2016

This router table is the best available right now. A minimal router table with a sturdy design, lots of working space and safety features to keep you safe while working.

The Kreg PRKreg PRS1045 Router Table SystemS 1045 is our top pick for 2016. It is among the most precise tables we have ever reviewed. It is superbly constructed and every component is designed to help you achieve the most precise cuts to your wood.

The Fence

Made from aluminium, the fence is lightweight and is totally enclosed. This creates a vacuum chamber the full length of the table and creates an excellent dust collection system.

It is a newer, type T style (The PRS 1015) which aligns perfectly to the miter slot. It is really simple to use. All you have to do is to push the handle down to lock it.

It adjusts easily with just one hand, and locks firmly in place with dual locks: a large paddle lock on the in-feed end, and a quarter-turn lock on the out-feed end that prevents fence deflection.

The fence is comprised of two individual fence faces allowing you to correct it flawlessly for large work pieces.

The only downside we can really think of is that the table doesn’t come pre-assembled so you’ll need to take some time to put it together for use. This is such a minor gripe as 95% of router tables don’t come pre-assembled

Other things of note

The table has a 1″-thick (25mm) MDF core that absorbs vibration and offers mass to help create a stable router table.

It comes with a stand that can be adjusted from 31″ to 39″ (78.7cm to 99.1cm) high, and has levelers to compensate for uneven floors. Plus, the stand has pre drilled holes that make it easy to mount accessories and to customize the stand.

Despite having to assemble the table, constructing it is a breeze. The directions are clear and informative and the table top comes with pre drilled holes so you know exactly how everything is supposed to fit together.

Nevertheless, thsis is a one off thing you need to do and there is a decently detailed manual and the components are well-packaged. This makes it as simple as it can be.

ProsCons
Very precise cuts achievable
Great Fence
Adjustable Stand
Doesn't come pre assembled

2. BenchDog 40-102 ProMax Cast Iron Router Table – The best table saw extension

It reallBenchDog 40-102 ProMaxy is a gem for smaller workshops

This table is considerably heavier than your typical table, which minimizes vibrations to help with precision and helping keep everything stable. If you have a smaller workshop and do not have space for a stand alone router table this is an excellent option.

The benchDog 40-102 ProMax has very a good dust collection system and the router plate (available separately) can be leveled perfectly as this extension has 10 different adjustment points.

 

The Fence

This table comes complete with the Benchdog ProFence. This runs on a cantilevered gripping system to support the fence and keep everything in position. The fence locks down very tightly and is nice and rigid.

It s built of solid aluminium and contains sub fence faces that are independently adjustable .

You should note that this doesn’t come with a router plate and you will need to buy one sepreately. Secondly, this is a really hefty table (cast iron) so you will need to get a buddy in to assist you with the mounting.

Other things of note

We recommend you buy the Bench Dog version of router plate and lift if you don’t want to bother with having to modify your existing setup or a new purchase to accommodate your router.

It is not possible to install this router table to the left side of a table saw that has a left tilting blade. This is because left tilting table saws bulge out a little bit on the left making it nearly impossible to screw in the center bolt.

It will fit a rigid table saw although you may have to drill some additional holes and add a few extra bolts depending on which end you want to put it and which brand of table saw you have.

ProsCons
Very solid unit will minimize vibrations
Great if you have limited space in your workshop
Router plate can be leveled perfectly with about 10 adjustment points.
Does not come with a router mounting plate
Difficult to mount by yourself because of the weight

Best Router Tables for DIYers and Hobbyists

3. Bosch RA1181 Benchtop Router Table – Best Value for Money Router Table 

Bosch RA1181 Benchtop Router TableBosch RA1181 Benchtop is the number 1 best seller on Amazon for good reasons.

It offers affordability with decent performance. This is great for a DIYer or hobbyist as at this price range it is hard to complain about the performance and functionality the Bosch RA1181 offers.

The Bosch RA1181 arrives nicely packaged complete with two three mounting-plate insert bands, a pre drilled mounting plate and all the accessories you will need to mount it. There is a twin outlet 15 Amp switch that has overload protection,a clear guard (also adjustable), a crank pin with guard, two adjustable feather boards, and two 1/16″ fence shims.

The dust collection system works well. There is a a 35 mm port but you can buy an adapter if you have a more robust 2 1/2″ hose.

It has been noted by users that the work surface is somewhat uneven. We did not have this problem with our model but it does seem to be a common gripe. (Perhaps it was a problem with older versions?)

The fence is removable; however, the vacuum port is built into the fence and is not available when the fence is removed.

The table is constructed from an aluminium top and has a solid plastic base.

It took us about an hour to setup from when we started un-boxing to when we had it ready to go. The instructions were clear and setup was made easier by the mounting plate being pre drilled to match our router. In fact the mounting plate is pre drilled for a wide variety of the most common routers. Levelling the mounting plate took us a little time

The width of the miter slot is 0.784″ (19.91 mm). It uses a conventional miter guide that doesn’t have side wheels.The distance between the edge of the miter slot closest to the router arbor and the center line of the arbor is approximately 4 7/8″

Bosch makes a entry level lift that will work on this table. But I believe it will only work with Bosch router. Other lifts may take some modifications.

ProsCons
Very affordable
Well Contructed
Reports of some models not being flat.
Leveling the mounting plate got a little frustrating

4. Bench Dog 40-001 ProTop Contractor – Best mid range router table

The Bench Dog 40-001 ProTop is a fairly great examBench Dog 40-001 ProTopple of a benchtop router table that arrives complete with almost everything you may need to take on any wood work project.

It is small, although decently sized and is easy to put toegther when following the instructions. It took us about an hour and half including reading all the instructions.

The Fence is constructed with solid aluminium extrusion and is one piece. This means doesn’t need any complex setup procedures that usually apply with a 2-piece fences. The fence is removable although you lose the dust collection system if you do.

Both the infeed and the outfeed adjust independently so you can use this as a jointer for small boards.

A little negative is that you’ll must open the table door to access the on/off switch. Another negative is that dust accumulates inside the cabinet.
There is a cutout to feed your power cord through. The cabinet doesn’t have a hole for dust collection inside the cabinet and this is an issue as dust accumulates quickly inside the cabinet.
Also you need to open the cabinet to turn the router on and off which is annoying. It would be better to have switch on the outside.
This comes with a router plate that measures 8 1/4″ X 11 3/4″ which is the standard size for most router plates.
We recommend this table if you need a good amount of performance and functionality from your router table but do not want to spend top dollar on it.
ProsCons
Well constructed for a portable router table
Easily Adjustable
A good price
Lack of external power switch
Needs a hole inside the cabinet to collect dust

5. Kreg PRS 2100 Precision Router Table – Best of the rest

Kreg PRS 2100 Precision Router TableThis is a bare bones router table. It is basic but it does the job it is made for.

The PRS2100 features a wide 16″ x 24″ table top made with MDF and has and an aluminium fence that extrudes slightly which gives you extra flexibility when working.

The table also features a full-size router insert plate with precision plate levellers. We found that the plate leveling screws came loose with continuous use. We used a bit of thread lock to keep them in position which solved the problem.

Not the most user friendly table and although it does function well for a lower budget router table. You will most likely have to make lots of adjustments before you can take full advantage of it.

The mounting plate is not pre-drilled for any specific router.. it does however have a centering template pre-printed on the mounting plate that makes laying out the specific Router holes quick, easy and accurate. The exact size of the pre-drilled opening in the router table is 3 7/8″.

The fence isn’t overly elaborate. There are however, two adjustable sides. It features a T track enabling you to use the feather board either horizontally or vertically. You can also offset the fence so you can use this as a joiner.

The instructions and packaging were simple but informative and enabled easy construction of the table. It took roughly one hour to construct it and have it ready for use.
ProsCons
High quality and very sturdy
Decent Price
You will need to drill your own router mounting holes
Plate leveling screws kept coming loose
Plastic clips that hold the fence are not very good at keeping the fence secure

Buyers Guide to Router Tables

There are lots of variables that you should take into considerations when making the decision of what router table is best suited to your needs.

There are a few key points that you should always keep in mind when buying a table and we take into consideration when reviewing these tables.

1. Compatibility with your router

Does the router table function well with your present routers?

Although everyone has a different router, there are popular routers which are used by a large percentage of woodworkers. Although many tables can be modified if needed to fit any router it is worth checking the manufacturers list of compatible routers to see if your will work ‘out of the box’

2. Work Surface Dimensions and the Fence

We like tables with a larger work surface and with a decent fence enabling us to work with longer pieces of wood. Always measure tour work space to see what will fit.

There is not much difference between the table sizes of our top picks but we have included enough variety to suit both your work space and your budget. You can be confident that all our top picks have enough space for you to work on.

3. Accuracy, Power and Flexibility

Probably the most significant point is the the quality of work you can produce using your table. We complete several tests to ensure that the tables produce a high quality finish and give you enough flexibility to perform multiple tasks.

Final Words – Wrapping it up

The market for router tables is pretty saturated and there are many options to choose from. Finding the perfect router table is never an easy task. That is why we put together this list. We carefully selected these router tables keeping in mind both cost and the needs of woodworkers

We hope the list helps you to pick the best router table according to your budget. Do keep in mind that there’s no such thing as a “perfect” table, that’s why each router table is built to suit the need of different consumers.

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