In another thread relating to router table tops, Forestgirl made the interesting point that rather than get one of the expensive router lifts, she would get a shaper. I have the Bosch Fixed/Plunge kit, use occasionally but no table and was considering a table and lift. The work I do (wooden boats) has not had great demand for the router but in the future (cabinetry,etc.) I expect a router (or shaper?) will be valuable.
Question is ” What are the factors that would cause one to buy a shaper versus a router(with table and lift)?” I note that router manufacturers don’t make shapers and vice versa. Also thumbing through my recent Tool Crib catalog, I note shapers can run from a Delta “bench(?)” type for $239 to a Powermatic for about $2500.
All to say, this issue of routers,tables,lifts, and shapers seems confusing to me; can you all shed some light and guidance?