The Bench Dog 40-300 ProMax Router Table is Bench Dog’s top of the range complete router table package including all of their top router table components – the ProMax RT Cast Iron Router Table Top, the 32-inch ProFence32 and the ProCabinet Baltic Birch Base.
There are many benefits to a floor standing router table, and if you’ve got the space in your workshop, and you’re looking for an enclosed, cabinet-style, floor standing router table, the Bench Dog 40-300 ProMax is one of the best router tables on the market for size, stability, and durability.
ProMax RT Cast Iron Router Table Top
The Bench Dog 40-102 ProMax claims to have the largest, flattest, most durable router table top on the market! Made from one solid piece of 1-1/2″ thick cast-iron this router table top measures 32″ x 24″ and weighs nearly 100 pounds, so it’s certainly got plenty of table top real estate and the cast iron means that as well as being very heavy and therefore stable, it absorbs vibration much better than other materials.
The surface of the table is machine-ground to within .008-Inch which makes it about as flat as you can get, ans with cast iron you know that if it starts out flat, it stays flat.
The downside is of course that you’re not going to be carrying it around with you anywhere, but if you’re looking for portability this isn’t the router table for you.
Or, to be more accurate, lack of one! This is the biggest downside of this router table – at a cost of $850 you shouldn’t have to buy a mounting plate in order to use the table.
The Bench Dog 40-300 ProMax has a plate opening measuring 8-1/4″ by 11-3/4″ to take the Bench Dog ProPlate. There are 4 different ProPlates to choose from (which is probably why they don’t supply a ProPlate with the table), pre-drilled to mount your specific router, and it fits over 20 of the most popular router models. There is an integral 12-point plate-leveling system which levels the plate flush with the table surface as well as locking it in place.
Router lift compatability
With a top-of-the-range router table like the 40-300 ProMax, a lot of people will upgrade immediately to a router lift and not bother with one of the ProPlates to mount your router.
If so, you need to make sure you get the right one because router lift mounting plates come in two standard sizes – 8-1/4-Inch by 11-3/4-Inch and 9-1/4-Inch by 11-3/4-Inch and the cut-out in the 40-102’s table top is the smaller size, 8-1/4-Inch by 11-3/4-Inch.
Obviously Bench Dog’s own model, the Bench Dog Tools 40-150 ProLift Router Adjustment System is designed for their tables, but most other manufacturers such as JessEm, Kreg, Incra and Woodpeckers use the larger 9-1/4-Inch by 11-3/4-Inch size on their tables and the default router lifts on sale from these manufacturers are the larger size.
Apart from Kreg they all produce a version to fit Bench Dog/Rockler tables, but you have to make sure you get the right one. We’ve put together a table showing the various lifts from the major manufacturers that fit the 40-300 and those that don’t.
|8-1/4-Inch by 11-3/4-Inch (for Bench Dog)||9-1/4-Inch by 11-3/4-Inch (NOT for Bench Dog)|
|JessEm Mast-R-Lift II 02121 Router Lift||JessEm Mast-R-Lift II 02120 Router Lift|
|Incra Master Lift II-R Designed for Rockler Tables||INCRA Mast-R-Lift-II Router Lift|
|Bench Dog Tools 40-150 ProLift Router Adjustment System||Kreg PRS3000 Precision Router Table Lift|
|Woodpeckers Precision Router Lift V2 350 for Bench Dog (PRL-V2-350-BD)||Woodpeckers Precision Woodworking Tools PRL-V2-420 Precision Router Lift|
|Woodpeckers Precision Router Lift V2 420 for Bench Dog (PRL-V2-420-BD)||Woodpeckers Precision Woodworking Tools PRL-V2-350 Precision Router Lift|
Finally, if you’ve already got a router lift and you’re thinking about buying a Bench Dog router table, check the dimensions of the router lift first.
Bench Dog ProCabinet
With the size and weight of the cast-iron ProMaxRT table top, a sturdy base is more important than ever, and the ProCabinet Baltic Birch Base is as solid as they come and easily supports the 100lbs table top making the whole unit extremely stable.
What Do We Like About The Base?
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What Are The Alternatives?
There’s not a lot of competition for the Bench Dog 40-300 ProMax, because there aren’t many floor-standing cabinet style router tables on the market.
What a lot of people do instead is buy an open style router table like the Kreg PRS1040 and build the cabinet themselves. With a stand made of pre-drilled steel legs, it’s just crying out to be customized. Kreg even produce plans and a cutting list to make it even easier or you can design it exactly how you like it.
If you want one straight out of the box, the Bench Dog 40-300 ProMax is the way to go.
The Bench Dog 40-300 ProMax Router Table is Bench Dog’s top of the range complete router table package including all of their top router table components – the ProMax RT Cast Iron Router Table Top, the 32-inch ProFence32 and the ProCabinet Baltic Birch Base. If you’ve got the space in your workshop, and you’re looking for an enclosed, cabinet-style, floor standing router table, there isn’t a lot of choice on the market. That’s not a problem though, because the Bench Dog 40-300 ProMax is one of the best router tables on the market for size, stability, and durability. You’ll never need to buy another one, that’s for sure.