I have this same Craftsman table extension in my Ridgid TS3650 and I'm very happy with it. I have a 2 1/4 horse Dewalt and I made an adapter plate to mount it with some plywood. The Craftsman adapter plate just didn't want to line up for me in any configuration.
As far as deflection, the directions tell you to replace one of the cast iron extensions with this, bolting it right to the cast iron table. I didn't do that, I added it on to make the table even larger.
The fence is "OK" but this doesn't compete with the $350 and up router tables I've seen, but for limited budgets and space, it's a great addition.
How does the craftsman compare to the benchdog extension?
I have seen the table extension and think it would be a good investment if you are lacking shop space. It also serves as a table saw table extension when you are not using your router. However, I have only seen this in the Craftsman catalogue, and do not consider myself an expert on such things.
[ 12-15-2004, 08:15 PM: Message edited by: buctooth ]
I would say it doesn't compare at all to the Bechdog, but neither does the price. I picked mine up at a pawn shop for $40, new, in the box. I don't know as I'd recomend paying the $110 for it unless you don't use it all that much, or plan to make a custom fence.