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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-13-2020, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone of the forum know of Router lift that will work with a Router Tabel model RA1171, besides the Bosch Lift? I purchased the table and router both Bosch and then I purchased the Bosch Router Lift. My thinking being, all being sold by the same company, I would have a good working arrangement. (WRONG) The lift just does not work well at all. I have tried everything anybody has told me would work. I have not had great success yet. I am to the point that a new table and lift are going to be purchased and the Bosch Table and Router lift to go on a very cheap listing price. If someone has an idea of how to fix the issues I am all ears. The lift does not operate smoothly and will not hold tightly and will slip down. It is very hard to adjust up and down. I would like to have a lift that the bits can be changed out from above the table.
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I have a bosch 1617 in my Rockler lift and it works great. Also have an old 3hp. PC in a jessem table and jessem master lift. It works great too, both allow above table bit changes.
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Don't have a router lift, nor will I ever get one. My preference is lift the router, plate and all, out of the table. Then either replace the bit, or if I want to change the bit, drop in a different plate with a different router and bit in. Five routers, five plates. Simple.

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I went through exactly what you are describing - the reason I bought the Bosch table in the first place. Their ‘lift’ is abysmal.

I bought Jessem’s Rout-R-Lift II ($149 shipped on eBay), routed 1/16” off each side to fit into the Bosch cavity - no problems. Used the Bosch levelers and bolted it down afterwards. Might have drilled a new hole into the table top but minimal mod at worst.

It runs $189 normally - I happened on a seller at the time and it was a new unit, so no harm, no foul. Hope you find a lift for your table. It changes everything...
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Probably the main issue will be plate size. Rockler lift plates are different from JessEM, Incra and so on. Though, you seem to be torn between wanting to keep the Bosch table and getting rid of it.

A lot of us build our own router tables. It's kind of a rite of passage. Here's mine. There are lots of plans out there and quite a few people here that will help you think through your design.
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I had the 1617 and a Rockler lift, but sold the lift to Herb a while ago. I replaced it with a Triton TRA001, which is a BIG 3.14 horse router that works incredibly well in the table. I mostly use the router in the table. Safer almost always than hand held. The cost is not far from the same as a high end router lift, and you get a beefy router to boot. I still have the two 1617s, but find myself reaching for a small, hand held Bosch Colt for a lot of projects. Nothing wrong with the Bosch machines, mind you, but Harry Sinclair, an old time member, turned me on to the Triton.
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Thanks, this sounds like the right fix.

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I thank you and appreciate your response.

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Mr. Rat, I appreciate your helpful thoughts. But be careful around Mr. Sinclair, he is a cagey one. Thank You.

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Mr. Rat, I appreciate your helpful thoughts. But be careful around Mr. Sinclair, he is a cagey one. Thank You

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