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I recently purchased a Freud RTS5000 or RTS5300, not sure which, for the Milwaukee router that was installed. I'll be using that on a SawStop lift and table. I was planning to sell the Freud table but thought it might be handy as a backup or just for my stock of 1/4" bits. The Freud table has a plate that was intended and is pre-drilled for their router, which as I understand is no longer available. So, if I keep this table what would be a good router for it? Would I be able to adjust the height from on top?
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You will probably have to redrill the mounting holes so a Bosch 1617 with a fixed base ,remove the phenolic base and bolt it to the underside of the table. It is made for above table height adjustment. You might have to drill an additional hole in the table top to run the adjusting wrench through.
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Thanks Herb! I didn't know Bosch made the RA11605 base that allows adjustment over a router table. The link you provided shows a similar Porter Cable setup but can't find it on their website. Any manufacturers beside Bosch that make something similar?
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Thanks Herb! I didn't know Bosch made the RA11605 base that allows adjustment over a router table. The link you provided shows a similar Porter Cable setup but can't find it on their website. Any manufacturers beside Bosch that make something similar?
The Bosch 1617 fixed base router is made to mount under the table after you remove the Phenolic base plate. The height adjustment on the router base is made to allow a crank from above to adjust it up and down. You might have to drill new holes for both mounting the base and for the crank to go through the top.
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My Hitachi M12V2 adjusts from above but it's already discontinued and I don't know if the newer VE model has that capability. I had an FT 2000 Freud and I know why they quit selling them. They weren't very well made. Mine died very prematurely.

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I bought the Freud too on sale just as they were closing them out. They looked exactly like the Milwaukee I had in my table. I never got to use it, lost it in the fire.
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