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Default Sears Pro Table (aluminum) lift available?

Hi all, 1st post - should be in introductions, but I'm kinda busy.

And I'm a little bit new at this. I have a Sears Professional Table, and in the course of my first project with it, found that the the router plate was not flush with the rest of the table. It may have been only a 32nd or so down but it was enough.

Then, I had this old Porter Cable 6900 series router hung off it and the clamp nut broke, so I'm thinking, can I kill two birds with one stone? I could then put what's left of the Porter Cable Router under the table on a lift, and maybe the lift kit would have a way to insure the router plate insert is flush with the table.

Either that or I have to fins a way to shim that insert up and get another router!

Thanks all, I'll check back tomorrow!

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If you take the router plate loss probably 4 screws on top should be adjuster screws to level underneath probably just flathead screws that adjust up to raised that low corner then just put the holdown screws after leveled.
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Sears is not a standad plate probably no lift for the table.
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Hang it all! You gotta figure Sears would pull a stunt like that. Just to be freakin' stubborn, I ought to make up a drawing and have a buddy of mine machine a new one that would be more universal. Criminee, I'm surprised someone hasn't thought of that already, one may be able to sell something like that!

Now, so far I like their pro router, which I had to put under there after I broke the Porter-Cable. Their adjuster seems to be good to withing a couple of mils, it's graduated in 1/256" (or what - 0.0039") and I'm hotting my tolerances well. The variable speed feature is great for a newbie like me. I was actually able to machine mating profiles for the side/bottom rails of a raised panel door, and that would have gone a whole lot easier if not for the "recessed" router plate on that table!

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Oh, sorry, there was only one of you! Thanks, roofner!
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Hang it all! You gotta figure Sears would pull a stunt like that. Just to be freakin' stubborn, I ought to make up a drawing and have a buddy of mine machine a new one that would be more universal. Criminee, I'm surprised someone hasn't thought of that already, one may be able to sell something like that!

Now, so far I like their pro router, which I had to put under there after I broke the Porter-Cable. Their adjuster seems to be good to withing a couple of mils, it's graduated in 1/256" (or what - 0.0039") and I'm hotting my tolerances well. The variable speed feature is great for a newbie like me. I was actually able to machine mating profiles for the side/bottom rails of a raised panel door, and that would have gone a whole lot easier if not for the "recessed" router plate on that table!

Thank you both,

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Hi Tom - yeah, Sears is just arrogant enough to think they can drive the market. Turned me off 'em 30+ years ago and I don't see 'em gettin better.
Gary is probably right about having adjusting screws on the plate, otherwise, just some shim stock around the edge should do it. With the router hangin on it and fence sitting on it, it's not goin anywhere.
Not familiar with the clamp system you have so have no clue what broken nut you are talking about, Plastic nut? Can it be replaced? I do have to give Sears some credit for parts availability, course also give them lashes for shipping ripoffs.
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John:

Yeah, I got turned off by them as far as anything requiring parts, but I had a deal on credit card or something and couldn't pass it up. Really, the Sears pro router is quite good, so far. I guess as long as I don't need parts for it, I'm good!

My Porter Cable that broke was a little 6902, and I could get a part, but it probably isn't worth it - the base as well as the fine adjustment was broken when it was given to me and it was only good for hanging under a table; lacking a lift, I had enough of the base for that. But then I couldn't get it to clamp up. I don't know if I somehow cross-threaded the clamp screw or what but I ended up breaking the stupid thing.

So yeah, I'll likely just shim as you said. I THINK I can adjust the Sears router from atop the table, I gotta check the manual!

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The leveling problem should be simple as I described. If all that is broke is the nut replace it and level the router.
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The leveling problem should be simple as I described. If all that is broke is the nut replace it and level the router.
Yes, sir, I agree. I was just hoping that a lift may be out there, because the fine height adjustment on the Porter-Cable is broken (as well as part of the base but I have enough of that to attach it to the plate), so it's not so easy to adjust the height of the thing. As usual, the motor is just fine and if I could, it'd work just fine with a lift.

But, stubborn as I am not to discard perfectly good motor, it's probably be cheaper to just buy another router for under the table an level as you & John have described. One that could adjust from above the table!

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Yes, sir, I agree. I was just hoping that a lift may be out there, because the fine height adjustment on the Porter-Cable is broken (as well as part of the base but I have enough of that to attach it to the plate), so it's not so easy to adjust the height of the thing. As usual, the motor is just fine and if I could, it'd work just fine with a lift.

But, stubborn as I am not to discard perfectly good motor, it's probably be cheaper to just buy another router for under the table an level as you & John have described. One that could adjust from above the table!

Thanks!

Tom
Hi Tom - this one will do as you asked and probably cheaper than messing with what you have
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