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I would like top-adjustment on my router table. But getting one looks like it will not be an inexpensive venture.
The nice universal ones like the Rockler go for a bundle. Not in my price range. But the Bosch goes for $59 on Amazon. Don't know if my PorterCable would fit it or not.
Anyone else struggle with approach to a solution?
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The bosch fixed base will not fit the PC router. If PC doesn't offer a solution, then your options are to buy a lift, buy a router that has lift like features built in, or make your own lift.

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The bosch fixed base will not fit the PC router. If PC doesn't offer a solution, then your options are to buy a lift, buy a router that has lift like features built in, or make your own lift.
Make my own ... sounds fascinating.
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Many new routers offer above table adjustments. In many cases the router is cheaper than a lift is and the other bonus is that you will have a new router which is much better than just having a new lift.

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True, but do any of the "above the table adjustable routers" have a locking mechanism that you can work from above the table. I believe the Triton doesn't. Not the end of the world but locking seems to be overlooked sometimes.

There are lots of plans for shop built router lifts. If you can do reasonably precise work, it should be pretty easy. Start at google.
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True, but do any of the "above the table adjustable routers" have a locking mechanism that you can work from above the table. I believe the Triton doesn't. Not the end of the world but locking seems to be overlooked sometimes.

There are lots of plans for shop built router lifts. If you can do reasonably precise work, it should be pretty easy. Start at google.
I watched one YouTube video. It was pretty involved but seemed to operate nicely. Still, for me it would be a half-day's work, or longer, to make. Not really in my plans.
I might try to design one myself that can be adjusted from above.
That would certainly take more time but at least it can be done in the evenings separate from other tasks.
I'm thinking a bicycle chain, small sprockets, and a single turning point might work

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Collins...try this out for ideas on building your own...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfjeS5jolBs

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The jessem rout r lift is a more affordable lift than many others and works well for lighter routers
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With a Bosch 1617 under my table, i've not seen the need to add a lift. But...i am considering building the one that RF member Al B Thayer designed and has posted pictures of here on the Forums. http://www.routerforums.com/table-mo...ever-seen.html The thing that makes the most sense to me on his is hanging it on the wall of the cabinet to take the weight off the table top. I'm going to buy his plans, probably do some mounting modification to fit the cabinet/top i want to use. With only a portable heater in my garage, it'll be at least a month before starting (okay--probably longer, who knows how long!!). I don't know if my desire is to have a lift or to test my ability to build one!! Just seems like something i'd like to try. For the difference in cost compared to a commercial lift--i can buy 100 bf or so of 20 year old air dried walnut from a local sawyer. Or--200 bf of fresh red cedar (that i'd have to wait to dry, but my wife has a project she'd like).

Just my 2 cents. Add $5.48 and 20 minutes at a drive up window and you might be able to buy a cup of famous coffee!!

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I have a lightly used Rockler lift that I've retired since buying a Triton. Private message me for shipping and price. It includes the mounting plate.
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