Welcome Gary. I have no problems with lifts except for the cost. I opted to purchase a Triton TR001 router which has a crank to lift the bit above the surface from the top of the table thru a small hole in the router plate. I didn't really need another router but this was a lot less expensive that purchasing a new router table with lift or trying to make one myself that would work with my Dewalt router.
Basically, a tool is an object that enables you take advantage of the laws of physics and mechanics in such a way that you can seriously injure yourself - Dave Barry