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Hello all,

I purchased my first router table a couple years ago, and do not know a ton about them. The table was hand-built and I really like most of it except the insert plate is 8 1/4" x 11 3/4" with a little shim (Old Woodcraft or Old Jessem size I believe), I have to take out 6 phillips head screws every time I want to change a bit, and not a huge fan of the fence.

I was originally going to try and template cut a new standard size insert plate when I stopped at MLCS today. I was very interested in their table top (Eagle America) with fence system. The one I looked at was a standard top at 9 1/4 x 11 3/4 I believe, but then I would also have to purchase the lift.

Does anyone have any recommendations or reviews on this? Is there something better I should be looking at? And lifts as well?

This is all hoping that I can get my table top off. I will include some photos. I run a 3.5hp Milwaukee fixed base production router in here.

Thanks!!
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Hey, Ryan; I'm the wrong guy to be offering advice on router tables...yours is a beaut incidentally...but my understanding is that especially with a honking big machine like yours, screwing it down shouldn't be necessary. That's a lot of weight pulling the plate down.
the only concern might be that the plate was a sloppy fit into the tabletop. As long as there's no side slop it ain't goin' nowhere.
Others may have better info.
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Hey, Ryan; I'm the wrong guy to be offering advice on router tables...yours is a beaut incidentally...but my understanding is that especially with a honking big machine like yours, screwing it down shouldn't be necessary. That's a lot of weight pulling the plate down.
the only concern might be that the plate was a sloppy fit into the tabletop. As long as there's no side slop it ain't goin' nowhere.
Others may have better info.
Dan, thank you for the reply. That unfortunate sloppy cut for the insert plate and the insert plate size is my biggest problem right now. That is why I am definitely in the market for a new top (without making it) and router lift to accommodate and easy bit change. Thanks!
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Hey, Ryan; I'm the wrong guy to be offering advice on router tables...yours is a beaut incidentally...but my understanding is that especially with a honking big machine like yours, screwing it down shouldn't be necessary. That's a lot of weight pulling the plate down.
the only concern might be that the plate was a sloppy fit into the tabletop. As long as there's no side slop it ain't goin' nowhere.
Others may have better info.

yep, yep, and yep....My 3.5hp Milwaukee is a tank.....I almost need a lift to get the lift out

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Ryan...

the good news is that Woodpeckers makes a lift for your router. I have it and got NO complaints!!! the bad news is, it ain't cheap!!

Precision Router Lift V2

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Wow, it sure isn't cheap. It looks like I might have one of the last 5626's in existence. Haha. Now do I redo everything and put my Bosch in or get the Woodpecker or Jessem plate and attempt to cut the hole better? Decisions Decisions...


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welp,,, around here, those that know and even those that pretend to know overwhelmingly lean towards Bosch...Hard to beat a good product and excellent customer service. But, when it comes to a dedicated table router, I'll stick my my Milwaukee 5625. Been running mine for going on 8 years or so and I'll get another when this one dies off. Right now, you got a good lookin' table and an excellent router....Modify your table for a quality lift that'll work with your Milwaukee and the money you save by not going with a whole new setup will pay in large part for the new lift...

plan B: doesn't your router have a through the table height adjustment?
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welp,,, around here, those that know and even those that pretend to know overwhelmingly lean towards Bosch...Hard to beat a good product and excellent customer service. But, when it comes to a dedicated table router, I'll stick my my Milwaukee 5625. Been running mine for going on 8 years or so and I'll get another when this one dies off. Right now, you got a good lookin' table and an excellent router....Modify your table for a quality lift that'll work with your Milwaukee and the money you save by not going with a whole new setup will pay in large part for the new lift...

plan B: doesn't your router have a through the table height adjustment?


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Made my own table, made my own router plates. All my routers are older 1/4" shank Craftsmen. The router plates are held in place nicely with just those small old routers. Personally, I would not have a router lift. I can pop my plates off, quickly and easily, adjust or change whatever, and pop it back in place.

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During our 3+ hp router comparison testing I found that the rubber strip designed to keep dust out of the adjustment hole kept binding when removing the wrench. The easy solution was to remove the rubber strip. Photo 2 shows the 5625-20 set up on a Router Workshop(Oak Park) mounting plate with a Musclechuck installed. The larger Oak Park and Lee Valley style guide bushings mount in a 1-1/2" through hole which allows the Musclechuck to pass through for easy bit changes. Note that like your set up the handles are removed so it is easier to get it in/out of the table.

The 5625-20 is a real work horse so perhaps this option is a good choice for you?
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