Mike the Moderator,
I beg to differ, I bought my lift for precisely the time saving it provides in bit changes and set-ups.
I no longer pull my router out of the table, bit changes and height adjustments are from table top.
Open door, push up on router, partially lift out, release cable from hook, (keeps cable from interfering with dust and chip collection), unplug router , set router on table, release plunge lock to lower router from base, release and change bit, set bit height, plug router lower router to hook cable, lower router into table. close door.
Unplug router, crank motor up till insert lifts off base, remove insert, release and change bit, replace insert, lower motor to zero out bit to insert, reset elevator gauge to zero, crank bit to height.
I save on average 40 seconds for bit switching on crank-ups over pulling the router out. I never timed set-up but I figure there's a minute plus there. The elevator gauge allows me to quickly and accurately return to previous settings.
I no longer hold the plunge lock lever open and fight the plunge springs while holding a previous profile against the bit to line it up.
I jot down elevations at mock-up and blow through each aspect during a run.
I know the cost of the lift and router is high, if the lift and router continue to perform in its current capacity the time savings during operations will surpass the cost in about 1 1/2yrs.
Never bite the hand that looks dirty!
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