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Springs easy to remove.
Cheap router lift available
Template guide 68mm like Markita.
Just need an adapter ring to use Porter Cable type template Guide Bush (us: Guide Bushings)

Good 1st Router - with variable speed and 1/2" collet

It is easy to make a table top lift with ANY plunge router.
In fact if you get a cheap ALU plate AUD$73 it comes with a DIY Tabletop router lift kit for you too.

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Aluminum...oAAOSwSFJagV8K
Plastic insert shown already accepts 1 3/8" type Porter cable Guide Bushings - I know as I have one.
NO NEED OF a TRITON OR BOSCH just to get a tabletop lift.
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As you probably have realised by now, for table mounting the springs must be removed. I've no hands on experience with this very nice router but I would think that removing the fine adjustment knob, it will take many turns, will allow the body to lift off the base with the springs sticking out ready to remove. It is most important to remember that the springs MUST be replaced if you ever want to use it hand held where it should perform perfectly, having reasonable power, variable speed, soft start and a multi-step turret.
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My plunges have a brass plug that goes between the column lock lever and the plunge tube. If yours has one it can fall out when you remove the base. Make that side is down so it doesn’t happen.

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As you probably have realised by now, for table mounting the springs must be removed. I've no hands on experience with this very nice router but I would think that removing the fine adjustment knob, it will take many turns, will allow the body to lift off the base with the springs sticking out ready to remove. It is most important to remember that the springs MUST be replaced if you ever want to use it hand held where it should perform perfectly, having reasonable power, variable speed, soft start and a multi-step turret.
Hi Harry
"MUST" is too strong a word.

As Philip suggested earlier there is a cheap heavy duty router lift available (AUD35) for plunge routers.
If one use such a lift, IMHO it won't be necessary to remove the springs.

I once remove the springs of my router then decided to put them back even though I only have a screw type lift.
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Hi Harry
"MUST" is too strong a word.

As Philip suggested earlier there is a cheap heavy duty router lift available (AUD35) for plunge routers.
If one use such a lift, IMHO it won't be necessary to remove the springs.

I once remove the springs of my router then decided to put them back even though I only have a screw type lift.
That's funny. I made one once to help "lift" a router that was hard wired into a Harbor Freight table. Yep, it was a plunge type router and miserable to adjust. So, I got a scissor jack and placed it under the router. Worked as well as could be expected.
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When you buy a AU insert plate (see my earlier post) it comes with a DIY lift kit (see attached).

For many plunge router such as my Hitachi M12V it is very easy implement. Just replace the side threaded rod that holds the base to the router motor with this long bolt provided. You just need to drill a hole on the base plate and a bigger hole on the sub base and the AL insert

The T-allen key provided allows lifting the router from on top of the table. If you know the TPI you can adjust the height by counting the number of turns or quarter turns of the T-allen key. If you think that is too slow, just fix a hex bit to your cordless drill so that you can move your plunge router up and down more quickly depending on the speed of the drill.
THERE is NO NEED to remove the springs then.
Removing the springs may even be bad if you are using spiral bits as the router may creep upwards or vibrate when there are no springs to hold it down.

BUT since the RYOBI RRT1600 has a 4 year replacement warranty, it is best to just buy and use the scissors lift & don't remove the springs to avoid voiding the warranty.
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As you probably have realised by now, for table mounting the springs must be removed. I've no hands on experience with this very nice router but I would think that removing the fine adjustment knob, it will take many turns, will allow the body to lift off the base with the springs sticking out ready to remove. It is most important to remember that the springs MUST be replaced if you ever want to use it hand held where it should perform perfectly, having reasonable power, variable speed, soft start and a multi-step turret.
I think you might have miss-read what I wrote......"It is most important to remember that the springs MUST be replaced if you ever want to use it hand held where it should perform perfectly"
"If you ever want to use it HANDHELD"

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My router plate is only held in by gravity so using a scissor lift without removing the springs wouldn’t work very well. Fortunately my M12V2 has above table adjustment capability.

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Some years ago I was busy with a number of projects and happened to be in our local recycling depot when I saw a table top router table which I bought for $3.00! I then went to our local pawn shop, The Cash Converters, and bought a Ryobi router which I modified for above table height adjustment. Here are a few shots taken during the conversion. This conversion idea could probably be used on many different routers.
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I guess Zippy got his answer and moved on. Sad because there is a lot of good info in this thread.

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