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The attached photo shows two different hand cranks for raising/lowering a table mounted router. The one on the left is for a Porter Cable 890 that came with a used router table I purchased at a widows tool sale. It has a 3" diameter "star" type knob and is too slow for my taste. The one on the right is from my Incra (built by Jessum) lift and is much faster. I am looking for a crank of the Incra style but it has to have 3/16" female hex end. Any thoughts on where I might find such a crank. Thanks.
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I use a mechanic’s speed handle like this one with a socket on the end. Hard to get faster than it is. https://www.harborfreight.com/38-in-...dle-62700.html
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And I just lift my router plate and router as one unit. Do whatever, and put them back. Never could see why people like router lifts.
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And I just lift my router plate and router as one unit. Do whatever, and put them back. Never could see why people like router lifts.
Me too. I have the 890 base on my router plate, and I never use the knob. It is faster to flip it out, change the bit, and snap the plate back in. The fixed base does have an adjustment knob on it that I can tweak from under the table. I have to get down on one knee to 'sight' the bit to whatever I am trying to adjust to, so I am already there.

I am a big fan of the KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) method.

That being said, a speed wrench is a great choice.

If you want, you can buy the rod by the foot and adapt it into a store-bought crank handle, or bend into a crank shape


https://www.speedymetals.com/pc-1053...-annealed.aspx
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Thanks for your suggestion. Unfortunately, I did not give you all the constraints. The original equipment Porter Cable adjusting rod is 3/8" OD and has to fit through a hole (only slightly larger than 3/8") in the router plate.
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Whether you like or dislike router lifts is very personal. For the work that I do, I won't have a router table without a lift. The only time I want to look at the underneath side of my router table is if I need to do a speed change. This particular router table setup has an Igaging digital height indicator that is attached to the PC890 so lifting the router/router plate for bit changes, height adjustment, ... is out of the question.
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Would the handle off a pipe clamp work? Free it from the threaded rod, then replace your star knob with the handle.

https://www.harborfreight.com/1-2-ha...lamp-3813.html
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I think your best bet would be to get a second hand crank made for the lift you have, and then modify it by making your own handle for it.

For what it's worth, I absolutely love having a lift my router table. I have found bit changes & setup to be much faster and much more accurate using the lift. To each their own.
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I think that is a great suggestion; had not thought along that line. The star knob is held on by a single machine screw so I should be able to make some kind of handle.
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I love my Jessem side winder lift and my Rockler crank lift. My suggestion is to remove the knob and replace with a crank. Also you might concider drilling a hole in the hand wheel and putting a bolt in to crank it , like the old steering wheel knobs of yesteryear.

Or something like this:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/RV-Designer...kAAOSwTt1cwQJB

Or you can buy a auto window crank handle and replace the knob
https://www.ebay.com/itm/1966-Ford-M...wAAOSwGBRcV0-g

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