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You'd take the springs out of the plunge tubes if it is a plunge router and just use the jack to raise and lower the router. I've seen one or two examples of that on this forum. You'd have to be careful you aren't interfering with the router's cooling air flow with that.

Many new routers come with above the table adjustment capability. The Triton routers score very high marks as a table router (but not as a handheld as they are top heavy) and they have above table capability. The Bosch 1617, Milwaukee 5625, my Hitachi M12V2, and some of the DeWalts I think have above table adjustment. That negates the need to purchase a lift and using one of those setups you can remove the router with plate attached and use it as such, something you couldn't do with a lift.

For all the older plunges without above table capability there is the Router Raizer: Router Raizer

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On the subject of lifts, I know that these are marketed as router lifts, but has anyone ever actually used one successfully??
I've seen car scissor jacks used, this one doesn't look any better to me. I do not have a router lift, and don't intend to get one. I much prefer just popping off the router plate, router and all, do whatever, or change routers and plates, and just drop them back into the table. I'm very satisfied with that.

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I suggest you buy a used one. Check on eBay. When buying used the price is mostly half or less what a new one cost in addition you will learn inexpensively what features you really want. Then if your first buy is not satisfactory you can sell it and get what you really want.
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I've seen those. Is that one of the cast plates? If so, how flat was the machining front and back? I've been a bit wary of those as I'd seen a lot of comments on Amazon about them not being flat, particularly on the back where you mount the router. The one I'd decided to go for is this one;

https://www.amazon.co.uk/TOOGOO-Alum...s=diy&sr=1-164

Which would appear to be made from sheet aluminium so, theoretically at least, should have a better chance of being flat

Yes, mine is cast. I had a good one that seems to actually be very flat. Your mileage may vary

I was pleased with the one I got, but I agree, the one you link to does look good.
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Oh bugger it Looks like there might be a bit of a delay on this. Took the car in for it's MOT yesterday (If anyone over the water doesn't know, it's a statutory yearly vehicle safety check for vehicles over 3 years old) and it failed so we now need to get £200 ish work done on it. So this will still happen, just might not be as soon as I'd hoped.
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I'm definitely more used to working on higher work surfaces and I'm somewhat constrained on the final height by the height of the router and wanting to leave space under it for a lift in the future. Having said that, my workmate does have folding leg extensions which do give me the option of lowering it by almost a foot if I need to. Also at some point, we're either going to move to a new house where I'll have a bigger work space or I'll be rearranging what I have now (Probably a bigger job than actually just moving ) and I can build a proper base for it to give it a good height.

On the subject of lifts, I know that these are marketed as router lifts, but has anyone ever actually used one successfully??

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stainless-S...&s=diy&sr=1-20

I'm thinking it's probably got a lower profile than a scissor jack.
Hi. I was using one of these on my Ken router (red one)before I got the Triton TRA001. Worked fine and could easily lift the router (springs removed) also allowed pretty fine adjustment. Once router height is set, as with other methods, need to engage the router height lock.

Another lift method I was using with the Ryobi router (green one) was this simple continuous thread idea.
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That really isn't anything but a scissor jack with a plate on it and it wouldn't work very well. The problem is that the purpose of a lift is to be able to make micro-adjustments to the bit height. With this contraption the screw part has too coarse of a thread. The slightest turn of the crank will raise the bit higher than as 1/32 of an inch.
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That really isn't anything but a scissor jack with a plate on it and it wouldn't work very well. The problem is that the purpose of a lift is to be able to make micro-adjustments to the bit height. With this contraption the screw part has too coarse of a thread. The slightest turn of the crank will raise the bit higher than as 1/32 of an inch.
interferes w/ the motor's cooling air too...
and acme threads are quite sloppy....
and I doubt the plastic housing on the motor is built to take all that compression and resonation...
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With this contraption the screw part has too coarse of a thread. The slightest turn of the crank will raise the bit higher than as 1/32 of an inch.
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...and I doubt the plastic housing on the motor is built to take all that compression and resonation...
Those were the exact two things I was concerned about. Having looked a little closer at the router I'll be getting (£200 worth of work on the car turned into £300 so going to be delayed a bit) one of these lifts would definitely block the cooling vents in the router so I think that this table at least will be without a bottom mounted lift which actually gives me a bit more leeway on the height of the whole thing.

I'm still going to build the table as soon as we order the insert plate, but for now I'll use it with the smaller router I already have and just take it a bit easier until I get a bigger one.

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Well, got some extra cash coming for my Birthday so after having to fork out to get the car fixed, fingers crossed I'm back on track. I've also been given a bit of kitchen worktop so I'm using that for the top. It's not as long as I would have liked but having looked at what I'll actually be doing on the router I think it will be fine and I can always add extensions at a later date if need be. Also I'm not going to bother with a lift for now, again I figure I can always add one later if I feel the need and can work out a way to fit one without blocking ventilation holes on the router.

So, I think this is probably the final plan.

Maybe.



It's sized to fit the worktop I have, the insert plate I'm getting and the spacing on my workmate to make sure it will clamp securely on and not go anywhere. If anyone can see any glaring issues I'd appreciate having them pointed out
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