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I'm in the process of installing some major upgrades to my router table. They include:
- new separate on/off switch
- shopmade below the table dust collection
- extreme extension for above table bit changes
- new Woodpeckers Unilift, and
- MLCS Daisy pin router

The Unilift has above the table height adjustment. My router is a PC 7539. It is used exclusively in the router table. The Unilift directions state I have the option of removing the springs from the router. Should I do so? What are the advantages & disadvantages of each approach?

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All table mounted routers should have the springs removed so that you don't have to overcome it/them for raising the router. The weight of the router plus gravity sends it south. When will some pictures be heading this way Bob?

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Take them out. Most of the time they will be under compression under the table. Remove them and they will be in perfect condition when you want to use them above the table
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All table mounted routers should have the springs removed so that you don't have to overcome it/them for raising the router. The weight of the router plus gravity sends it south. When will some pictures be heading this way Bob?
Unfortunately, I'm still living in the film age, but I have plans to get a digital camera, and, when i do,certainly pictures will be forthcoming. I will also need to figure out how to do the annotations you add to your photos, very helpful!

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Fortunately Kodak have or are about to stop making film so you had better start looking at digital cameras. The criteria that I decided on for my current Canon A2000IS were..........
large screen (3"), AA cells as distinct from a special built in battery, and macro, so that I could get close up shots.
When you're ready to add text etc. just ask, you will get heaps of answers as I did when I asked the question Bob.

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I'm in the process of installing some major upgrades to my router table. They include:
- new separate on/off switch
- shopmade below the table dust collection
- extreme extension for above table bit changes
- new Woodpeckers Unilift, and
- MLCS Daisy pin router

The Unilift has above the table height adjustment. My router is a PC 7539. It is used exclusively in the router table. The Unilift directions state I have the option of removing the springs from the router. Should I do so? What are the advantages & disadvantages of each approach?

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As I understand it the UniLift design works by raising and lowering a secondary plate (below the insert plate) to which your router is mounted. If I am correct about this, a plunge router in the UniLift will not compress when being lifted and so there is no real mechanical benefit to removing the springs. It might be a good idea to remove them anyway as having the springs compressed over a long period time will tend to weaken them...in the event you ever do decide to use it above the table. If you think you will be taking the router out of the table for occasional plunge routing, it might be easier to leave them in, one less thing to have to switch out. I really don't see a "wrong" answer here, in or out will not affect the UniLift's performance.

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