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has anyone tried the Router Table Plate from Harbor Freight it costs $20. and I am on a tight budget and thought this might be right for me but I dont want to buy a bad product.

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I have one, it seems to be a clone of the Rousseu (spelling) plate.

The are two issues I've had with it.

First, the four little leveling screws fell out of the four corners so now I shim it with blue tape to make sure it is flush to my router table's cut-out. Not a big deal, I could just find some slightly larger set-screws and replace them. Just haven't done it.

The second issue my particular one has is the smaller inner ring sets just a smidgeon low on one side. This causes a tiny lip that material can catch as it passes the bit. If I remember to check it and pop the ring, rotate 1/3 turn and snap it back the problem goes away.

For $20 it seems to be a pretty decent little plate. I've occasionally left the router hanging from it for several days at a time and so far, no problem. Not a habit to get into, better to remove the router and store it out of the table with these less expensive phenolic plates.
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I was going to buy it, but my issue was that I had no idea when it would get here, and at about $7 shipping plus possible tax, it put it close to the $35 that the MLCS plate was selling for. AFAIK, they are the same plate. I got mine shipped from Amazon for free, and I thought the $8 difference in the end was worth it.
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"The second issue my particular one has is the smaller inner ring sets just a smidgeon low on one side. This causes a tiny lip that material can catch as it passes the bit. If I remember to check it and pop the ring, rotate 1/3 turn and snap it back the problem goes away."

Not to bad, my $60 MLCS aluminum plate took about 15 thou in shims to get the rings sorta level..

Not a real big deal either, once it's fixed it stays that way.

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Hi Guys

Most know I'm a big fan of the HF plate, you can get the plate for 10.oo bucks ,no tax by the way, they send out catalogs all the time and on the back cover or front cover sometimes they will give you a gift card for 10.oo off and you will get it in the mail,that makes it about 17.oo at your door step..

To keep the screws from coming out ,a little drop of the blue stuff (gasket sealer) will keep the set screws in place.
The small dip on one side of the ring, is a good thing,your stock will just slide right over it and like John said with just a little turn the error is gone. mark the ring with a little dot (1/8" drill bit ) to get it back in the right spot every time..

Just put the number in at check out time (on line orders only) and you will see the gift ard in your mail box in about 5 days or less..the number can only be used one time and then it's dead...this one is a good one if anyone what's to use it..go for it
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