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I just found this plate on sale in the clearence section of the Hartville Tool site for $19.95 . Link to the page is here Hart Design Economy Router Plate not sure how long it will be there.
I was looking for an inexpensive (cheap) plate to use for my first router table and since the HF Plate seems to be discontinued I ordered this one today when I found it.
It is a little bit smaller than the HF or Woodpeckers plate but for my first table using a 1 1/2 hp router it should be fine. I also ordered the blank disk for it so I can cover the hole when the router is not in use and I can have the whole area available for working with out the hole. The plate and disk came to $30.85 with shipping to Ca.

Will find out how it works as soon as I can get it mounted in the table, which of course means I now have to get the table finished and ready to cut the hole for the plate.
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Bout time for Bobj3 to chime in how its not a good deal compared to the MCLS router plate,but getting past that good luck with it and let us know how it turns out,Tommyt654
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Well, it's smaller, thinner and cheaper than the MLCS plate but would likely be OK for a smaller router. I would order some more blanks though as you will likely want at least two extra inserts sized for smaller bits.

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John, it is a bit on the light side but I am only going to be using a 1 1/2 hp 1/4" bit craftsman router I just picked up for $25 at a yard sale, plus it is going to mounted in a fold down table installed in the carport so if it gets damaged by weather or whatever it won't be a big loss. also with the small size of the router I should be able to put plenty of support under it to prevent sag and the router won't be installed when it is folded away.
I will get a better plate when I have the room to build a real full size table for my Milwaukee.
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HI Tommy

No need you just did LOL
But the Hart plate has a real nasty down fall the ring is in place with very short screws that must be removed every time, when you want to switch out the ring or get to the collet nut and every time you do you take a chance of dropping the screws down into the router or they can back out when the router is running and drop into the router without you knowing it's free and under the fence and in the black hole in the fence, when you see what's going on it's to late,,,,most of the plates come with 1/4 turn or snap in rings or magnets that hold the rings in place..
It's true you can just not put the ring(s) in place but why use a plate with rings if you can't use them safe..

Plus it can't take on many of the panel big bits that are 3 1/2" in diam.the norm..

I know it's a long shot but Why would anyone want to play russian roulette with his router..


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HI Tommy

No need you just did LOL
But the Hart plate has a real nasty down fall the ring is in place with very short screws that must be removed every time, when you want to switch out the ring or get to the collet nut and every time you do you take a chance of dropping the screws down into the router or they can back out when the router is running and drop into the router without you knowing it's free and under the fence and in the black hole in the fence, when you see what's going on it's to late,,,,most of the plates come with 1/4 turn or snap in rings or magnets that hold the rings in place..
It's true you can just not put the ring(s) in place but why use a plate with rings if you can't use them safe..

Plus it can't take on many of the panel big bits that are 3 1/2" in diam.the norm..

I know it's a long shot but Why would anyone want to play russian roulette with his router..


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Hi Bob, my aluminum MLCS plate (the one I got with the table) has the itsy-bitsy screws to hold the insert in so I just leave them out for the stock inserts. The inserts I made are tight enough I gotta smack 'em with the palm of my hand to get them seated. haven't had any trouble with either of them but usually the fence is holding down at least part of the insert.

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Hi John

I do about the same my inserts came with 2mm set screws to keep them flat but they are made so well I just tap them in place also,my inserts are 1/2" thick Alum., just the other day I drilled one of them out to take on the 1 1/2" guides.. so could choke it down to the smaller router bits..A Tank spinning 1/8" shank bits what will they think of next...

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Hi Bob, my aluminum MLCS plate (the one I got with the table) has the itsy-bitsy screws to hold the insert in so I just leave them out for the stock inserts. The inserts I made are tight enough I gotta smack 'em with the palm of my hand to get them seated. haven't had any trouble with either of them but usually the fence is holding down at least part of the insert.



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