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I have an older small Sears router table, model # 25475. It has fixed holes in the table for router mounting, not a drop in plate. I want to be able to use other brands of routers in this table. Is that even possible? I see Sears offers different drop in plates for some of their newer tables that allows the use of other brands. Is there a way to adapt this older table to other routers, or should I just scrap the table? Thanks.

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If thats the Sears table I am thinking about, it is one that I had years ago. I wouldnt bother trying to adapt it. Just get a smallish piece of MDF or Baltic Birch plywood, cut a hole for your bits to go through, and mark the holes from whatever router(s) you have and drill them directly thru the new table top. Then use a piece of straight and knot free3/4" anything for your fence, and "C" clamps to secure it to the table
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Thanks for the advice. I think I will do that. I'll probably use plywood. I can steal the fence off the old Sears table, then scrap the aluminum. Thanks again.
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The other option, of course, is to simply drill (and countersink) new mounting holes that match the router you want to use. You can use the sub-base plate from the new router as a template for marking the new hole locations. A self-centering center punch to mark hole centers is handy for this purpose.

If the operations you are doing on the old table require precision centering (e.g. with guide bushings mounted in the table), you'll probably need a separate centering kit of some sort to achieve higher precision.

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HI Mark

just scrap the table and make your own they are very hard to put in anything other than a Sears router.. pull the legs off and put the rest of it in the trash can..

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I have an older small Sears router table, model # 25475. It has fixed holes in the table for router mounting, not a drop in plate. I want to be able to use other brands of routers in this table. Is that even possible? I see Sears offers different drop in plates for some of their newer tables that allows the use of other brands. Is there a way to adapt this older table to other routers, or should I just scrap the table? Thanks.

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