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Along with the router lift I want to upgrade my table mounted router I am considering a different plate. The one I have now seems sturdy enough, it is a plastic composite. I was considering getting a 1/4" aluminum plate. Is there really much difference? I can get a piece of aluminum that would do the trick at $13.00 but by the time I have the holes drilled and the center hole counter sunk to receive a plate the price is equal to the ones I find on line.

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Generally aluminum plates are 1/4" thick & phenolic & plastic plates are 3/8" thick to resist bending with the router attached.

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The one thing that a store bought plate usually comes with is the ability to use inserts for different diameter bits. You don't want a large hole in the plate & use a small diameter bit. This can be unsafe & things happen. You usually remove the stock baseplate & mount the router base directly to the plate in your table.

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The ability to use inserts is important to me. I have made my own inserts, but now use the Jessem ones which lock and fit well.
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The design of the insert interface, and the ability (or lack thereof) to use guide bushings in an insert is probably the most important differentiator between plates and lifts with built-in plates.

For example, I like the robust design of the BenchDog Pro lift I use with my PC 7518 in the table, but their three-screw insert design . . . well, sucks.

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Along with the router lift I want to upgrade my table mounted router I am considering a different plate. The one I have now seems sturdy enough, it is a plastic composite. I was considering getting a 1/4" aluminum plate. Is there really much difference? I can get a piece of aluminum that would do the trick at $13.00 but by the time I have the holes drilled and the center hole counter sunk to receive a plate the price is equal to the ones I find on line.

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Not sure I understand the question. You are shopping for a lift AND a plate?
I haven't got a lift but I think you use one or the other, why both?

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The design of the insert interface, and the ability (or lack thereof) to use guide bushings in an insert is probably the most important differentiator between plates and lifts with built-in plates.

For example, I like the robust design of the BenchDog Pro lift I use with my PC 7518 in the table, but their three-screw insert design . . . well, sucks.
IMO, Incra's magna-lock inserts are the cat's whiskers.. whether in a plate or their co-branded Incra/Jessem Mast-R-Lift or Incra/Woodpeckers PRLv2. They're held in place with 4 rare earth magnets and have "ears" for alignment.

Kinda pricey but really nice.. they have 6-8 sizes of inserts including one for PC bushings.

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