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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-22-2011, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
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I have two routers - a Ryobi R161 and a Skil 1825. I'm looking for some advice from experienced members about an inexpensive router lift. New to the forum, so apologies if this is not the right place for this question... Any help appreciated.

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Ed, router lifts are a part of table mounted routing so you nailed it. The least expensive option is to buy one of the Craftsman combo kit routers. This has a fixed base for table mounting and a plunge base for free hand work. I believe all the recent combo kits by all manufacturers have a through the table height adjuster. None of the router lifts are designed to work with your routers so the Craftsman combo kit which usually sells for about $100 is your best option. Instead of twisting the T wrench that comes with most versions you can turn it with a 3/8" drive speed handle or use a bit in a cordless drill. Keep in mind that a router lift does nothing to improve your routing and it is faster to swap bits by lifting the router out of the table. In your shoes I would rather invest in more router bits.

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The cheapest router lift is the one you make yourself.
Here's a good plan you can buy.
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or you can search this forum for other ideas on how to make one.
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Hi Ed. Welcome to our little corner of the 'net.

As Mike suggested, most of the new combo kits will have a lift kit with them. So, when you shuffle off to Buffalo for the Black Friday sales, you can get a really good deal on one.

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I have two routers - a Ryobi R161 and a Skil 1825. I'm looking for some advice from experienced members about an inexpensive router lift. New to the forum, so apologies if this is not the right place for this question... Any help appreciated.

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Ed my limited expierence has taught me already how nice it is to be able to change bits from the top.No my lift is not cheap but I would buy the bench dog again
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Hi

Why buy a lift many of the new routers out now have a lift built right in the router.
As low as 100.oo for a NEW router with the lift..
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http://www.routertechnologies.com/routerraizer.htm
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I have two routers - a Ryobi R161 and a Skil 1825. I'm looking for some advice from experienced members about an inexpensive router lift. New to the forum, so apologies if this is not the right place for this question... Any help appreciated.

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You could use a small bottle jack or a scissor jack. There are many options for a lift.
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You could use a small bottle jack or a scissor jack. There are many options for a lift.
Yes, a friend of mine uses the scissor jack but I made this simple foot operated one which is very successful.
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Why buy a lift many of the new routers out now have a lift built right in the router.
As low as 100.oo for a NEW router with the lift..
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Router Raizer
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Listen to Bob because he will never steer you wrong and is a plethora of helpful information .

I have two Routers that are capable of above table adjustments. I just removed my Milwaukee 5616-20 from my table and installed the PC 890 that adjusts above the table as well as releases the motor lock above the table. The Milwaukee can be adjusted above the table but you have to release and lock the motor below the table which is a very minor inconvenience. I read a few days ago in one of the woodworking magazines the Milwaukee 56XX series routers were the ideal router for table use in lieu of a lift. I just remembered my Ridgid R2930 router can also be adjusted above the table but I prefer it as a hand held router because of the built in LED light.

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Hi John

I'm not sure why anyone would want to use a small bottle jack or a scissor jack under a router in the router table, the bottle jack if full of oil and they all leak, it would be real mess in short order ,the scissor jack needs to be lube as well and will jam in short order also,most have Acme threads but they have a very small nut(s) that the rod must use to go up or down with and the jack will act just like a big dust magnet

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