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This may prove to be a silly question but I am wondering if I build a new router table and use a plate only, could I later replace the plate with a lift? Maybe by limiting myself to a specific brand or size? I cannot afford the lift right now but would like to replace my Ryobi bench top table with a better option now for my Dewalt 618 and possibly add the lift later. Changing bits and raising and lowering the router has not been bad but the lift would be better and more repeatable.

I can't think of any reason that would not work but I may be missing something. Any advice would be appreciated.
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This may prove to be a silly question but I am wondering if I build a new router table and use a plate only, could I later replace the plate with a lift? Maybe by limiting myself to a specific brand or size? I cannot afford the lift right now but would like to replace my Ryobi bench top table with a better option now for my Dewalt 618 and possibly add the lift later. Changing bits and raising and lowering the router has not been bad but the lift would be better and more repeatable.

I can't think of any reason that would not work but I may be missing something. Any advice would be appreciated.
Hi Ron - What you could do would be to research lifts you will likely be interested in and use a plate the same size in your table until you can afford the lift. I think most of the more popular lifts are 9-1/4 x 11-3/4.
Another would be to go with a router that has a built in lift. This wouldn't work if you are set on the 618 but there are several 2HP routers with built in lifts.
As long as the plate you are using is smaller than the lift you ultimately settle on, you should be fine, just need to open the hole some.

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Hi Ron! Have You thought about building one? I just got My Shop Notes. It has plans to build a lift. Nothing real fancy, but it allows You to move the router up, and down from the top of the table. I'll get it to You if Your interested!

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Ron, as you switch from brand to brand most companies vary the size of the plate slightly in an effort to keep you buying their products. Compare the sizes of the plates and lift plates before making your purchase so you know which to go with. You can make a plug and glue it into a plate opening and then rout a new opening. Depending on the exact situation you can often just install the new plate size and live with some slight openings on two sides of the plate.

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