Mitch, if a lift is what you want go for it. Consider that a lift does nothing to improve the accuracy of your router and in most cases it is faster to do a set up by removing a plate mounted router from the table. Woodworking magazines get big money to tell you that the "Ultimate" router table has a lift. I have a pair of 1617's that have been trouble free for over 10 years. One nice feature is the motor does not spin in the base. Height adjustments are made by 3 rough positioning slots and the use of a micrometer style thumb wheel. This means that your switches will always be in the same location when table mounted. Lowes dropped the price of the 1617EVSPK to $179 and a forum member posted that he bought one on Amazon.com for $159.
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Last edited by Mike; 12-27-2011 at 10:25 PM.