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I'm in the market for a router lift, but after extensive searching and inquiring all the major manufacturers I am still at a loss for a compatible router to put in it. The Mast-R-Lift II seems to be the one that accept the most amount of routers, although the claim "fits every fixed base router we could find on the market" seem a little exaggerated (or is at least not true for the European markets).

Here's a list of some of the routers it supports;
Porter Cable 7518, 690-699 series, & 890-899 series
Bosch 1617EVS,1618
DeWalt DW610 & DW618
Makita RF1101 & RD1101
Hitachi M12VC & KM12VC
Milwaukee 5625, 5615, 5616, & 5619
Craftsman 17543, 17540, & 28190
Ridgid R29302

The only router I know of from that list that is available in a 220 volt version is the Bosch 1618 (although named GMF 1400 CE here). Unfortunately it's a discontinued model and I've not been able to track one down yet. The Milwaukee models are confirmed NOT available in Europe (although that is a well established brand here). Porter Cable is a much lesser known brand and those models are also confirmed MIA.

Does anybody know if any of the other models are available in 220 volt versions?

Or should I go for a transformer as this router would be mounted in my table at all times anyway?

If you tell me to give up on the idea of a router lift all together, I would appreciate a tip on what router to buy for easy handling mounted on a plate in a table.

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I'm in the market for a router lift, but after extensive searching and inquiring all the major manufacturers I am still at a loss for a compatible router to put in it. The Mast-R-Lift II seems to be the one that accept the most amount of routers, although the claim "fits every fixed base router we could find on the market" seem a little exaggerated (or is at least not true for the European markets).

Here's a list of some of the routers it supports;
Porter Cable 7518, 690-699 series, & 890-899 series
Bosch 1617EVS,1618
DeWalt DW610 & DW618
Makita RF1101 & RD1101
Hitachi M12VC & KM12VC
Milwaukee 5625, 5615, 5616, & 5619
Craftsman 17543, 17540, & 28190
Ridgid R29302

The only router I know of from that list that is available in a 220 volt version is the Bosch 1618 (although named GMF 1400 CE here). Unfortunately it's a discontinued model and I've not been able to track one down yet. The Milwaukee models are confirmed NOT available in Europe (although that is a well established brand here). Porter Cable is a much lesser known brand and those models are also confirmed MIA.

Does anybody know if any of the other models are available in 220 volt versions?

Or should I go for a transformer as this router would be mounted in my table at all times anyway?

If you tell me to give up on the idea of a router lift all together, I would appreciate a tip on what router to buy for easy handling mounted on a plate in a table.

Best regards,
LC
Hi Dave - I'm not really familiar with the European market but I believe Triton would be available in 220V and features a built in lift. It gets some pretty good reviews on this forum. Would save you the expense of the lift too.

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Dave, the lift you mentioned is designed for a non-plunge router irrespective of the power rating of the router.

As mentioned, take a look at the Triton TRA001 which has an above-table winder mechanism which essentially means you don't need the fancy lift.

If you buy from the UK then it is available there.
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Dave just a note. One of my favorite shop projects is my home made router lift. It ain't fancy but it does what I want and and the most expensive part was the 3/4" threaded rod. Gary
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Same problem in Australia. Ended up with a PC7518 from US and a locally sold step down trannformer and a Woodpecker Router lift. Built a table and now it all works great.
A mate was also forced to do the same as he wanted the LS Incra setup with a R/Lift and could not find a router in 220/240V in Australia.
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Thanks for all the tips and replies!

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Dave, the lift you mentioned is designed for a non-plunge router irrespective of the power rating of the router.

As mentioned, take a look at the Triton TRA001 which has an above-table winder mechanism which essentially means you don't need the fancy lift.

If you buy from the UK then it is available there.
I could definitely buy from the UK. That one looks really impressive. I just need to research how easy and speedy bit changes are. Definitely a deal breaker for me. Does anybody know if above the table changes are possible with that router?

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Dave just a note. One of my favorite shop projects is my home made router lift. It ain't fancy but it does what I want and and the most expensive part was the 3/4" threaded rod. Gary
As I'm a die hard DIY fan this has definitely been on the table (sorry for the unintentional pun) but two things made me decide not to go that route (arr!) this time;
1, I have very little time for woodworking at the moment, and I'm very eager to start working on actual routing projects. I've spent two years finishing up half done projects, getting my equipment (Incra) and building my table...
2, The few ideas I've had would all work best on a motor only kinda router, which would bring me back to the original problem of getting hold of one here.

Again, thanks for all the replies.
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Looks like the Triton is also discontinued?
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Hi Dave
Suggest you check that the TRiton TRA001 fits your choice of router lift as it did not fir the Incra or the Woodpecker Lifts. I do believe it works on the Kreg table but again please check.
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I could definitely buy from the UK. That one looks really impressive. I just need to research how easy and speedy bit changes are. Definitely a deal breaker for me. Does anybody know if above the table changes are possible with that router?
Most definitely. In fact router bit changes only require a single spanner and the process to lift the router above the table takes about 3 seconds.

If you like I can take photographs of the router having its bits changed?

Oh and Triton is not discontinued. They went through a spate of ownership but are back in force.
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Thanks Hilton, but I actually found a youtube clip showing a bit change! Looks really nice.

I found a bunch of resellers who had the TRA listed as not in stock or discontinued (including tritontools.co.uk). Amazon only has the TRB listed, but if the only difference is the 400W I'd be all right with that version.
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