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Default Are there routers other thanTritons that have above-the-table features built in?

I want above-the-table height and bit changes. Could buy a lift, I know, but it seems easier and cheaper to buy a router with those features built in. I know they are found on the Triton routers...are the present in other brands?

Also, to reduce the cost of building a table, can I skip the plate and bolt the Triton or Triton-like router directly to the underside?
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Yes there are. The Porter Cable 892 has above the table depth adjustment. The speed setting is not adjustable from above the table. I mounted mine directly to the underside of my homemade table. I routed out a circle on the underside so that the thickness was reduced to about half and then mounted the router using longer screws. I plugged it into an outlet strip and that is my on-off switch. I bought the combination router kit that includes a plunge base and I have been happy.
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Bosch MRC23 also has above the table depth adjustment.

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Bosch 1617 does as well.

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I made a long dowel from hardwood with a notch on the end. I use it instead of the Triton crank. Works well.

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Thanks. Above the table height adjustment is very nice...but how do you change the bits on those models?
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Adding a Musclechuck to many routers allows the bits to be changed above the table. This requires removable rings to access the factory collets/nuts.
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About the question of changing bits; The top of my table is hinged so that I can lift it, put a prop in place to hold it up and change the bits.
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Mike, on the first photo you've posted,we see a Bosch router between other two. Is it the Bosch MRC23?
If not, do you know if the muscleChuck camless quick change type 4 will fit on it?

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The routers are the Bosch 1619EVS, MRF23EVS and the 1617EVS; all have Type 4 Musclechucks fitted on them. The MRF23 is the fixed base, MRP23 is the plunge base and the combo kit is called the MRC23... same routers.

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