New Router and Lift Build
So I've been wanting to get a larger router to dedicate to my router cabinet. I had a 2 hp craftsman that I took in and out of it when I needed it.
I found a 3 1/4 hp Hitachi single speed router at an online company called ToolBarn for $113. I then went down to Harbor Freight and picked up a variable speed controller for $20. I actually prefer this because I can turn the router on and off from outside the cabinet with this controller.
For the lift, I cut and shaped a few pieces of wood to fit around one of the adjustment connections on the router. I epoxied two nuts into it for a threaded rod. I then ground the end of the threaded rod and a cap screw to have the same profile. It took a while to get the profiles to match good. I put some JB Weld between them and connected them with a threaded collar. It works great. It took me a while to make it because there were a lot of small adjustments to make sure everything lined up perfectly. But now I can adjust the height of the router from above the table with AB Allen wrench.
Moral of the story: I spent $140 for a 3 1/4 hp router with variable speed control and above the table height adjustment.