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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-12-2008, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
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Default Harbor Freight/Rousseau router plate

I bought a harbor freight router plate for my milwaukee 5616 and surprisingly enough, it sags! Imagine that.

Rousseau's plate is also 9 x 12 so Im leaning toward getting one. Anyone know what the radius is on the corners of the rousseau? HF is 1/4".

Anyone vouch for the "guarantee" rousseau offers on their plates, "never to sag"? Any other plates out there that would fit the 9 x 12 rabbet i have in my top?

Peach tree sells an aluminum plate, but Im leaning towards frugality, again MLCS sells one too, but they advertise is as measuring "about" 9 x 12, so Ill pass there.

Thanks for any tips.
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Hi Dave

The key to get to lay flat is the lip...that holds the plate..and the weight of the router..
It must have support or it will sag...in the center..



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Hi Dave

The key to get to lay flat is the lip...that holds the plate..and the weight of the router..
It must have support or it will sag...in the center..



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The plate is mounted ok, it just sags under the weight. The lip on the HF plage is only 1/2" wide, as is the rousseau. Without try to do some type of stepped rabbet, I think Im stuck with a 1/2" lip. Im fairly the problem here is just a cheap plate. I should have known better.
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.....having a countertop business in the same shop..we went the "it's available, it's free, it's easy " method, and used a cutoff piece of 1/2" corian / wilsonart solid surface for our insert.....it isn't going to sag any time soon, and with the new Triton 3 1/4 hp router, it only require a small center hole.
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The Rousseau plate has 1/4" radius corners. I used the Rousseau template to cut the recess in my router table, and it came out 9-1/16" x 12-7/64". I have had a 3-1/4 hp Ryobi RE-600 mounted on this plate in a 1" particleboard top for several years, and have no measurable sag. I liked the molded-on centering rings on the bottom of the plate that allowed me to center my router dead-on; I dislike the swiss-cheese look of those universal plates. I recently replaced the stock screws that hold the corner-huggers with longer ones and stacked on some plywood pieces to bridge the corners under the table, thus preventing the plate from lifting out of the table. I have been very happy with this plate.
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My Rousseau doesn't sag one bit. In fact, the long edges have a little rise to them. Hasn't been a problem.

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Mine sagged bad under weight of a Freud 2200.
Had to replace with an aluminum one from Rockler to hold it up.
The Rosseau was fine with a smaller PC router - 690 series. Freud just to dang heavy for it.
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Hi RookieGuy

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Mine sagged bad under weight of a Freud 2200.
Had to replace with an aluminum one from Rockler to hold it up.
The Rosseau was fine with a smaller PC router - 690 series. Freud just to dang heavy for it.



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Hi RookieGuy

The key is to give it a place to support the weight, see below
Let's call it a Bridge, support on two ends or more to hold the weight..

It's like having a 2 x 4 hanging off the edge of the roof if more than 1/2 of it is hanging over the edge it can't support to much.. ( Support/Weight Balance )

Glue in support blocks if the hole is cut over size.

The Harbor Freight is 9" x 12" it's made this way so you can drop the router in the hole with the handles still on the router unlike some router plates that are square...that makes it hard to drop them in the hole with the handles still on the router unless you turn the router on a angle and then slide it in the hole...



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Mine sagged bad under weight of a Freud 2200.
Had to replace with an aluminum one from Rockler to hold it up.
The Rosseau was fine with a smaller PC router - 690 series. Freud just to dang heavy for it.


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