Frosty, you will find the fixed base is extremely easy to use on a table. You remove the two handles with a single screw each and this gives you tons of clearance even in tiny tables. The large comfortable handles on the plunge base are more of a liability under a table, harder to make adjustments. The 3 rough adjustment locators on the fixed base get you close and a quick twist of the micrometer and you have your height adjustment. Flip the clamp and you are ready to router up a storm. Remember that you need to remove the base plate when fastening either the fixed or plunge base to a table for full depth range. Since the motor slips in and out of the bases so easy you can leave the fixed base set up on your table and have the plunge ready for free hand operations which is where it shines anyways. The springs on a plunge base are designed to lift the weight of the router motor up when you release the lock. When you invert the router for table mounting gravity plus the springs make the motor want to lower, double what is needed. You will be fighting for fine adjustment this way. You wouldnt want to remove the springs and replace them every time you switched from table to free hand. Since it is a flip of the clamp and the motor slides out of the fixed base and into the plunge base this is by far the best choice. My 1617 is my favorite router and I have set up 1617's for other people as well. Give it a chance, you will love it.