I wouldn't like to live without this simple but very effective router lift especially since replacing the Makita with a Triton TR001. A quick press on the pedal and the collet is above the table and for dowelling it sure is fast.So what is your opinion of a router lift?
Commercial (what brand) or make one myself?
Are they "useful", "must have", "nice but", "why in the world", "why waste your money"? Or....?
The comment on buying a "lots" of bits for $300 or so, invites an answer. Most of my USA made bits come in at 25-45 or more dollars each, which means maybe 7 bits. Since I have accumulated close to 100 bits now, but seem to use the same 5 or 10 bits again and again, I have no plans to buy a "lot of bits". (Note! Harbor Freight can sell you carbide bits for about $3-4 if you like to collect them).Lifts Are:
"useful"- for finessing cuts
"must have"- after you used one for awhile
"nice but"- cost money that you may need for something else
"why in the world"- not CNC but is SOTA for router tables