Vinnie, this is why they make two flavors of ice cream: each has their own favorite. Having owned the big Triton and using what I consider to be the best lift available(The Excalibur) I still prefer to pop my routers out of the table for changes. It's faster and the extra money goes a long way towards new bits.
I'm one of those who also prefers to take the router out of the table to change bits and major height changes can be made at the same time which means you only need to fine tune with it in the table. The router table insert plate also makes a pretty good offset plate for routing edges and having better stability when doing it.
And when we say that we mean that our routers and plates are only held in the table with gravity, ie no hold down screws or devices.
Vinnie, you can spend more money but you will not get better results over using the Grizzly T10432047 mounting plate.(They call it an insert) I order them 6 at a time; this greatly reduces shipping costs. I had one bad plate out of 25 so far; replacement was quick and easy with one phone call.
Did you see the mounting plate post with BJ's photos?
I like the Triton in the table, and it will cost you about the same as a lift, and you get to use your 1617 freehand without having remove it from the table. I like the extra power of the Triton. I had a Rockler lift which I found troublesome because it slipped. But the guy who bought the lift from me had no problem with it. As Mike said, it is a matter of individual preference. I use many Sommerfeld matched bit sets and don't need to lift out the router. I also popped for the Woodpecker mounting plate. Expensive but I really like the twist lock inserts for quick bit changes. Look up Mark Sommerfeld videos on YouTube and watch how he works the Triton. Very informative whichever setup you finally choose.
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