You can't use the Bosch in a router lift. There are electrical contacts between the base and the motor that transfer the D-handle switch in the base to the motor. There is no easy way to turn the Bosch on and off without the switch in the base handle.
I have been told that a true router lift offers ease of use and much better precision compared with the built-in "lift." I am skeptical, and wanted to try it for myself, so I am eager to see what others have to say in this thread.
The Bosch 1617 will work if you are so inclined, but the Bosch Mrp23 is for hand held use only.
The routers that you can adjust from above the table will probably work for most people, especially those who use the router table for basic edge profiling and dadoing.
If you demand precision, like when using a Incra LS Positioning fence for making joints, then you need to get a lift. Actually, Iíll go one step further and say if you use your router table for making joints other than dados and rabbets, youíll save a lot of time and frustration getting that perfect fitting joint with a router lift.
In woodworking there is always more then one way to accomplish something.
I guss should've been more complete. If I buy a lift, I'll purchase a motor similar to the PC referenced earlier. The linked routers are the 2 I was thinking I could use without a lift.
I'm curious why you say this. The bosch router I linked specifically references router table use in the item description.
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Actually, the Bosch router you linked to says, "Moreover, it features the ability to adjust the depth from above the table using the included T-wrench, so there is no need to buy an expensive after-market router lift."
The Bosch MRF23EVS is a Bosch "23" series router that you and I referenced in our original posts. Those Bosch "23" series routers will not work in a router lift, as I said before. That is because there is no easy way to switch it on and off. If you buy a "23" series Bosch router, you will encounter that problem, and the only way to use that particular Bosch "23" router in a "lift" is to install it under a plate with the router base attached, then use the Bosch lift mechanism built into the router itself. You cannot use it easily in a third-party router lift, because of the switching issue above. There are other powerful motor bases that you can use in a router lift, including ones made by Porter-Cable.
The Bosch "23" series routers are clearly intended for heavy-duty handheld use. The switches on the handles give that away.
The Bosch 1617 series routers are different than the Bosch "23" series routers mentioned above. The Bosch 1617 series routers will work with a regular router lift because their switches are on the motor base itself. I note that they are only 1/10 horsepower less than the "23" series routers.