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post #1 of 4 Old 01-21-2013, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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Does my Router Table Need a Router Lift?

In the planning phase for a router table. My router is the Ridgid R2900, with a depth of cut adjustment through the base, using a hex wrench. So, it appears that, with the router mounted on the table, on a conventional plate, I could adjust the depth of cut with the router in place by loosening the lock lever and using the hex wrench from above, via a hole drilled in the plate.

So, my question is: would there be any advantage to having one of those "lift" systems incorporated in my table? Seems like just a plate, at about 1/2 the cost, would work just fine.
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Router lifts are nice, but unneeded with many of the newer routers like yours. I think you will do just fine with an plate.

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What Fred said. About the only advantage would be you would also be able to lock from above the table, still would have to go down there to adjust speed.... Advantage would be only marginal, at best. It's your money though.
I use the Freud 3000 which also has a lift base but I left the springs in which takes out any slop in the system so I never even lock the base except on very long runs. I have a Wixey height guage attached and it doesn't move during the cuts.


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Unless you've migrated from the "integral to the router system" it's hard to imagine the difference or the benefit of a really good lift. I have a Porter Cable 890 series which has a mechanism (and a tool to operate it) for raising and lowering the router motor from above the table. I was really pleased with it generally. The price was right, it gave me flexibility, etc. I watched several demos of lifts and thought one would be "nice to have someday". When my neighbor down the street got one and let me play with it a bit, I have to say I was completely hooked. I wasn't hooked on the ease of use, although that was nice, too. I was hooked on the precision. If you are trying to sneak up on a dimension, you can see your height change on the dial and know that it is accurate, and not compromised by slop in your router latch mechanism (as mine always was).

Having said all that, it's one of those "in for a penny, in for a pound" things. If you are going to go to the expense of buying a really good lift, you may as well assume that at some point you are going to dedicate a router to it. The slope is really, really slippery. As I once read, "If I had a $1,000" to spend on a router, table and lift, I'd buy a shaper". But I must say, I HAVE NO REGRETS about my choice to go the lift path.
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