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For those that use a router mounted in a table/stand, which is the best plate material to use for a heavy (18 pound) router - aluminum, phenolic, acrylic - and from which after market supplier? My goal is to prevent plate "sag". Your information & comments are appreciated. Be safe.
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Eighteen pound router - WOW, that's a heavy one. My plate is phenolic and it has served me well for about 5 years. My router is a PC690 series, no where as heavy as your's and my plate is a Jessem??? It is a router lift for fine easy adjustments.

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my big PC router sits securely in a PRL lift, which has a sturdy aluminum plate. I'd not want to hang that router from anything less substantial, not to mention that the screw lift feature is awesome.
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what brand is your router?

What router do you have that weighs in at 18 lbs?
My old Porter Cable 5182, about 1980's vintage ... is a monster at 18 lbs also. Is that the one you have?

I would use nothing less than 3/8" aluminum for a insert plate.

Mine is only used as a hand held because the large diameter motor won't fit most lifts. The new Jessem MastRLift 2 have cam inserts for different size motors that may allow for a larger motor than a 7518, but I haven't tried it so far.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)

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My router (PC 7518, heavy mutha) is on a JessEm lift. The plate is 1/4" aluminum. Pretty sturdy, no sag. I've hung another heavy router (a Freud FT2200, yeah, I know...) on a shop made 3/8" Lexan plate and it didn't sag either. I'd prefer aluminum - if you have the metal skill, it should be fairly easy to make.

You can get 1/4 aluminum pre made plates online or at rockler and woodcraft.

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Prl?

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my big PC router sits securely in a PRL lift, which has a sturdy aluminum plate. I'd not want to hang that router from anything less substantial, not to mention that the screw lift feature is awesome.

Not a common name for me.... can you spell it out?

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I had a 18 lb. PC router mounted in a table with a 3/8" Lexan plate for years.
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Many "Thanks" for all your comments and info. Plan is to permanently mount a DeWalt HD, 3HP plunge router, model #DW625 -type 3 into a aftermarket table & stand from Kreg. Had an older Craftsman which just gave up after many years of use, and was given the DeWalt (still in the original yellow box & plastic cover) from a friend. Be safe.
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nevermind

PRL ?
I searched it out:
http://www.woodpeck.com/prlv2.html

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http://www.carbideprocessors.com/woo...jNAaAuVI8P8HAQ

that's not my model but it is similar. it is the bomb
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My router table is the right hand extension for my table saw. So unless I am using the router, I have a plate with a blank insert in the table. I use the Rockler aluminum plates.
I have found they make excellent base plates for hand held routing as well.
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