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Forum topic by David Grimes posted 03-29-2011 07:06 AM 2408 views 0 times favorited 31 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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David Grimes

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03-29-2011 07:06 AM

A cast iron router extension for my R4512 is in the near future.

I have been looking at lifts (both factory and home made). I own two non-plunge routers, but have never owned a plunge router. Of course I know what the plunge is FOR, but what I do not know is this: Can a plunge router be table mounted and then the plunge feature used as the lift / drop to get the bit into and out of position quickly ?

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia


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wseand

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#1 posted 03-29-2011 07:50 AM

I have never tried it because my fixed base has a descent ring on it that is great for adjusting the height. I would think that it would be harder to make an accurate adjustment with the plunge base IMO but I may be wrong.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#2 posted 03-29-2011 07:57 AM

Absolutely tehy can, the catch is they r typically not very easy to fine-adjust and are a pain to adjust as everything is hidden beneath the table. There are a few out there that excel in a table application. Some even have an above-table hex key to adjust. Look at the Triton and Milwaukee routers, tho I am sure there are more now as my recollect is a few years old. Good luck.

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#3 posted 03-29-2011 08:58 AM

Look at my post Triton 3 1/4 hp Router Remote Digital readout
I just finished putting a Remote Digital readout on
This plunge router has its own built in lift,you can see it at (http://www.eagleamerica.com/) and download the manual. You can change bits ,and adjust height ,above the table
They also have a 2 1/4 hp model

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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LeviStarkey

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#4 posted 03-29-2011 02:50 PM

Bubinga makes an excellent post. Triton routers are top notch. if your planning on spending the money on a lift you can buy two triton routers the 3 1/4 and 2 1/4. Save your other routers for a flush bit or round over bit

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David Grimes

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#5 posted 03-29-2011 07:59 PM

Bubinga, Can’t find the Triton on the EagleAmerica site, but found it at Amazon and the Triton site. Thanks for the info. The 2 1/4” should take care of the extension wing routing duties (plus a little lighter).

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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Bertha

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#6 posted 03-29-2011 08:24 PM

I bought a Triton from Peachtree not too long ago for use in my tablesaw extension table (BenchDog). Seeing as how router lifts are so expensive, I used the Triton’s built in feature to justify the purchase. You’ll need to buy a router plate for around $60 & make double sure you’re router’s listed in the compatibility chart (I didn’t at first).

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#7 posted 03-29-2011 08:35 PM

HI David,
I have a wood/laminate extension table that came on my PM2000. It has a cutout for the powermatic labeled/Jessem made router lift. I posted both for sale over in the forum a few months ago. I’m just up the road in McDonough if you’re interested.

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/24002

SWM

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bubinga

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#8 posted 03-30-2011 12:39 AM

Well !! I went to Eagle and ,for some reason they don’t have Triton now.
I just bought it a month ago
Highland Hardware has them ,on sale now. the,2 1/4hp for $169.00
And a Triton 1-1/3 HP Plunge Router Red Hot Special $129.99
More info on my blog.
You cant buy ,a router lift,a 3 1/4 hp router motor,and a remote digital readout ,for $220.00
That’s what i paid for router ,and readout

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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David Grimes

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#9 posted 03-30-2011 08:54 AM

Bubinga,

You have convinced me. I’m going to go this route (pun intended):

cast iron router extension… http://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/smarthtml/pages/router_table4.html

OR larger laminate http://www.routertabledepot.com/tasawrotaexc.html (Leaning towards the cast iron)

PLUS the 2 1/4 HP Triton.

Thanks.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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bubinga

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#10 posted 03-30-2011 09:08 AM

Sounds grrrrreate
do they have free shipping on that at amazon , at $165.00
I have 4 plunge routers ,the Triton is baddest, coolest,but i got it just for mounting in table
I didn’t want to pay 3 to 6 hundred dollars for a lift
Other people that have used lifts said the Triton in a table is just as good
I never owned a lift but wanted one for a while now
I think they are over priced
I Put more pics on blog

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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NathanAllen

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#11 posted 03-30-2011 07:07 PM

David Grimes,

By the way the Routertable depot laminate version is an exact duplicate of MLCS, there is a third party that also sells them on eBay.

Not to dismiss the MLCS version (I have the laminate) but if you’re looking at the Cast Iron look around at the other brands. The big difference on the Bench Dog is integrated t-tracks versus inserts for MLCS. Also look at PeachTrees for a third view at what options you have.

For laminate versions the only challenges I have with the MLCS version is the melamine layer is thin around the router plate and the wood frame (for stability) underneath the table required some creative thinking to mate with my rails.

Jessem and Woodpeck also make phenolic tables that are dead flat.

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#12 posted 03-30-2011 07:37 PM

Hey bubinga do you live in the Chardon area, I see you said you went to Eagle America. It’s nearby for me.

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bubinga

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#13 posted 03-30-2011 08:49 PM

Hay
No I am in Michigan,and I bought that stuff, all online

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#14 posted 03-30-2011 09:07 PM

The Rockler lift is going sale this weekend for $149.00 . I know nothing of its quality, since I have a Hitachi plunge in my router table. But if the Rocklers ok then that’s the best price your going to get for any lift. Good Luck

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idunno

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#15 posted 03-30-2011 09:45 PM

My first post… been lurking for a while, but felt the need to chime in on this thread. The Tritons are on sale at Woodcraft, ending Saturday; surprised nobody’s mentioned it. I’ve been drooling over them, but can’t justify the expense, having just acquired a new Grizzly G0715p :)

The 2 1/4 is 159.99: http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2080240/27328/Triton-2-14-HP-Plunge-Router.aspx

The 3 1/4 is 189.99, but backordered until May 1: http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2080240/27329/Triton-3-14HP-Plunge-Router.aspx

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