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Forum topic by nuckleheadbob posted 12-02-2014 03:39 PM 1158 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-02-2014 03:39 PM

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I use a router in a router table and find no need of a fancy router lift. I have used several at a shop I once worked in and found them more trouble than they were worth. What I need though is a crank handle that is easier to use. The ones outfitted on my plunge routers are to small and awkward to quickly adjust. I have seen just what I need in Bill Hylton’s book “Woodworking with the Router” but unable to fine them anywhere. Maybe I’m not using the right term? Maybe they are no longer available?

-- Bob, Dogtown Richmond Va

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#1 posted 12-02-2014 04:54 PM

I use the Router Raizer and it fit’s my needs real well, I think it was $80 for the kit. Not sure if you’ve got the triton or some of the others that have this simmilar design built in and if that’s the crank you’re looking for.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#2 posted 12-02-2014 07:20 PM

Have you removed the springs from the plunge base? Working against gravity AND the springs would be more than i could bear. Which router are you using?

Seems obvious, but if you do remove the springs—be ready for the final release. They are under just a tad of tension and tend to come out just a tick faster than i can jump. And, being in a small room with no piles of lumber stacked, not too many tools on tables, no cars, etc—let’s just say it will shorten the time it takes to find the wild spring!! Not that i know this first hand…

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#3 posted 12-02-2014 09:42 PM

Well, thanks I don’t think I need a router lift and yes I have removed the springs once. Never can fine them when they are needed again. The thing is, I’m trying to keep it simple. All I need is the darn crank handle. See, when I need to make an adjustment I lift out the router, either change the bit or move it up or down. That usually means moving the height adjuster. I had a band saw once that had a tension device, ( a smooth round knob) on the very top of the chassis. What a pain in the butt when you needed to release tension on the blade. This is a similar problem.

-- Bob, Dogtown Richmond Va

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#4 posted 12-03-2014 12:47 AM

I have that long handle on my M12V Hitachi router, ordered one for the M12VC, did NOT fit. Luckily I have it mounted to a plexiglass plate, and just take the router out of the table, set it, drop it back in.

-- Jim from Kansas

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