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Forum topic by ADHDan posted 12-02-2014 08:14 PM 1981 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ADHDan

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12-02-2014 08:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question router router table

Currently, I have a Bosch 1617 router mounted in a Bosch 1181 table attached to my table saw. I’m having issues with the microadjust mechanism on the fixed base and I’m thinking of upgrading to a lift, but I can’t really spend more than $200 on it.

The Rockler aluminum router lift is on sale for $20 off – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0039ZGAHK/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=FW6IOTUBXPIX&coliid=I2JSWKBVFV0OOQ. I’m thinking of getting it, although I wouldn’t be able to use the insert plate because the RA1181 has an oddly-sized insert hole. So I’d have to drill out the aluminum to mount the router, and I don’t know how hard it would be to do that.

I don’t have the time or resources to totally revamp by router table setup right now (seeing as I just finished cobbling the RA1181 to fit in my G1023 table saw wing), so my question is: do any of you know if the Rockler router lift is pretty good, and if so, how difficult would it be to drill out mounting holes so that the router would be properly centered in my plate?

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.


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#1 posted 12-02-2014 08:37 PM

Curious what your issues are. I use the RA1161 fixed base in the same table with the 1617EVS. The only problem I’ve had has been with the e-clip on the adjuster rod. If this is your issue, I think there are some ways to address it, such as a brass bushing either pressed on or using a set screw. Cheaper and easier than a new lift mechanism. A new shaft and e-clip is very cheap from Bosch – buy the top plastic cap because it presses tightly on the shaft. I replaced the original clip and shaft that I had kinda messed up, and have not had any issues since.

Other than that I find the fixed base works very well in the table. The router plate inserts aren’t great, and I couldn’t find replacements, so I had inserts machined from Delrin that work great. These could be machined on a wood lathe if you have one.

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#2 posted 12-02-2014 09:01 PM

Hmmmm, maybe I need to take a closer look at my router base. Honestly I haven’t even tried to troubleshoot it yet, I just assumed a dedicated router lift would be better than the OEM fixed base. But I do have above-table adjustment with that base, so I suppose I should put a little time into seeing if I can fix the microadjust.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#3 posted 12-03-2014 03:49 AM

+1 on OSU55’s points. My 1617 fixed base works great, except for the 2 different times i’ve run the micro-adjust to the top/bottom (it’s all perspective!!) and popped the e-clip off. Hard little bugger to find too—so the first time, i ordered 2 replacements and found the lost one when i went to fix it. The second time, i found the e-clip right away. So…as long as i don’t lose the 2 spares, i’ll never do it again!!
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#4 posted 12-03-2014 04:02 AM

Don’t waste your money on a lift. Get a Triton router with built-in lift and dedicate it to the table. Then you will free up the Bosch for handheld routing operations. I’m not saying that particular lift is good or bad, but ever since they started making routers with built-in lifts and above-the-table bit changes and adjustments, I have gone that route. I actually use the Freud FT1700 but they don’t make that model anymore. The 2hp Triton should work great for you.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#5 posted 12-03-2014 07:13 PM

Thanks for the advice, everyone. I already have three other handheld routers so I’m probably not going to get the Triton, but I am checking my Bosch base. The basic problem seems to be that the base slides up and down when the lock is engaged in the detents on the motor. I can post some pictures of what my assembly looks like in a bit, but if anyone has pics of what a “proper” base assembly/microadjust mechanism should look like that’d be really helpful. Thanks!

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#6 posted 12-03-2014 07:22 PM

Now that I’ve decided to keep the Bosch base, I’ll probably move this general question to a new thread.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#7 posted 12-04-2014 03:38 PM

Well, after doing a little research and thinking about what I’ll be using my router table for I decided it makes sense to upgrade to the 3.25hp Triton TRA001 and sell off my Bosch 1617. The clincher was that Home Depot has theTriton on sale for $225 which seems like a great deal – especially compared to the cost or a router lift. Unfortunately, it’s out of stock at Home Depot but Rockler agreed to sell me the same router for $250 but throw in a $25 gift card to kind-of price match. I’d rather give my money to Rockler than Home Depot anyway, so that’s a done deal.

Now I’ll just need to figure out where to drill out my Bosch RA1181 mounting plate to accept the Triton. If anyone’s encountered this before, I’d love to hear from you!

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#8 posted 12-04-2014 03:40 PM

Not sure what the policy is on duplicate threads, but if a mod wants to close this thread it’s now pretty much identical to my other thread – http://lumberjocks.com/topics/65944.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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