For a 3*-hp Fixed-Base Router
Bench Dog ProLift Max 40-016 JessEm Mast-R-Lift or Rockier Mast-R-Lift Join tech SmartLift Digital and Pro Woodpecker Precision Router Lift
All these lifts have solid construction that can handle the big routers. They are smooth, accurate and easy to read. You pay a little extra for the Bench Dog, but it's the only lift with a steel plate that'll never sag. The Jointech SmartLift Digital costs more because of its sophisticated digital readout system.
Bench Dog MiniLift 40-072 is the way to go if you already own a Bench Dog table. The lift drops right into the existing opening.
JessEm Rout-R-Lift EX is the best value in this size of lift. It's also our favorite for the one-router shop. The quick-release lever allows you to quickly remove the router for handheld work and doesn't require you to dedicate an extra base to the lift.
For die-hards who insist on mounting a plunge router in a router table, Woodpecker Unilift is your best bet. If you're on a budget, a low-cost alternative for plunge router owners is the Router Technologies Router Raizer. For $90, you get the benefits of a lift minus the scale readout (source: Woodworker's Supply, 800-645-9292, www.woodworker.com, #109-919 or #114-671). /W
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