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kyanther I

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I need to replace my generic router lift and router (round body not plunge). I was thinking of Spindle Motor in a incra lift but then hit a problem, I made the mistake of thinking the ujk professional cast top would fit most plates but it seems to only fit there own plates at 305mm x 229mm they don't do one for any round body routers.
So the question is
1 do I buy ujk router lift and something like the Makita RP2301 and a musclechuck.
2. Buy a new tabletop and stick with my 1st choice?
Any advice/ comments would be greatly appreciated.
Oh this is all on the side of a 12" axminster tablesaw with an incra fence system on it that I'm in the process of building.
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Personally, I'm not a fan of the Axminster table. Yes it is cast but it's expensive and their router lift leaves the router a long way below the table even at highest. Put one of the most common routers in it ( a DW625) and it's pretty much unusable without an extension (this can't ever be a good thing). Look at the Jessem and AUK router motor combo from Woodworkers Workshop if you have the money to spend and must have a router table rather than a smal spindle - it's not all that much more and I suuspect far better.

As an aside, if I were doing something like this, I'd also like the VFD / Chinese spindle approach too if I had facilities to make whatever custom brackets were needed to hold it.
 

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Hi

If you have the cash then the AUK is the way to go, look for the post by MikeK from Germany as he has built an impressive router table setup using the same Incra fence as yourself and the AUK.
 

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A small spindle moulder would be another solution. Far more rigid than any router, better quality of cut and more versatile. It probably secondhand would be a more economic solution. Looking at your arrangement you could have the room to accommodate one.
 

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Hi

If you have the cash then the AUK is the way to go, look for the post by MikeK from Germany as he has built an impressive router table setup using the same Incra fence as yourself and the AUK.
Here is the link with much more detail on my router table build on the Festool Owners Group website.

 

kyanther I

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Thankyou all for your help. I think I'm going to go auk as the motor and Keep the cast top. I'm thinking of over coming the plate size problem by removing the top plate of my lift and bolting the 10mm universal ujk aluminium one in its place.

Your setup look great Mike!
 
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