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Rockler Pro Lift Router Lift (8-1/4'' x 11-3/4'' plate)

Raise your router fast with the Quick-Gear, then down-shift to the precision gear for fine adjustments—Snap-Lock insert ring for easy bit changes. Fits Rockler and Bench Dog router tables.

Also Available – 55803 Pro Lift Router Lift (Large Plate), fits 9-1/4" x 11-3/4" table openings (Including Kreg, JessEm, Woodpecker and more)

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Two patent-pending features raise the Rockler Pro Lift into a class of its own: ultra-fast ''Quick-Gear'' height adjustments and ''Snap-Lock'' tool-free insert ring changes. Push the button to release the insert ring, then wind the Quick-Gear to raise the bit above the table in just seconds. Once the bit is installed, quickly lower it, click in the insert ring, and use the fine adjustment gear to set the final height to within 0.001''. All this is achieved more quickly, more efficiently, and more intuitively with the Rockler Pro Lift. Raise your woodworking to a new level.

Item # 52429: Rockler Pro Lift – For router table opening size (8-1/4'' x 11-3/4'') fits Rockler and Bench Dog router tables

Also Available - Item # 55803: Rockler Pro Lift (Large Plate) – For router table opening size (9-1/4''-11-3/4'') fits most other router table openings


  • 2018 Wood Magazine Innov8 Award winner
  • Make height adjustments 4 times faster with the Quick-Gear 4-to-1 gear box ratio—dramatically speeds up your bit changes
  • Use the precision gear to make adjustments to within 0.001''—one hex wrench for both gears
  • Push the button to release the insert ring for fast bit changes—no tools to search for; no screws to lose
  • Indexed marks on the fine adjustment screw let you raise the bit by a specific increment with the naked eye
  • Anti-backlash mechanism keeps the router from creeping downward—lock knob provides further insurance when running very large jobs
  • 3/8'' thick machined aluminum plate and heavy-duty steel constructed guide posts with bronze bushings—designed for demanding daily use
  • Includes one insert ring with a 1-1/2'' opening; additional inserts and zero clearance insert assembly sold separately (coming soon)

Will my router fit?

The Pro Lift accepts router motors with a 4.2'' diameter (13.85'' circumference). Examples include the Porter-Cable 7518 and 7519.

Optional adapters (listed below) are available to mount routers with smaller motors. If you are unsure of your router motor's diameter, check the manual, or measure the circumference with a tailor's tape. Measuring the circumference is easier than measuring the diameter. The optional collars have an expansion gap, so they will accept motors measuring 1/8'' larger or smaller in diameter than the listed spec.

3-1/4'' Pro Lift Adapter Collar (#50098, sold separately. Accepts motor with 3-1/4'' diameter or 10.21'' circumference.)

  • Makita RF1101
  • Others

3-1/2'' Pro Lift Adapter Collar (#57022, sold separately. Accepts motor with 3-1/2'' diameter or 11'' circumference.)

  • Bosch 1617
  • Porter Cable 690 series
  • Porter Cable 890 series
  • Dewalt 616 and 618
  • Others
(1) Rockler Pro Lift Router Lift
(1) 8-1/4'' x 11-3/4'' aluminum router plate
(1) Insert ring (1-1/2'' I.D.)
(1) Set of hex keys on key chain
More Information
Brand Rockler
Weight 18.7500
Tech Spec
  • Compatible Motor Diameter: 4.2'' (13.19'' circumference); e.g. Porter-Cable 7518
  • Plate Dimensions: 8-1/4'' x 11-3/4'' x 3/8'' thick
  • Insert Ring Inside Diameter: 1-1/2''
  • Vertical Travel: ~5-1/2'' (varies w/ installation)
  • Quick-Gear Adjustment Rate: 1 revolution = 1/2''
  • Precision Gear Adjustment Rate: 1 revolution = 1/8''
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31 Reviews
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Router lift upgrade
I had to modify my existing router table to fit the "new" size, and now that is done, I love the lift and its utility
December 30, 2019
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Might be a little costly up front but well worth the money. Works perfect for my applications!
Works perfectly with the Bench Dog cast iron router top! Very efficient and worth the money!
Works perfectly with the Bench Dog cast iron router top! Very efficient and worth the money!
Works perfectly with the Bench Dog cast iron router top! Very efficient and worth the money!
December 6, 2019
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
October 29, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Some modification required
This review is based on my installation and testing only.

The lift seems well made and precise. The Hi and Lo gears promise to be a real convenience. The snap lock ring insert feature is quite nice too. Just be aware that the Bench Dog table may need to be modified a bit to install this lift. I had a couple spots that I had to trim (which resulted in the loss of two leveling screws) and one spot that had to be morticed for the snap lever bracket clearance. No big deal but needed nonetheless. I can't believe I waited so many years to finally get one of these.
September 30, 2019
Woodworking Experience:
Rockler Pro Lift
Love it. it came very quickly and went on my Bench Dog table saw extension without too much trouble. Only difficultly I had was the the Lift table was concave and it has only two corners to pull down. Had to straighten the table to get it to be flush with the saw top. Was doable but thought it would be better to have all four corners screw down. Love how it operates.
July 7, 2019
7 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
It's a great machine. I think it's the best bang for the buck. I would recommend it.
Very easy to set up and adjust for work piece accuracy and very well made.
June 17, 2019
8 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
May 6, 2019
9 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Awesome lift jit
Don’t know why I waited to buy one of these.... Set up is a breeze and using it saves tons of time and headaches
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May 2, 2019
9 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
I have always wanted a router lift, my wife was so nice to get this for me for Christmas. I just went to put it together and the lift would not raise or lower, it was bound up. I took it in to the Denver Rockler location and they exchanged it with no questions just scratching their heads since this was the first incident they have seen. I love Rockler!!!
January 1, 2019
Woodworking Experience:
Exceeded expicatio ?? rockier r & d has a excellent grasp of user needs
December 17, 2018
1 year ago
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Why did you choose this?
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To upgrade my workshop.
Morton W on Dec 18, 2019
deal for Black Friday at 20% off
Dennis H on Nov 28, 2019
To upgrade my workshop.
Morton W on Dec 18, 2019
been wanting a pro lift and the 20% didn't hurt .
Michael O on Dec 1, 2019
deal for Black Friday at 20% off
Dennis H on Nov 28, 2019
The reviews as well as the sale!
greg c on Sep 24, 2019
Years ago I purchased the bench dog table saw extension, this is a long awaited addition to complete the router table.
James H on Sep 17, 2019
Saw this on a YouTube video by Third Coast Craftsman. I have the same saw and I am going to try this setup.
Perry M on Sep 15, 2019
for my personal ease
Rich on Sep 3, 2019
i need one
Jim G on Jul 21, 2019
want an easily adjustable router bit height
Alan S on Jul 3, 2019
2 speed lift
Kenneth S on Jul 1, 2019
Upgrade to Pro series router lift
Thomas B on Jun 26, 2019
Working full time, time in the shop is at a premium. Needed the time savings a router lift will provide. Never hurts to make more accurate cuts either!
Dan S on Jun 23, 2019
Fits my Bench Dog Cast Iron Router Table I got for my table saw.
Ken S on Jun 17, 2019
The ease of adjusting the bit height.
Judy K on Jun 14, 2019
Plate Size
Mauricio C on May 31, 2019
Needed a heavy duty lift for my shop
Ron ` S on Apr 4, 2019
Because I have always liked Rockler products and business. It fits my existing rockler table. I have also read good reviews about this product.
KULENI B on Mar 28, 2019
Seems to be the simplest approach for the custom table I am building.
David C on Mar 11, 2019
I own a Rockler HPL Router Table and want to add the Final Upgrade to an Excellent Product.
Bob G on Dec 29, 2018
Above the table bit changes & precise adjustment feature
chris p on Dec 3, 2018
Christmas present for one of my employees.
Patricia M on Nov 26, 2018
Christmas Gift for Husband
Nancy L on Nov 19, 2018
Saving setup time is always important. I have ideas to incorporate this into my main table, having a router available at the turn of a handle just seems logical!
Kenneth T on Jul 1, 2018
Precision Control - Easy Lifting
DIANA G on Jun 4, 2018
Highly recommend by a trusted user
Linden D on May 11, 2018
To provide a good top setting lift to my router table.
Glenn D on Apr 1, 2018
Will work better for what I do. I saw it in action and liked what I saw.
Douglas D on Mar 26, 2018
I have knee problems and this makes life a lot easier.
gary p on Mar 11, 2018
Saw it demonstrated at Rockler in Spring during the VIP event.
richard s on Feb 27, 2018
Got the 4.2 router needed the plate to mount it on the table
Brent H on Feb 6, 2018
Cannot wait to try this out on my new Bench Dog ProMax router table. Newest lifter out there.
Paula A on Feb 2, 2018
Update my router table
Duane H on Feb 2, 2018
been wanting a pro lift and the 20% didn't hurt .
Michael O on Dec 1, 2019
The reviews as well as the sale!
greg c on Sep 24, 2019
How large of bit can be used ?
Doug F on Feb 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: With the insert ring removed, the opening has space to safely accommodate the largest diameter bits available: 3-5/8". (Of course, be sure your router has electronic variable speed before attempting to run such a large bit! Those plug-in V.S. boxes don't work when this much horsepower is required.)
Will this work with the Bench Dog ProTop Contractor Portable Router Table?
Jason C on Feb 2, 2018
Rockler Pro Lift Router Lift (8-1/4'' x 11-3/4'' plate)
Rockler Pro Lift Router Lift (8-1/4'' x 11-3/4'' plate)
Bench Dog® ProTop Contractor Portable Router Table
Bench Dog® ProTop Contractor Portable Router Table
Rockler Bench Dog® 40-150 ProLift Router Adjustment System Item #: 28827 and it works just fine with my bench dog protop I see the plate is the same size as my pro lift so it should work
Will this work with the Bench Dog ProTop Model RT 400 router table top? Also, will it work with the Bosch 1619 EVS router? Thanks
Dave D on Jan 31, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This lift wants a lip on the left side of the opening in your table that DOES NOT exceed 3/8" wide, to accommodate the gear housing. Of course, if you've got tools that can saw and grind the offending projection to make room for the lift, nothing is impossible!

As for the second part of your question, this lift will require one of the adapter rings (#57022 to be exact) to size it down for the Bosch 1617, or any router with a round motor housing 3-1/2" in diameter. There's another ring (#50098) that fits Makita and others with smaller 3-1/4" motor housings.
Can this fit my 9" x 12" (exactly) table opening ?
Mike97 on Mar 14, 2018
Will this fit a Bosch RA1181 and a Bosch 16!7 router?
Doug H on Apr 6, 2018
can I get other insert rings?
Linda C on Apr 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Watch for a full selection of insert rings, available in late spring to early summer, beginning with the zero-clearance insert.
My (Rockler) router table has an opening for an 8 x 11" plate. Is there a lift system that will accommodate?
J b on Feb 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Rockler has a template guide along with a half inch pattern bit to expand opening on older tables to 8 1/4 x 11 3/4.
Will it fit the Kreg router table without modifications?
Chuck C on Mar 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, the item number 52429 will not. However, they note that the Pro Lift Router Lift (Large Plate) that's coming soon, fits 9-1/4" x 11-3/4" which would fit the Kreg table.
Will the pro lift work with a Bosch model RA1171 router table or would I have to modify the table?
Bill L on Dec 25, 2018
Do the height adjuster screws have a hole all the way through so that dust does not fill them up stopping the adjuster handle from going in until the dust is blown out?
Larry D on Jul 21, 2018
hello! I would like to know if , it works well with router makita RP2301 ?
clark on May 24, 2018
Will the Bosch 1619EVS 3.25 HP router fit in this lift?
Tom G on Apr 2, 2018
I'm interested in this lift. I have a Ridgid router. Will this work with it. I took a measurement of the circumference and it says 11.25", or a 3.58 diameter. Would I be able to use one of the adapters? I ask understanding the sizes, but wanting to make sure this would work before I pull the trigger on the money side of things.
nightpoison on Mar 4, 2018
BEST ANSWER: From what I read above, the 3-1/2'' Pro Lift Adapter Collar (#57022) should be the right fit for your router.
will this fit a Milwaukee 3-1/2 hp model m5635-20 router. seems to measure 13 round 4" across ?
Jeffrey N on Aug 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: They offer two(02) adapters for use with just about any round body router.
Check the Rockler catalog for the adapters as they mention which adapter is used for whatever router.
Good luck
Has Rockler come up with a set of accessory plate inserts for this router lift mechanism? It comes with a 1 1/2" insert, does Rockler have larger opening inserts available yet?
toolman on May 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Additional inserts, in a variety of sizes, will be available for the Rockler Pro Lift within approximately 90 days.
My mounting plate on my router table is 12" x 9" is there any lift system that would adapt to this size ?
David P on Mar 19, 2018
Is this plate anchored to the top or relies on gravity to hold it in place? I'm looking for a router plate for use in a top that will swivel to a horizontal position.
Paul P on Jul 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: There are mounting holes at the top left and bottom right. Not sure if just two screws will be enough to support the weight of the lift and router in a vertical position. You will probably have to drill additional mounting holes to accomplish the vertical position. I mounted my lift in a 1" hardwood table top and added leveling hardware so the two mounting screws are to keep the lift from shifting and not for support. Hope this helps.
Has anyone had a problem raising and lowering their router? The handle gets very hard to turn when you lift or lower? The higher the router is goes the harder it is to turn.
RLC2251 on Jun 8, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, I too had this problem. My lift is using the adapter sleeve, when tightened down it actually pulls the three arms in out of alignment. I solved this by wrapping my router 1-2 wraps with duct tape. Then put the sleeve over that, reinsert into router lift tighten up. That should solve your problem.
What would be a good router to use with this lift if I plan to dedicate it to a router table?
Jim V on Apr 20, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Not sure which model would be Best Buy I would try to get one that does not require the insert to snug the fit in the lift
I have a titan router, will this work with this rounter?
htonamie H on Sep 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The lift has 2 different plates one is included and one is an option you have to buy separately. They are for 3.5 and 3.25 inch Routers. If your titan is one of these 2 sizes it should fit. I think tickler also sells plates for smaller routers that can adapt to the lift.
What is the radius on the corners of the router lift pro?
JC S on Aug 13, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The plate is rectangular with width 8 1/4 in by length 11 3/4 in. Measurement from center of router bit to corner is 7 1/4 in.
Will this fit a Bosch mrc23 series router motor?
Brandon on Sep 24, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I'm not sure if it will fit or not.But i am not so sure I would have purchased this router lift after having it for less than a year the spring ejector for the center piece has already quit working.
Do you offer the cutout insert so it can be used as a pattern for cutting into a custom table top?
James B on Jul 3, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I made my own template from a piece of plywood on Table Saw and used the correct radius bit that made the corners fit real nice
will this work with rocklers pro lift#52429?
kelly L on Mar 10, 2019
Rockler Pro Lift Router Lift (8-1/4'' x 11-3/4'' plate)
Rockler Pro Lift Router Lift (8-1/4'' x 11-3/4'' plate)
Leigh 16'' RTJ400 Router Table Dovetail Jig
Leigh 16'' RTJ400 Router Table Dovetail Jig
BEST ANSWER: Yes, I have both items and the RTJ400 works just fine with the Rockler Pro lift. You will need to order the correct insert for the the router lift (which is sold by Rockler) so that the RTJ400 bushing will fit. When you install the new insert and bushing you will need to make a reference mark on the insert so that each time you use the Leigh bushing you will be starting at the correct position of the insert. Instructions on how to do this are given in the RTJ400 instruction book. I've use the combination of the Router lift and the RTJ400 on several drawers with very nice results.
Has anyone else had problems levelling the rockler pro lift router lift plate ? They messed up by not having 4 mounting holes.
Ron M on Feb 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes but I am aiming for perfect and I cannot get the front left corner to sit perfectly flush with the Rockler/Bench Dog Cast Iron table top, even though it is completely flat. The other three corners and the sides are within 1/1000" of flush, so not sure how that can be except the pro-lift must not be completely flat at all 4 corners. I decided it was good enough since material moves from right to left and it is perfect on the right and back sides.
lyle c on Nov 6, 2018
BEST ANSWER: By "moves when using", I assume you mean the bit height changes slightly due to the vibration of the router?There is a locking thumbscrew on the base - once you set you bit height, you can lock this... that should keep it from having any movement.
Will this work with a Sawstop table saw?
joseph g on May 7, 2018
Can't answer your question specifically, you'd have to contact SawStop directly. I'm answering this to give you something else to think about. I bought a SawStop a year ago with the 52' fence extension. What I did was remove the black extension table, Installed a wood frame to hold Rockler's router table that had a cutout for the Prolift. With the router table being orientated 90 degrees to the way SawStop did theirs I can push long pieces of wood through the router table and use the rest of the table saw as an outfeed table and support the wood.
What is the total depth below the router plate? What is the maximum length does it expand d to with a router installed? I have a shallow table with drawers and was wondering the clearance below the table top that is needed.
Jimbo D on Dec 2, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Mine measures 8.5 inches below the plate.
Does this lift work with bosch's mrc23evsk?
L U on Jun 28, 2019
Rockler Pro Lift Router Lift (8-1/4'' x 11-3/4'' plate)
Rockler Pro Lift Router Lift (8-1/4'' x 11-3/4'' plate)
Bosch MRC23EVSK Modular Router, 2.3 HP
Bosch MRC23EVSK Modular Router, 2.3 HP
BEST ANSWER: It works great with my makita. Very similar
Is there a metric-version avaiable?
Björn E on Apr 26, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Not at this time
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