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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)

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

Item #
52429
Rating:
74% of 100
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Rockler Pro Lift Router Lift (8-1/4'' x 11-3/4'' plate)

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


Features:

  • 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
Manufacturer Part Number N/A
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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3.7 / 5.0
13 Reviews
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Just unboxed it - looks and feels really solid and tight. The only thing I noticed was the scale on the "fine" lift ring. The rate of lift is 1/8" per full turn of the crank, but the scale readings are for 1/16"-so you'll have to double what the readings are on the scale.
August 14, 2018
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Installation was easy and the using it is a leg saver. I've been looking for a lift system for a while. When I saw the Rockler lift, it has everything I was looking for. I've been using it for a couple of days now. I'm completely satisfied with with all aspects and would recommend it to others.
April 4, 2018
Purchased
7 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Heavy duty, high quality, smooth operation
Exactly what I hoped for. This is an excellent addition to my Bench Dog table. Solid and heavy but operates very smoothly. Fit perfectly into table opening and my Porter Cable 7518 slid into the housing easily. Love the two options for height adjustment. One note: comes with 1 1/2 inch snap lock ring—too small for most of my bits. Hoping for larger options soon.
April 1, 2018
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Installation was a little more complex for my Benchdog Contractor table
The installation required grinding down the leveling sub-plate to get it to fit into the plate opening. It luckily had just enough material to grind down without grinding into the leveling bolt. Not a big deal, just was not expecting this complication. I have just installed the plate in my router table and have not had a chance to do my first project but i'm looking forward to the new level of fine adjustment.
July 11, 2018
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Great lift. It took a while to tweak it to being flat.
I bought this router lift as a returned. I would have bought an unopened one but I live an hour and a half away from my closest rockler store and this was the only one they had in stock. I don't know if it comes out of the box assembled or if the previous owner assembled it but out of the box it was not flat. I bought the phenolic plate to go with it and I could not get the plate to level with the table...the furthest right hand corner would sit high no matter what I tried. I found that if I dropped the mount all the way down it would flatten out. (Checked with a machined ruler) so I loosened the two posts just enough for them to realign them selves by running the mount up and down a few times. It worked until I put the router in and tightened it...had to do that all over again with the router in the lift. I eventually got it within .004 inches of being flat...perfectly fine for wood working but just irritating to have to put up with. This also helped with the ease of using the "quick gear" it's just hard to get started lowering from it being all the way up. Before hand I couldn't run the router all the way up for fear of breaking something as other reviews mentioned. Now I can. After dealing with that, I've gotten to run some wood through it and it works great.

Yes I do recommend this lift.
June 27, 2018
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Not 5-stars yet
I bought one these units. I installed it on a Benchdog Pro-Top. To do this you have to remove a piece of the metal frame on the left side of the machine. Since I intend to keep the lift regardless of what happens to the Benchdog I was okay with that. It takes about 10 minutes to do with a rotary tool and a cutoff wheel.
They lost star is due to two things. A) Only the 1.5" I.D. plate. Rockler needs to release more sizes ASAP. B) The quick height change gear box is hard to get started. It almost feels like you are going to end up the breaking the thing. The micro-adjust is as smooth as butter! Yes, I will keep this in my shop. Yes, I recommend this router lift.
May 21, 2018
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Works great!
I would have given 5 stars, but I had to modify my Bench Dog cast iron router table saw extension to clear the 4:1 gear reducer on the Pro Lift. The Bench Dog cast iron router table has 8 leveling adjustment screws, 4 in the corners and 4 in the middle of the sides. I had to saw off the left middle side adjustment tab and screw. The reason is that the tab on the table is 1/2" wide and the gear reducer on the bottom of the router plate is only 1/4" in from the edge of the plate. But it still works well without the 8th leveling screw. The top plate is 1/2" thick and is plenty stiff to not deflect without this 8th leveling screw.

Now, I only need the additional insert rings so that I can use larger bits (the Pro Lift comes with one insert ring with a 1-1/2" hole). I know Rockler has them designed even though they are not yet available as it clearly shows one with a 2-1/2" hole in the latest catalog.
May 1, 2018
Purchased
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Works as advertised.
I need those new insert rings of various sizes now so I can get back to excellent-to-perfect-to-outstanding production now! My new 3.25 hp motor wants to flex its muscle now.
April 11, 2018
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Pro Lift critique
My router motor required a 3.5” adapter collar. The adapter, being a non-metallic material, adds a degree of sponginess to the motor clamping system and makes it possible to overtighten the clamp as it squeezes the adapter. When you overtighten it causes binding in the guide rods and cancels the lifting capability that you paid for. If you loosen the clamp to regain lifting ability the motor can slip in the clamp just by pushing on the top of the motor. This is a design weakness (in my opinion). I made several readjustments to the clamp until I found a happy medium that seems to hold the motor securely AND allowed free travel of the lift. But I will always have a fear that the motor will slip its position and ruin a cut. I think if your router motor diameter is large enough to not need an adapter this lift might work better because you would eliminate the additional clamp squeeze. If your router motor is small enough to need the thicker 3.25” adapter it will add even more sponginess to the clamp and your lifting problems will be bigger than mine. Just something to be aware of when choosing a brand.
September 28, 2018
Purchased
2 weeks ago
Needs Improvement
Not sorry I bought this but there's room for improvement. As with other reviewers after installing the router the quick gear would bind when it reached near the top of the lift. Loosening and re-tightening the shaft mount screws (which the installation instructions are missing) helped but slight binding still exists. Using the fine adjustment when the lift is at the top of its run works fine.

The other issue was getting the plate to sit flush and level in the High Pressure Laminate Router Table Top I bought. I guess if you go cheap you get cheap. The problem there was the table sagged in the middle by about a 1/16th of an inch. After I shimmed the table top to take the sag out I was able to adjust the plate accurately.

Now that everything is installed the lift works adequately and I do like the quick release insert ring. This does make changing bits and quickly/accurately adjusting router height much easier than my old router table set up.
July 21, 2018
Purchased
3 months ago
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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
Highly recommend by a trusted user
Linden D on May 11, 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
Precision Control - Easy Lifting
DIANA G on Jun 4, 2018
To provide a good top setting lift to my router table.
Glenn D on Apr 1, 2018
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
BEST ANSWER: I have a
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 ?
michael l on Mar 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The plate dimensions are 8-1/4'' x 11-3/4'', so it would "fit" inside the opening, but you would need to fill in some gaps.
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.
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.
hello! I would like to know if , it works well with router makita RP2301 ?
clark on May 24, 2018
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.
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
Will this fit a Bosch RA1181 and a Bosch 16!7 router?
Doug H on Apr 6, 2018
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: Sounds like a design flaw that wasn'r revealed until the unit got into the hands of users. From the other questions/comments here, it seems like it's a particular problem for those that use an adapter for smaller diameter routers. The frame has a torque or torsion weakness that causes the lift to bind because the struts get out of parallel in certain uses or tightness of the router clamp. I hope that Rockler engineers find a design tweak to resolve this issue, because it looks like an awesome lift. I'm interested in it, but for nearly $400 it has to work right.
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
What is the height of the lift?
Harold B on Sep 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The router lift moves 3.25" travel. It is 9" below the plate (depending on your router how much much more). And it uses an area of 8" by 7" below plate with out router in it.
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
Which insert do I use if I am going to be using the Leigh RTJ400 dovetail jig?
Dale B on Jul 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: 52349
Will a Triton TRA001 3-1/4 HP Dual Mode Precision Plunge Router fit?
Mark P on May 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No it will not fit nor can it be adapted to fit!
I would like to know if it works well with makita IP2301FC 12mm (1/2″) ? please ..!! :)
clark on May 24, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The Rockler Pro Router Lift will not accommodate the Makita router.
What lift works with a Dewalt 611 plunge router?
Ralph N on May 18, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, the DeWalt 611 is too small for this lift
Will this work with a Sawstop table saw?
joseph g on May 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Work with? in what way do you mean? ... if you have an extension table on it that accommodates a 8 1/4" x 11 3/4" router lift, then yes.
Am I misunderstanding the fine adjustment read out? It indicates that one rotation is 4/64" (1/16"), but one rotation is actually 1/8".
Richard S on May 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I agree with you. Just ran some measurements and one rotation raises the bit 1/8 of an inch. I usually do not pay attention to measurements that are preset. I always “eyeball” and use a ruler which I trust a lot more. I have been using the lift for about a month and love the smooth raising and lowering of the router motor. The 1/8 inch seems to be consistent. If you want use the dial, I would factor that conversion into all my future measurements . Jay P
Will the Bosch 1619EVS 3.25 HP router fit in this lift?
Tom G on Apr 2, 2018
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