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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 full-size 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)

Item #
52429
Rating:
86% of 100

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 available separately

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''
4.3 / 5.0
46 Reviews
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Makes it easy to adjust router height.
I was tired of using the router itself to adjust as the adjustment was a bit less than exact and needed several attempts to get right. This makes the job simple and easy. Setup takes some time, but once done it is time to celebrate.
Side view mounted on bench-dog
top view mounted on bench-dog
July 8, 2020
Purchased
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Easy adjustment
Built a router table into the end of my Jet table saw. Added T-Track and the Rockler Router fence. Works great!
Built a router table into the end of my Jet table saw.   Works great!
Built a router table into the end of my Jet table saw. Works great!
July 1, 2020
Purchased
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Pro-Lift is center of upgraded router table
The lift adds accuracy, efficiency and safety to the routing process. I built a new top to accommodate the lift and also added other Rockler products to complete the router table.
Laminate top with T-track to accommodate feather boards.
Added safety switch, knobs and dust collection.
June 26, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Works very well !!!!
It works as well as the one I got for my p.c. 690 router. I just needed a more powerful router.
June 19, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Awesome Lift
Very precise and ridged construction!
Table with T tracks and Rockler router fence.
Rockler paddle switch
June 16, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
So much easier to adjust the way are used to do it I love it works perfectly best thing I ever did was to purchase this
So much easier to adjust the way are used to do it I love it works perfectly best thing I ever did was to purchase this
June 15, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
A few issues but Rockler Customer Service was great
My first lift had a stripped set screw for the router plate. I called Rockler technical support to confirm it was a defect and not user error; Rockler Customer service shipped out a new Lift right away, even before I returned the defective one.

The second one had a defective crank handle - Rockler shipped a replacement right away and I was able to still use the lift with an Allen wrench.

Once these issues were resolved, the router lift is great! Much quicker to change router bits. The lift mechanism is smooth and it is quick to adjust height. the micro-adjust lets you accurately dial in cuts.
April 21, 2020
Purchased
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
rockler pro lift II
I love this tool, what a great help in set-up and adjustment. I put off buying it because of the price and I would have liked to see the insert rings come with it. But, I gave in and bought both the lift and the insert rings. Very easy to install on my Porter Cable 7518 router and everything fit on my aluminum plate and Rockler table top. What a great investment.
April 6, 2020
Purchased
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Rockler Pro Lift router lift
Extremely pleased with the Pro lift. Well constructed with quality materials. Installation was very easy. I use it with a PC 690 Router and the adapter ring. The lift is installed in an older Bench Dog router table. For the life of me I don't know why I waited so long to purchased this. It has made using the router so very much easier. Five stars.
March 29, 2020
Purchased
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
I LIKE it!
Haven't had a chance to use it much, but got the new table all put together, ( New Yankee workshop plans), and I look forward to many years of use. The lift is the icing on the cake. I have dreamed about it for years, and finally bit the bullet and did it. No regrets!
February 10, 2020
Purchased
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
Easy and accurate adjustment of router bit.
Jeffrey S on Jul 10, 2020
Replace the current router lift
Mike N on Jun 12, 2020
Easy and accurate adjustment of router bit.
Jeffrey S on Jul 10, 2020
Improve accuracy and setup.
Kevin B on Jul 1, 2020
Replace the current router lift
Mike N on Jun 12, 2020
I have my current router plate mounted to the table and have to reach under the table to set depth unless I unscrew it each time. It has a very sloppy adjustment and clamp which doesn't allow for fine adjustment. I really like the idea of having precision setting adjustability from the top. I should be able to achieve better depth settings with this unit. I also have an older Rocker table and this one fits.
Andrew B on May 29, 2020
I'm tired of struggling to raise my router from inside the Dust Right bucket under my table.
Debby on May 29, 2020
no thanks
Leroy P on May 26, 2020
Ease of adjustment.
Terry A on May 16, 2020
Replacing old router so it's a perfect time to upgrade my router table too!
STEVEN J on May 10, 2020
looking for a lift and this fits my older Rockler table with out modification.
Dennis G on May 8, 2020
I needed a lift for my new P.C 7518 router to fit my existing Rockler Pro Phenolic table.
John H on May 7, 2020
i thought it would be a nice option handy and quick for my router table thank you for your quick service on other purchases
sylvan fisher Y on May 5, 2020
Great reviews, and I got a coupon code in the mail.
James H on May 3, 2020
Building a work bench love the iodine blue
909ers on May 1, 2020
Easy way to change the bits
Larry D on Apr 30, 2020
Reviews were great on this lift!
Pete A on Feb 28, 2020
i think it will be great
Chris W on Feb 26, 2020
I was going to get the fx lift, but then after a little research on the pro lift I felt it was a better lift for my needs
Daniel B on Feb 13, 2020
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
Improve accuracy and setup.
Kevin B on Jul 1, 2020
I have my current router plate mounted to the table and have to reach under the table to set depth unless I unscrew it each time. It has a very sloppy adjustment and clamp which doesn't allow for fine adjustment. I really like the idea of having precision setting adjustability from the top. I should be able to achieve better depth settings with this unit. I also have an older Rocker table and this one fits.
Andrew B on May 29, 2020
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 fit a Bosch RA1181 and a Bosch 16!7 router?
Doug H on Apr 6, 2018
Can this fit my 9" x 12" (exactly) table opening ?
Mike97 on Mar 14, 2018
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.
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
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.
Will the Bosch 1619EVS 3.25 HP router fit in this lift?
Tom G on Apr 2, 2018
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 the pro lift work with a Bosch model RA1171 router table or would I have to modify the table?
William E L on Dec 25, 2018
hello! I would like to know if , it works well with router makita RP2301 ?
clark on May 24, 2018
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.
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
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
Does this plate have leveling set screws on the bottom, also does it have something to make it tight in the opening?
Larry D on May 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The leveling screws are located in the router table top, not the lift itself.
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: Mine measures 5/16"
Does this work with the dewalt618pkb?
Adrian on Apr 12, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Do not know, find the diameter of any router in the manufacturers specks. Then order the adapter for that diameter with the lift.
Anyone else have trouble with the locking mechanism? I tighten the knob as tight as it goes, but you can still turn the dial and have it move.
Sam W on Mar 22, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I have a Porter Cable 7518 mounted in mine and have no “locking” problems. The only problem I have is the release button for the inserts. Had to wrap tape around lift lever to make it raise to release insert.
I have a rockler lift I bought off someone but I don't have the height adjustment tool can I order one ?
John on Feb 29, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Please contact Rockler Product Support at 800-260-9663 for pricing and information on replacement parts.
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.
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