Yes, did mine about 2 years ago. Removed the springs and some other
non-essential parts and have mine mounted permanently in a router table on a
As for cutting the top to a larger size - its easy enough with a metal blade
on a jig saw then file it to clean it up. The material you remove is really
minimal and does not lessen the strength of the base. You're actually just
completing the hole by cutting off the flat edge they put there. Before I
did it though, I did call Freud and priced out a new base - $64 at the time
and included some other parts (tubes etc.) which you really don't need.
I've been using the large, Freud panel raising bits with no problem. I also
bought the "Bent Wrench" from CMT and filed it open to 27mm to fit the
collet nut. Works great too...