Great setup with repeatable results

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Review by Toddmc posted 11-23-2011 04:42 PM 8143 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have had the Mast-R-Lift II complete table system for about 6 or 7 monthes, and feel like it is time to do a review on it after using it extensivly. The package I got came with the stand, the table top, the fence, the mast-R-lift II router lift, power tek switch, reducing rings, and 4 parrallegram feather boards. To set up this whole system and get everything aligned took about 4 hours.

The stand is very sturdy and made of thicker material than the run of the mill open angle iron stand. There are independently adjustable rubber foot on all the legs so it can be leveled perfectly. The power switch has a two plugs with the one main on off switch. My only beef here is when I unplug my moble dust collector it pulls the lug out of the socket and I have to push it back in everytime. I have not conntacted customer support about this yet but I will.

The router lift has everything you could want from one, I can change bits above the table, has extreamly smooth operation even after being caked with sawdust, and is of heavy construction. This system I think will last a long time, it is very sturdy. I got a brand new porter cable 7518 variable speed router to go in it. Had zero problems with the installation from what I remember. This router has been able to handle everything that comes its way from the finesse of small bits to the large panel cutters. It works great! I use all whiteside bits and the cut quality is perfect with repeatable results.

The router fence is in perfect alignment. There is no catch when placing a board across the opening where the router bit goes. There are a lot of traks in the fence to use home made jigs on, so the options are really endless with this fence. The feather boards that come with the unit work great and are of heavy plastic construction. I do have one problem with them, thte package I ordered did not come with the extra long bolts to alow for stacking of the feather boards (not a problem just would have expected the 8 extra bolts to be included since they are specialty type bolts, they have like a stud type ending for use with the T track as a locking mechnism). I also thought that the fence stop would have been included but it was not (my thought was something called the complete router package should have it included, not a problem just my opionion).

Overall I would give it 4 stars due to the power switch problem, and not really having anything to compare it to (I upgraded from a $150 dollar craftsmen router and router table setup). I would definatly buy this setup again in a heartbeat.

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#1 posted 11-24-2011 12:17 AM

I have the same set-up and it is great! Much easier to use than my old set-up which I had problems using due to my bad back and cannot lift the router which is spring loaded to the proper height without a lot of fiddling! Now I simply turn the crank, measure, test and go! I found mine on Craigslist and when I went to pick it up there were a bunch of other stuff available which I also picked up. I spent $600. for about $1200. worth! Good day for me.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 11-29-2011 06:11 AM

I am currently researching router tables and lifts and I am glad I read your objective review. I agree and understand your frustration when you are short of a few hard to find bolts or screws, it can take quite a bit of time to get your hands on them, just when you need them right now, to get your current project finished. The cost to the manufacturer, has got to be way less than it is to a customer going to a store, to try and find what he needs, and then buying something that may be jury rigged.
NOTE. Your equipment may not be grounded if the “lug” comes out of the socket! My recommendation is to get customer service to fix this fast!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#3 posted 11-29-2011 09:10 PM

Thanks for the review, I have been looking to get a quality router table. This might be the ticket!

-- I'm not as good as I once was, but I'm as good once as I ever was.

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#4 posted 11-23-2016 02:46 AM

I had Jessem lift that came with my Jet saw. It mounted in the side table. Quite honestly is was terrible. It had a friction height locking mechanism that used a rubber washer between two lock nuts. If you got it tight enough to hold a setting you had a hard time making adjustments. It had a wimpy fence system… mostly just too short and small but removing the fence to use my saw was time consuming and irritating. Not really the fault of the lift but never the less annoying. Probably the most annoying aspect was having to remove the router to change bits. Again, this is not a specific complaint against Jessem but definitely against most router lifts. I actually wore out the thumb nut on my router base removing the darn thing.

In my opinion a lift top table is the only way to go. I have two lift top router tables in my projects if you want to take a look.

I suspect Jessem has improved a lot. My lift was probably 20 years old.

Check out my lift top router table in my projects. There are many ways to design a lift for this type table. I sell a lift for this type table but building a lift

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