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10-12-2016 04:28 AM

Topic tags/keywords: router fence lift router fence router lift

I am considering purchasing the Ready2Lift and Ready2Rout from Next Wave Automation, the makers of CNC Shark’s and CNC Piranha ( ). I read a review posted on 11/12/2013 that expressed some favorable comments about the fence system ( ).

If you own either tool, could you please share your thoughts and experiences?

Thanks in advance.

-- Rob

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#1 posted 10-13-2016 05:24 AM

These things have been around three years and it appears not many people have them. I really like the set up and accuracy aspect. I also like the installed joinery apps. I might just be alone with this.

-- Rob

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#2 posted 10-13-2016 08:26 PM

I have the Ready2Rout fence on my router table. There are pros and cons with it just like anything else. Here are some thoughts of mine:


1. very accurate and repeatable, down to .001” every time.
2. sturdy and heavy duty enough to handle a good bit of pressure put on the fence.
3. clickstops at the ends of the leadscrew travel so you don’t have to worry about jamming the screw and messing something up. It recovers from user error pretty well.
4. has held up for moderate use from me for about two years.

1. no off switch or timeout period. (easy fix by plugging it into a powerstrip and turning it off there)
2. must remember to send it back home if you want it to remember it’s position when you turn it off. IOW, no memory of it’s position when it’s off. It resets to zero when switched on. If you remember to home it before turning it off, it;s not that big a deal, though.
3. instructions are hard to follow at first. Could have been a lot clearer, but once you get used to it not so bad.
4. I had to do some smoothing and sanding of the fence to have the sections line up properly.

Bottom line, it’s a great idea that feels like it’s in the beta stage of development and just hasn’t had the refinements yet to make it a kick-a.. piece of equipment. i don’t regret buying it, but if I had it to do over I would consider the Incra system. That’s mainly because I don’t do so much on the router that requires the programming ability of the Ready2Rout.

-- -- Don from PA

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#3 posted 10-14-2016 02:45 AM

Have you found yourself disappointed by the length of travel?

-- Rob

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#4 posted 10-14-2016 09:36 AM


No, the length of travel hasn’t been an issue for me. Most of what I use the router table for doesn’t need more than about 5 inches or so. I think it has around 6.5 or 7 inches of travel. I’ll have to check after I wake up a bit more and get back to you.

One of the advantages to the Incra system I mentioned would be more travel though, if that’s a concern for you.

One thing that the Ready2Rout doesn’t have that would make it SO much more useful would be a teach/learn mode. IOW, have it remember a sequence of moves you could store and repeat. Since I’m not sure how much internal memory the thing has, I don’t know if a firmware update would be possible or a complete redesign would be needed. Having that learn/repeat capability would be a fantastic upgrade I think.


-- -- Don from PA

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#5 posted 10-14-2016 11:27 AM

No opinion on the Ready2Rout…

I don’t own but have seen and handled the Ready2Lift. Comparing it to my Woodpecker manual lift, the unit is just not very robust. I can’t judge the electronics/positioning capability but the mechanical design is flimsy compared to any manual lift on the market.

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#6 posted 10-14-2016 12:55 PM

Don, see this.

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#7 posted 10-14-2016 05:36 PM

Timberwolf thanks for the link to that video

Rob I checked the travel on my ready to route and I get 7.6 inches total

-- -- Don from PA

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#8 posted 03-15-2017 07:36 PM


I’m would like to create a router plate template for the Ready2Lift router lift, 9-1/2” x 11-3/4” plate.

While waiting for my lift to be shipped, I asked Next Wave Automation tech support if they could provide the radius for the router plate corners….they responded saying they don’t know it.

Is Next Wave Automation not the manufacture of the Ready2Lift unit?

Does anyone have a Ready2Lift unit (9-1/2” width) and able to provide the plate’s corner radius?

Thanks in advance!

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#9 posted 07-15-2018 06:30 PM

Don, see this.

- ohtimberwolf

Going to YouTube and searching Ready2Rout will also get you videos by James Hamilton, “Stumpy Nubs” and Tom Hintz “New Woodworker” both show them in use, seems like a bit more detail.

In case you haven't seen it the Owners Manual for the lift.

I don't see one marked as specifically for the positioning device, but here is download, and update page.

I’ve been looking at these, and they push a PC 7518 in it, Anyone have one using something else, maybe less expensive? Since B&D trashed the PC line I’m skeert to buy something new made by PC that expensive. I have a bunch of old 690’s and feel that for just DT’s and straight bit work the 690 would probably be strong enough. Thoughts/experiences about that?

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