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Forum topic by DEH57 posted 12-31-2016 02:50 PM 855 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-31-2016 02:50 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router lift durability customer support


I have some questions on the JessEm Rout-R-Lift.

I’m a budget conscious and beginning woodworker, giving up mechanics as a hobby after 45 years.

I don’t have “top dollar” tools, but most are decent and for now, get the job done given my current skill level (newbie).

I am looking at that router lift for a routing table I want to build. I have a couple of routers that may or may not fit in it (DeWalt 611, Ryobi, Ridgid). My questions are not about fitment yet. I searched the LumberJocks archives for info on the lift, and found some information that was good, but didn’t answer some of the questions I have before I buy this item.

Like most folks, I have to carefully spend my available limited funds. This router lift appears to get overall good marks, and I am really considering purchasing it.


1) How is JessEm customer support, near term and over the long haul?

2) How does this lift hold up over time with some-to-moderate use?

3) How accurate is it? I know, this answer is dependent on lots of things, mostly a “new user”!!

Thanks in advance for any feedback you all can provide.

Respectfully, DEH57

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#1 posted 12-31-2016 02:57 PM

Customer support good.’
The lift is well built. There is only one moving part and that is the screw for depth adjustment.
It is as accurate as the user. Like any scale on woodworking machines it is accurate but you should still do test cuts to dial it in to where you need it.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 12-31-2016 03:03 PM

I assume you are talking about this one:

I have it (bought it on sale at Woodcraft last year). I have been very happy with it. I am hobbyist, so it gets only lite use.

In terms of accuracy, I have regularly made <1mm adjustments to the bit height with no issues.

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#3 posted 12-31-2016 05:55 PM

I have had mine for a little over a year now. I wouldn’t want any other lift. It is rock solid, and I’m using interior door sized bits. The panel raising bit is over 3-1/2 inches in diameter. The nut for the lead screw is a split design that’s adjustable with a rubber o-ring that allows you it to have zero backlash. I installed a Wixey WR525 Remote Digital Readout and can literally turn the handle back and forth and watch the readout change in 0.001 inch increments without any backlash. It’s pretty amazing.

If you do get one and want to add the digital readout, PM me and I’ll send you photos of how I mounted it to the lift. It’s not a drop-in item.

I just noticed that your question was in reference to the Rout-R-lift. I have the Mast-R-Lift II and my comments were based on it. Many of the features, such as the adjustable thread tension are the same though.

Also, they have a list of compatible router motors on their web site.

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Gene Howe

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#4 posted 01-01-2017 01:33 PM

Great lift. Rugged and easily adjusted for precise cuts. Jessem’s customer service is excellent.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 01-02-2017 04:19 AM

Love mine and all of my Jessem stuff!

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#6 posted 01-02-2017 06:05 AM

It’s a very good one. I doubt you’d be dissatisfied.

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#7 posted 01-14-2017 12:47 PM

Folks – thanks a lot for the posts above. A lot of good advice and points brought up. This will be a near term purchase.

To Rich Taylor, I may PM you very soon. Thanks!


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