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Forum topic by willhime posted 08-20-2019 10:25 PM 221 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-20-2019 10:25 PM

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I use the jessem rout-r-lift II and it functioned smooth for a few months but now it’s always laborious to crank up and down. Basically after every other use I have to lift it out of the table, air hose off the pistons and lift threaded rod and coat them with white lithium grease. Is there something better for this or am I doing something wrong ?

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#1 posted 08-20-2019 10:46 PM

I would not use grease as it attracts dust. Try some silicone spray after cleaning off the grease I think you’ll be happy. Otherwise are you happy with the Jessum Lift? What motor do you use with it. I think I will be in the market soon.

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#2 posted 08-20-2019 11:41 PM

Interesting. I’ll try silicone. Re-reading, I meant to ask is of white lithium grease is better. It’s a good plate. If I had more $, I’d prefer to have the side-crank plate. So there’s less stuff to worry about catching when I’m routing the inside of a box or whatever else.

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#3 posted 08-20-2019 11:43 PM

Turn it over and disassemble the anti-backlash assembly that the lift screw goes into. Clean it, the threads on the lift screw and the posts.

Lubricate the pieces and reassemble. Like Albert says, use a silicone dry lube, not grease.

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#4 posted 08-21-2019 02:25 AM

I have the a similar issue—but its only when i get it raised to the very top it sticks a bit before lowering it back down. I strangely went with the white lithium grease too. I sprayed it with wd-40 and then tried the white lithium grease. I’ll look into the silocne dry lube. Does glide cote count as one?

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#5 posted 08-21-2019 10:51 AM

disassembly is your friend ; )

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#6 posted 08-21-2019 05:01 PM

ditto to dump the grease worst thing you can use in a dusty enviroment,dry spray only.i think glide cote should be fine,i use it a lot myself.

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