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Axis39

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05-12-2020 01:55 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router lift incra jessem

Tired of fiddling around and fighting with my router. I have. Ridgid router installed in a table and I like almost everything about this set up, except, the backlash in the lock of the Ridgid is pretty substantial, so I have to really fight the height adjustment. Every now and again, I won’t get it locked in just right and the router literally falls out of the base… Luckily, I have some plastic tool boxes directly underneath, so the router rarely falls any distance na usually has a somewhat soft place ot land… But, you can imagine what this does to my vocabulary when it does happen.

So, I’ve decided to go top fo the line…

I like the look of the metal inserts on the Incra. I like the lock on the JessEm…. Not sure which is better, phenolic or aluminum? I like the few bucks cheaper on the JessEm as well (But, it’s not a huge difference, so I’d rather have the better unit)

I’ve just gotten serious about this search… I’d like to purchase soon. Are there any other features I’m missing out on? I mean other than those mentioned, it seems like the two are pretty comparable.

Edite – Also wanted ot include that I also own Dewalt 610 and 618 routers, so the idea I might throw one of those motors in form time to time is always a possibility.

-- John F. SoCal transplant, chewer uppper of good wood


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bmerrill

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#1 posted 05-12-2020 02:10 PM

The INCRA Mast-R-Lift II is made by Jessem for Incra to accept the magnetic inserts. Except for this difference they are identical.

-- You are not told the truth, you have to learn the truth.

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Madmark2

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#2 posted 05-12-2020 03:41 PM

Alum is more rigid than phenol.

Incra plate works great w/o lift. Lift out router & plate. Press release button and plate with base pops off for total access. Change bit, replace base, drop plate in, set height with DRO, flip latch and route all day with no slippage.


Total access for bit and speed changes.
Alum plate doesn’t flex even with big Milwaukee 3-1/2 hp router.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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Rich

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#3 posted 05-12-2020 04:00 PM

The JessEm Mast-R-Lift II plate is aluminum, not phenolic resin. It also allows bit changes from above the table, so there’s no wasting time removing the motor and reattaching for such a routine operation.

When I bought mine shipping from JessEm direct was free and there was no tax added.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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Gene Howe

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#4 posted 05-12-2020 04:47 PM

I’ve had a PC 7518 motor only in a Jessem Master lift for about 20 years. No complaints.

-- 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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gtrgeo

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#5 posted 05-13-2020 04:37 PM

I have the Incra version. It is a wonderfully precise piece of machinery. As far as I know the only difference is the inserts and name engraved in the plate; both are made by Jessem. I chose the Incra because I really liked the metal inserts, how they are held in with magnets, and the ability to fine tune their height. I do not regret the decision. I plan to buy a set of the clean sweep rings next time I see them on sale as they look to really help with dust control for trapped cuts such as dadoes.

I have the PC 7518 in mine but the Jessem/Incra lift has the ability to mount most any router motor by adjusting mounts in the lift. I also picked up a set of the bent wrenches from Rockler which helps to make bit changes a little easier since the 7518 will not fit up through the opening.

George

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mtnwalton

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#6 posted 05-13-2020 04:50 PM

I’ve got the Incra Mast r lift built for the Rockler tables. Bought last year with new table, stand and fence. I waited a long time to get the one I wanted and it was the right decision. Design, build quality are superb. It is a pleasure to use. I love feel of the lock and height adjustment, the magnetic insert plates and hooked to a Jet 3hp collector, dust is not an issue.

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Woodmaster1

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#7 posted 05-13-2020 06:23 PM

I have the kreg lift it looks just like the Jessem higher priced one. It’s a little cheaper than the jessem.

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Axis39

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#8 posted 05-13-2020 06:30 PM

Thanks everyone. Now to see if either goes on sale any time soon….

-- John F. SoCal transplant, chewer uppper of good wood

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#9 posted 05-13-2020 08:38 PM

I have a Woodpecker PRL V2. It has a lifetime guarantee. It will accurately adjust to 1/232”. I bought an old Version 1 on CList a few years ago for $200. When the brake started getting a little stiff and they didn’t have parts for it they sent me a brand new Version 2 for $100 and I got to keep the Version 1 which I sold on CL for $200. Can’t beat that!

Any of them are better than no lift at all.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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987Ron

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#10 posted 05-13-2020 09:29 PM



I have the Incra version. It is a wonderfully precise piece of machinery. As far as I know the only difference is the inserts and name engraved in the plate; both are made by Jessem. I chose the Incra because I really liked the metal inserts, how they are held in with magnets, and the ability to fine tune their height. I do not regret the decision. I plan to buy a set of the clean sweep rings next time I see them on sale as they look to really help with dust control for trapped cuts such as dadoes.

I have the PC 7518 in mine but the Jessem/Incra lift has the ability to mount most any router motor by adjusting mounts in the lift. I also picked up a set of the bent wrenches from Rockler which helps to make bit changes a little easier since the 7518 will not fit up through the opening.

George

- gtrgeo


ditto on the above. I upgraded to this and am very pleased with it. The locking feature absolutely prevents creeping. Love the magnetic clean sweep rings. A ring is available to hold a guide. Have not used that yet. I have a Bosch router in mine.

-- It's not a mistake it's a design opportunity

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