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Forum topic by Axis39 posted 04-09-2021 01:39 PM 434 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Axis39

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04-09-2021 01:39 PM

I have a JessEm Router Lift II and love it. But, the router I have in it is a smaller motor (2 HP). It has done about everything I’ve asked. But, there are a couple of things that bug me… Plus, I would like to step up and get a 3 1/4 hp motor to run some larger bits from time to time.

I won’t be changing out my JessEm lift. I cannot believe for a second that any lift mechanism on any router these days is more accurate.

I also need variable speed… But, I’d like to get a remote speed control as well (currently, the speed control is on the body of my router)

So, is the Triton the king? It seems to be pretty popular. Anybody using one with a JessEm lift? How do you like it? Is there a better motor available?

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


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#1 posted 04-09-2021 02:13 PM

Take a look at the Porter Cable 7518 (3-1/4 HP). It is one of the long time standards for router tables. It also has 5 speeds. You might be able to buy just the motor and not have to get the base with it. I had a Jess-Em lift and the 7518 fit in it.

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#2 posted 04-09-2021 02:25 PM

I think for lift fans that the King is the PC 7518. You hear a LOT of people using Triton plunge routers, but they are mounting them in with the plunge base, and just the spring removed for through the top adjustment.

Outside of the PC 7518 I know MLCS has a no name motor, and Bora has one also. All are 4.2” diameter, and are usually seen without a base, as the base would just cost more $$$$.

I don’t know lifts, but I would suggest finding out what diameter your lift will accept, as it is my understanding some that hold lower powered router motors, can also be smaller diameter.

Jess em lifts I know they make 4.2”, but also make 3.5” diameter.

https://jessem.com/collections/router-lifts-and-plates

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#3 posted 04-09-2021 02:44 PM

Yes, talk to Jessem. I have the PowerTek motor & MastRLiftII in mine, but I don’t think they carry it anymore. I know that lift can take several different motors.

There is a difference in motor size capability b/t RouterLiftII and MastRLiftII. I believe the RLII is meant for smaller diameter motors, so you may be limited on HP there. Again, talk to Jessem.

If Jessem still has the remote speed control it is pretty nice.

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#4 posted 04-09-2021 03:54 PM

Another one to consider is the Milwaukee 5625. Seems like I’ve read somewhere that PC is not producing routers anymore. Like SteveN said, the Triton is a plunge router…you’d have a hell of a time putting it in a Jessem lift.

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#5 posted 04-10-2021 01:32 AM

I bought the Jessem package, table, fence, lift and the whole deal. I also bought the Porter cable router for it. I have no complaints other than the need for a vacuum set up for the underside of the table. It’s on my to do list for this summer. It’s been a fantastic addition to my shop.

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#6 posted 04-12-2021 01:59 PM

Thanks for the responses guys. Looks like PC (which I also understand is no longer making routers) or Milwaukee.

Time to go sniff out a deal….

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

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#7 posted 04-13-2021 02:59 AM

If a PC motor fit in your Router Lift II, unfortunately a Milwaukee won’t work. Jessem has different model numbers for the RL-II, based on motor diameter. So, you’re limited to finding a motor with the same diameter (3.5”, IIRC), as the PC.

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#8 posted 04-13-2021 03:40 AM

Triton router has it’s own lift mechanism no need for a separate lift. Any other router with the correct diameter will work. Look for a variable speed router.

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Axis39

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#9 posted 04-13-2021 04:31 AM



If a PC motor fit in your Router Lift II, unfortunately a Milwaukee won t work. Jessem has different model numbers for the RL-II, based on motor diameter. So, you re limited to finding a motor with the same diameter (3.5”, IIRC), as the PC.

- JohnDon

Actually, the PC 7518 (4.2” motor), the Milwaukee 5615 (3.32” motor) and several others that range from 3.2” to 4.2” are all listed as fitting the Mast-R-Lift II. So, i think I’m good.

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

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