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Schmacker

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07-21-2021 02:48 AM

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I’ve been studying, designing and building myself a router table/cabinet. It’s basically an adaptation of the new Yankee table.
Now it’s time to order a lift. Would you buy the Rockler, the Jessem, or the Incra? And why ?

I’ll be hanging a PC7518.

They all seem to be about the same price. But i have seen the Jessem Mast R Lift II sold for basically 3 prices, $350, $250 or even as low as $100. I’m assuming the lower prices are from scam sites.

-- Bob, North Carolina, ......... Perfect: adjective: 1- That which will get no better or no worse, as long as you leave it the heck alone!


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#1 posted 07-21-2021 04:02 AM

Get the Incra, There is both a Rockler version and a Incra version. The big thing is it handles all the routers without additional adapters. That coupled with the dust collecting inserts makes one nice set up. Jessem makes it for both of the companies. Dan

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#2 posted 07-21-2021 04:50 AM

I have the JessEm Mast-R-Lift II. It also can accept dozens of router motors without additional adapters. Their Rout-R-Lift will save you a few dollars, but you’ll have to choose the right model for your router motor.

I’m not sure why anyone would suggest buying a JessEm product branded by anyone else.

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

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#3 posted 07-21-2021 09:33 AM

Crazy question… You will get as many answers for, as there are brands on the market… You haven’t mentioned Woodpecker, Unilift, Kreg... just to mention 1 more than 2. Then there’s a bucketload of lifter plans out there, always willing to deprive you of your hard earned shekels… and some are great.

Very few people will fess up to buying a lemon and will justify their purchase through hell and high water… Seeking opinions will usually produce biased responses and not necessarily well presented evaluations…

MY suggestion is to do your due diligence and make your own decision… that way you’ve only yourself to blame… However, if you want a recommendation… go the Woodpecker... though I love my Unilift... and have had my eye on the Jessem... and…

BTW. Welcome to LJ… and there are more crazies here other than me.

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987Ron

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#4 posted 07-21-2021 01:42 PM

Agree with LBD on doing your own research and selection. Never bought much that I later liked on solely someone else’s likes or dislikes.

For what it is worth, I upgraded to the Incra a year or so ago. Chose the Incra do to the ability to lock the setting, and the magnetic held inserts. It also fit my table. It raises a bit higher than the old one making bit changes easier. Side note, I have a small electric screw driver that I have a hex driver in. Use it powered for rapid up and down movement of the lift, then manual for final adjustments. Easier than cranking

-- Ron

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#5 posted 07-21-2021 01:51 PM



I have the JessEm Mast-R-Lift II. It also can accept dozens of router motors without additional adapters. Their Rout-R-Lift will save you a few dollars, but you’ll have to choose the right model for your router motor.

I’m not sure why anyone would suggest buying a JessEm product branded by anyone else.

- Rich


+1 love it

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#6 posted 07-21-2021 01:53 PM

I have the Kreg. I like it. It has an issue: it uses a different leveling scheme that isn’t compatible with pre-existing cutouts on router tables. The outer size is the same as the cutouts, but the leveling system needs extra work. I did a work around that was pretty easy.

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#7 posted 07-21-2021 02:00 PM

I bought the JessEm Rout-R-Lift II last year and love, love, love it.

I debated for a long time over the metallic inserts of the Incra (and I am an Incra fanboi). That was probably the most difficult decision I’ve had to make in a long time… Still not 100% sure I made the correct decision. But, it’s not like i have any regrets or complaints about the JessEm.

The Rout-R-Lift ii is a solid piece. It is accurate, locks in beautifully, so easy to dial in exact heights, and it fits about any router out there.

My guess is that those $100 JessEms are the lesser model.

The Woodpecker one was just more money than I was willing to drop (without seemingly adding any functionality). While I love Kreg, there was something about it I didn’t like, but can’t remember what that was this early in the morning. The Rockler one? Man, I can’t remember why I din’t pick it, but it was in the running… Maybe it was the odd size? Is that the one with the odd size?

Anyway, my advice is either the Incra with the metal inserts, or the Jessem Rout-R-Lift ii. But, honestly, you can’t go wrong with any of them!

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

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LittleBlackDuck

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#8 posted 07-21-2021 02:14 PM

Regardless of which lifter you get, may I suggest you take a look at the Eliminator Chuck for the PC, if you haven’t heard of them already.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#9 posted 07-21-2021 02:20 PM



Regardless of which lifter you get, may I suggest you take a look at the Eliminator Chuck for the PC, if you haven t heard of them already.

- LittleBlackDuck

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#10 posted 07-21-2021 02:29 PM

If you would like people to evaluate what it is you are looking at, please copy and paste in the actual links you are looking at. Otherwise it’s hard to say what you are looking at.

Doing a search of “Jessem Mast R Lift II” I am getting $369.00

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#11 posted 07-21-2021 02:36 PM

Some lessor models ( many companies make more than one) but also scam sites with what seems to be too good to be true. It is.

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#12 posted 07-21-2021 02:43 PM


Doing a search of “Jessem Mast R Lift II” I am getting $369.00

- therealSteveN

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$369 is a good ball park figure for that one. The Rout-R-Lift is less expensive, but as I pointed out, you need to order the correct one for your router motor and the list of compatible motors is smaller than the Mast-R-Lift.

For anyone buying JessEm, unless a retailer has it on sale, like Woodcraft does occasionally with the Rout-R-Lift, order it directly from JessEm. They’re in Canada, so you won’t pay sales tax (at least I didn’t several years ago) and shipping is free (again, it was back when I got mine).

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

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Schmacker

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#13 posted 07-21-2021 02:46 PM



I’m not sure why anyone would suggest buying a JessEm product branded by anyone else.

- Rich

Possibly because of the magnetic inserts. Not sure if there are other benefits.

-- Bob, North Carolina, ......... Perfect: adjective: 1- That which will get no better or no worse, as long as you leave it the heck alone!

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Schmacker

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#14 posted 07-21-2021 04:10 PM



Crazy question… You will get as many answers for, as there are brands on the market… You haven t mentioned Woodpecker, Unilift, Kreg... just to mention 1 more than 2.

I overlooked the Woodpecker because I thought I had read that it was no longer made. That was wrong. I’m checking it out now. Based on the “Deep dive” video I watched the brake mechanism and the thumb wheel seem tedious. There seems to be some value in the ability to quickly raise and lower the router. How big of a benefit is that? How cumbersome/convenient is it to have to crank up a router as opposed to just quickly lifting as done with the PRL V2?

It seems the unilift is a woodpeck product that is used with a plunge router. I do not have a plunge base for the PC7518 I plan to hang.

Something about the Kreg just does not seem as high quality as the Jessem. That’s not a fair assessment though and probably says more about the companies marketing abilities than the actual tools themselves. (Especially since I just read in another forum that the Kreg is made by Jessem. But, we know how reliable forum comments are. ;-) ) I do not see the Kreg mentioned as often in the many reviews and “Best router” videos that I’ve seen.


MY suggestion is to do your due diligence and make your own decision… that way you ve only yourself to blame… However, if you want a recommendation… go the Woodpecker... though I love my Unilift... and have had my eye on the Jessem... and…
- LittleBlackDuck

I am, and this is one of the final steps in that research.

Oh, and thanks for the “recommendation”.

-- Bob, North Carolina, ......... Perfect: adjective: 1- That which will get no better or no worse, as long as you leave it the heck alone!

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Schmacker

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#15 posted 07-21-2021 04:12 PM


Side note, I have a small electric screw driver that I have a hex driver in. Use it powered for rapid up and down movement of the lift, then manual for final adjustments. Easier than cranking

- 987Ron

great tip, thanks

-- Bob, North Carolina, ......... Perfect: adjective: 1- That which will get no better or no worse, as long as you leave it the heck alone!

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