LumberJocks

Users of older Jessem Excell Router Lift?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by Ben posted 11-18-2021 10:35 PM 223 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Ben's profile

Ben

507 posts in 4193 days


11-18-2021 10:35 PM

I’m considering a purchase of a used Jessem table and lift setup. It appears to be a discontinued/older model of Jessem’s Mast-R-Lift Excell II. I can’t find any info about it whatsoever.

This one has no lock on the hand crank, and the crank itself looks completely different. The underside has a belt linked to the drive gear instead of a more “direct drive” version currently.

I’m wondering if I should avoid this model? If they discontinued it it’s probably not as good as their current offering?
Any users of this exact lift out there?

Thanks!


7 replies so far

View Mike_D_S's profile

Mike_D_S

809 posts in 3550 days


#1 posted 11-18-2021 10:54 PM

Ben,

I had the original version of this setup that was blue/white and found it to be an very good table. I would still have it except I converted to a table saw wing router setup for space reasons.

The side winder adjustment had very little play and I found it as accurate as I needed it to be. But check the toothed belt and make sure its not damaged in some way. In some ways the sidewinder handle was easier to adjust in some cases, but overall I’d say it’s a wash in terms of normal use. I found the unit to have essentially zero creep when using it and did not find that the bit was working its way down during use. In my opinion the adjustment mechanism has enough friction and mechanical resistance to prevent the unit from moving on its own without a lock.

The blue/white version had built in dust collection under the table and it worked very well so if this one has it you should be good using a 4” x 2.5” splitter with a hose going to the fence.

One thing that I really liked was the ability to “zero” using the wheel on the side. The wheel has marks on it for I think 1/16” per turn and is driven by a belt, but you can slip the wheel to rest the gauge to zero. So for cuts with specific offsets or where a bit needed to be raised/lowered a certain amount, you can set the initial position, rotate the wheel to zero and then use the wheel to check the height change as you turn the crank.

As long as the lift goes up and down smoothly and the drive belts look good, I wouldn’t personally hesitate to use it as a primary table.

-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

View Ben's profile

Ben

507 posts in 4193 days


#2 posted 11-18-2021 11:08 PM

Thanks so much, Mike. That is very helpful.
Here’s the actual unit for sale: I didn’t post it initially because there is no shot of the hand crank but I could tell from the picture that shows the underside it was different.

Looks like it has built-in speed control at the switch, which is nice. It also includes a 3 1/2 HP Milwaukee router, and the price seems good. So I am very tempted.

View Mike_D_S's profile

Mike_D_S

809 posts in 3550 days


#3 posted 11-18-2021 11:36 PM

Ben,

You might want to post the bottom picture also and I’ll take a look. The hand crank sticks out some and it may just be the angle, but I’m surprised we can’t see it in the pic you posted?

The only down side was the occasional times I would turn around and walk right into the hand crank giving myself a nice thigh bruise a few times.

As a reference point, I sold my blue one with the stand and wheels, but without the router motor and without the extra miter slide attachment for $450 about 4 years ago.

Mike

-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

View Ben's profile

Ben

507 posts in 4193 days


#4 posted 11-18-2021 11:49 PM

Here’s the undercarriage. Pretty bad photo.

The seller took a little video for me of the cranking in action. Also impossible to see anything but I did see the hand crank at the end, exactly the same as the first photo I posted.

The unit is very far away from me and he’s asking $750. I’d hope to get that down a bit.

View Mike_D_S's profile

Mike_D_S

809 posts in 3550 days


#5 posted 11-19-2021 12:07 AM

This is kind of a lifestyle choice at the end of the day, brand new pricing on that package of stuff is probably at least $1500-$1600 for Jessem stuff and I think they make a great lift in general. My current table lift is a Mast-R-Lift II and I really like it.

If you can get him down to $600-$650 I’d go get it in a heartbeat, but even at $750 I don’t know that its a terrible deal. You can find something similar-ish for less maybe, but I think you’d be happy either way. For me the big unknown is the Miter slide attachment. I’m just not sure how much I would have ever really used something like that, but I did exactly zero angle routing so maybe I’m the wrong person to ask.

In my opinion, If you do much routing at all on the table I think you’ll forget about $100-$200 price difference pretty quickly just for the ease of use of having the nice table.

Mike

-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

View EarlS's profile

EarlS

5002 posts in 3684 days


#6 posted 11-19-2021 03:14 PM

Jess Em does a decent job with customer service so you should be able to get some information from them. I have the fancy new version and it is really nice. I also had the Jess-Em lift several years ago with no problems. They make quality stuff. Dust collection on their table is pathetic, so plan on having to make something under the table.

I think $750 is spendy, offer $600 and see if he bites. If not, wait. If he sells it, good for him, if not, offer $600 again in a few days and see if he will bite.

Keep in mind, a heavy duty router will probably be another $300+ unless you have one already. That also brings up the question of whether the router motor you get will fit into the lift carriage. That could be a problem if you need an adapter sleeve. Jess Em should be able to give you some kind of help determining router motor compatibility. Otherwise, see if he will include the router.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

View Mike_D_S's profile

Mike_D_S

809 posts in 3550 days


#7 posted 11-19-2021 03:27 PM

Ben said the deal includes the Milwaukee router mounted in it, so the $750 is not a bad price imho.

If he’ll take a little less great, but in my area at least its not like good quality router tables come up used all that often so I wouldn’t let +-$100 stop me if I wanted the table. Especially as a turnkey setup. If you think you want it, I’d snap it up.

-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com