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Forum topic by woodetal posted 01-17-2022 04:42 PM 776 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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woodetal

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01-17-2022 04:42 PM

Thanks to all that have posted on their search for router lifts. I searched through the prior posts and eased some of the pain in purchasing the Mast-R-Lift-R from Rockler. I am still suffering from sticker shock on the purchase. My Dewalt sliding compound miter saw was close to the same price. Any others suffering sticker shock or sticker block on router lifts? I found a Bench Dog table/cabinet, bought it and the hunt was on. I mounted wheels to accommodate my space and will add on a safety power paddle switch. Any other add-ons you value? So, thanks to all that posted in the past. I valued your input. Best, Brian


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#1 posted 01-17-2022 04:45 PM

expensive yes,but worth every penny.

-- 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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#2 posted 01-17-2022 05:50 PM

They are very handy but I guess it depends on how fat your checking account is and your tool acquisition priorities.

I got along just fine for many years (30+) with the more time consuming hand adjustments on my router table and after I had accumulated most of the other tools I wanted (and needed) I finally bought a lift about 5 years ago.

Pottz, I then bought a PantoRouter…..LOL Much more fun and handier and expensive than the router lift. (-:

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 01-17-2022 06:00 PM



They are very handy but I guess it depends on how fat your checking account is and your tool acquisition priorities. I got along just fine for many years (30+) with the more time consuming hand adjustments on my router table and after I had accumulated most of the other tools I wanted (and needed) I finally bought a lift about 5 years ago.

Pottz, I then bought a PantoRouter…..LOL Much more fun and handier and expensive than the router lift. (-:

- LesB


ive got a multi router which is very similar in what it does.

-- 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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#4 posted 01-17-2022 06:26 PM

There are those who suggest (or maybe insist) a shaper is cheaper to buy than building a tricked out RT with lift, plus the shaper is more capable. I don’t dispute that (except maybe until it gets to the cost of the tooling) as I’ve never used a shaper. I love my RT, it’s always done what I’ve needed and the lift is important part of that capability. Someday, when i find I can’t do my stuff on the RT I may consider t a shaper, but my table is 20 years old now (a Norm type) and it’s still going strong. I should add I have changed routers twice and the lift once.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#5 posted 01-17-2022 07:13 PM

i inherited a shaper from my dad about 6 years ago,i have yet to find a need for it.probably gonna sell 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 01-17-2022 07:28 PM

Have a RT with Jessem Master lift in a table I built. Fence is an Incra Jig. Could not do without any of it. For the projects i like to tackle I find it very helpful. $ yes but so is a Sawstop or Festool or a lot of other things. All depends on your priorities and type of work you wish to do.
Only you can analyze your needs.

-- Ron

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#7 posted 01-17-2022 08:06 PM

My big Milwaukee router is on an Incra plate. The whole router & plate lifts free and the plate releases the body with a push.

The head is totally exposed for bit changes, no bent wrenches or shaft extenders needed.

Even with a router lift you’re stuck having to dive under the table to change the speed – even harder if the motor lift is part of the table. External speed controls doesn’t work well on my EVS soft start router. Mechanical speed knob attachments are an added expense that don’t easily fit all routers.

Drop the plate back on and put it back into the table and dial the the height with a DRO and I’m ready to rock.

I’ve got most every gadget there is, but haven’t been able to justify a lift just for top side adjustment.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#8 posted 01-18-2022 12:23 AM

Yes, they are. I bought a lift 10 years ago for $100 and has worked well all these years. I believe it was called a router raiser and not sure if they are still being made. Everyone seems to want to sell expensive lifts when a less expensive one works just as well.

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#9 posted 01-18-2022 12:36 AM

No electric anything. No blades. So it is just amazing what they cost.

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#10 posted 01-18-2022 12:40 AM



My big Milwaukee router is on an Incra plate. The whole router & plate lifts free and the plate releases the body with a push.

The head is totally exposed for bit changes, no bent wrenches or shaft extenders needed.

Even with a router lift you re stuck having to dive under the table to change the speed – even harder if the motor lift is part of the table. External speed controls doesn t work well on my EVS soft start router. Mechanical speed knob attachments are an added expense that don t easily fit all routers.

Drop the plate back on and put it back into the table and dial the the height with a DRO and I m ready to rock.

I ve got most every gadget there is, but haven t been able to justify a lift just for top side adjustment.

- Madmark2

Mark…that looks like a beefy setup. Questiion..If you wanted to take a shallow pass (say a 0.25” groove) does that setup drop low enough to take the pass. It looks like those locking nut and collet nut and overall amount of traverse is limited due to bulkiness. Would you just need a smaller router bit with very short overall length and cutting length? Or maybe i am reading to much into this setup

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Madmark2

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#11 posted 01-18-2022 01:10 AM

The Milwaukee is a beast alright. The plunge collar goes deep enough to do 1mm inlay work with a regular old 3/8” straight cutter.

I’ve never run into a cutter height issue.

Fancy deep dovetails cut with a guide bushing on the big router.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#12 posted 01-18-2022 03:28 PM



Have a RT with Jessem Master lift in a table I built. Fence is an Incra Jig. Could not do without any of it. For the projects i like to tackle I find it very helpful. $ yes but so is a Sawstop or Festool or a lot of other things. All depends on your priorities and type of work you wish to do.
Only you can analyze your needs.

- 987Ron

/\ /\ THis is my same set up as well /\ /\

I built an RT to fill in the end of my table saw and have an Incra TS-LS fence system.

I also suffered along for 35+ years without a router lift. I used those cheapo bench top router tables for a lotta years. Mostly because I could take it out on the jobsite with me. It worked okay, got me through… But, man adjusting the height of the router bit? Never found an easy solution until I got the lift.

The JessEm Rout-R-Lift II was one of the best investments I’ve ever made in tools. The Incra TS-LS is right there with it… Repeatability, accurate raising and lowering and accurate adjustment of the fence? Priceless!

I had a hard time justifying the price of either tool. And I was an idiot in my logic. I shoulda bought these years ago!

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

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#13 posted 01-18-2022 03:46 PM

If I used it more, I would spring instead of my Triton, but just not worth it yet.
Expensive? Yes, low production precision parts. If the market was bigger, we would have a rip-off Chinese one for half price that was almost as good. But no innovation as the market would not support even lower production from companies who care.

I have never been sorry, after the sticker shock, of buying a good tool. Almost every time I cut corners, I either put up with it because I am cheap, or have spent even more to replace it.

I wonder, I put a Shelix in my DW planer. It works. Well. Within limits. But after a couple of projects, will I just go ang buy the Powermatic anyway? My rational was I can sell the DW for decent money. If I ever get hurt on my TS, will I be sorry I did not buy the SS? But the Harvey has not scared me, so sleds, push blocks, and that wonderful riving knife! On my third dust collector. The Clear View works. First two Jets, waste of money. Delta table top band saw? Total waste. Table top drill press, replaced.

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#14 posted 01-19-2022 05:20 PM

It’s a one time upgrade. You’ll never question it after, but you’ll enjoy the speed and accuracy with each use. I have a high end incra set up with a DC router. Much money, but it’s my favorite tool.

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