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Old 06-28-2015, 09:41 PM   #1
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I am thinking into getting a router table and am going to want a router lift to go with it.

What lift would you recommend and why. Also what do you thing of the incra router fence system.

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Old 06-29-2015, 05:38 AM   #2
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Just a thought---buy a shaper instead----it will have a cast iron fence --nice crank wheel for height adjustment and a hefty motor---an adapter to hold router bits--the ability to cut raised panels without bogging down---just a thought. Look into Grizzly.

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I have the Precision Router Lift from Woodpeckers and love it.
I use an Incra fence...love that also.
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I'm no help on the lift, I don't have one.

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Just a thought---buy a shaper instead----it will have a cast iron fence --nice crank wheel for height adjustment and a hefty motor---an adapter to hold router bits--the ability to cut raised panels without bogging down---just a thought. Look into Grizzly.
I've got a shaper dedicated to running router bits, but it doesn't do as good a job as my router in the router table leaving a smooth finish. Just doesn't turn enough rpm's on the smaller diameter bits to leave a smooth profile. That said, shop fox has a better fence than the grizzly shapers, but it's about the same price point.
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Old 06-29-2015, 06:55 PM   #5
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That is sort of what I am looking at. What did you use for the table.
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I made the top from two pieces of 3/4" Baltic Birch ply and solid maple edges. Both the top and bottom are laminated with Formica. I bought the template for the router lift from Woodpecker's when I bought the lift.

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I've got a JessEm router lift that I absolutely love. I've also got the incra ultra positioner with an auxiliary fence (not pictured below) that I made because I haven't sprung for the wonder fence, not sure if I will, just because I like making my own stuff when I can. I love to make things with box joints and this setup is just ridiculously easy to use. It's in my garage for my "fun" projects that I do on the weekends. I've got a 2-1/4 HO Bosch router and have been able to make raised panel doors with it as well. Like I said, it's my at home weekend setup, so I haven't really put it through the ringer on any of my finish carpentry jobs.

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Pardon the mess, this was halfway through building my table saw / router workstation.

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One of the projects I used it for.
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I had a JessEm w the large PC motor, wonderful fence and lift assembly, only problem is that I rarely used it. Check them out at Woodcraft to get a feel on design.
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I did talk to a guy at Woodcraft and the felt that the Jessum lift was a lot better the the Woodpecker one.


I am having a hard time in knowing which lift to get.
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The JessEm is pricy, but we've had no issues with ours with the 3 1/4hp Porter Cable. It's had moderate use ( maybe 10,00 ft or so?) over the last 6 yrs or so. Be sure to use as heavy a table as you can find. 1 3/4" Solid core doors work great.

On a side note....some people complain about the router lift dropping while cutting. This is almost always caused by improper technique when setting of the router height. What you have to do is start low, & sneak up on to the required height. If you start too high, & just back it down, it doesn't preload the elevator threads, & due to vibration, it will drop.

The same applies to thickness sanders, or pretty much any machinery that has jack screws for height adjustment. On my Extrema 37" thickness sander, the programmable touch pad does this automatically. If drive belt happens to go too high, it drops back way low, & sneaks up to correct height again.

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Skip the router lift and get a router with above the table adjustment. I use a Triton, and it has performed very well for me.
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Old 07-08-2015, 02:30 PM   #12
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Thanks everyone for your replies. Think I will be going with the Jessum II when the time comes.
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I have the kreg precision lift, great unit, the trunnions are huge, and fine adjustment is easy and accurate

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