|Review by Toddmc||posted 11-23-2011 04:42 PM||5916 views||1 time favorited||3 comments|
I have had the Mast-R-Lift II complete table system for about 6 or 7 monthes, and feel like it is time to do a review on it after using it extensivly. The package I got came with the stand, the table top, the fence, the mast-R-lift II router lift, power tek switch, reducing rings, and 4 parrallegram feather boards. To set up this whole system and get everything aligned took about 4 hours.
The stand is very sturdy and made of thicker material than the run of the mill open angle iron stand. There are independently adjustable rubber foot on all the legs so it can be leveled perfectly. The power switch has a two plugs with the one main on off switch. My only beef here is when I unplug my moble dust collector it pulls the lug out of the socket and I have to push it back in everytime. I have not conntacted customer support about this yet but I will.
The router lift has everything you could want from one, I can change bits above the table, has extreamly smooth operation even after being caked with sawdust, and is of heavy construction. This system I think will last a long time, it is very sturdy. I got a brand new porter cable 7518 variable speed router to go in it. Had zero problems with the installation from what I remember. This router has been able to handle everything that comes its way from the finesse of small bits to the large panel cutters. It works great! I use all whiteside bits and the cut quality is perfect with repeatable results.
The router fence is in perfect alignment. There is no catch when placing a board across the opening where the router bit goes. There are a lot of traks in the fence to use home made jigs on, so the options are really endless with this fence. The feather boards that come with the unit work great and are of heavy plastic construction. I do have one problem with them, thte package I ordered did not come with the extra long bolts to alow for stacking of the feather boards (not a problem just would have expected the 8 extra bolts to be included since they are specialty type bolts, they have like a stud type ending for use with the T track as a locking mechnism). I also thought that the fence stop would have been included but it was not (my thought was something called the complete router package should have it included, not a problem just my opionion).
Overall I would give it 4 stars due to the power switch problem, and not really having anything to compare it to (I upgraded from a $150 dollar craftsmen router and router table setup). I would definatly buy this setup again in a heartbeat.