|Review by johnstoneb||posted 12-16-2012 01:34 PM||4128 views||4 times favorited||8 comments|
I have been looking fo a router lift for the past couple of months. I found the JessEm and was planning on buying it after christmas. Woodcraft wanted $179.99 Rockler had it in there catalog for $149.99. My local Woodcraft put it on sale for christmas for $159.99. with that price I puchased it.
I should have bought one years ago. I have had my router mounted in a router table for years and have never used it as much as I could have because it was such a pain to reach underneath and change bits and adjusting for height was always a guess.
The JessEm allows me to change bits above the table. The micrometer height adjustment allows adjustments to .001. Mounting the the lift is easy, simply rout the cutout to depth. The instructions do not include a template for cutting the access hole thru the table. Supposedly your supplier has access to them. I was to impatient I just measured cut a rough hole then trace around the base and cut and adjusted until it fit. I did modifiy the cutout slightly. I routed groove 1/8” deep around the perimeter and epoxied an aluminum strip into it. This serves as reinforcement for the leveling screws.
This lift is well built and takes a 3 1/2” diameter router. The sears router I used had the large nut for adjustment and large adjustment threads on the housing giving it a 3 5/8” diameter. I had to sand the threads off to get to the 3 1/2” diameter and modify the wiring. I have 2 routers and after using this lift I don’t plan on removing this router. It has made using the router table so much easier. I now have what I wanted when I originally built the router table.
-- Bruce, Boise, ID