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Forum topic by Craftsman on the lake posted 10-16-2009 12:53 AM 7749 views 0 times favorited 40 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Craftsman on the lake

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10-16-2009 12:53 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question router lift router lift router table

UPDATE 11/23/09
Triton 3 1/4 router on sale black friday for $179


I need some recommendations. You guys are like Consumer Reports dedicated to woodworking stuff.

Anyway, I’ll be replacing a bunch of oak raised cabinet doors and drawer fronts for my sister in a couple of months. She’s prepped the whole rest of the cabinets for refinishing and wants new doors.

I’ve got a good, very servicable router table I made awhile ago with a good aluminum router plate that holds my Bosch router nicely. I’m thinking that a dedicated router lift will help a lot as my fixed router base is presently mounted to my table and doesn’t easily adjust in that configuration.

This week and until Oct 30/09 the Rockler router lift is selling for $149. I know there are some better ones that cost much more but as with many I try to get something that gives me some bang for the buck. Heck, I have to look at it that way. I don’t want junk. I don’t have to have the best, but I do need what I call value for the buck. does anyone have this lift? Will it work as advertised and hold together over time for someone who is an occassional/moderate user? Any other recommendations in a similar price range that you’d think might be better?
Thanks LJ’s

Here's a link to the sale page at Rockler

Here is the Triton 3 1/4 that many here are recommending at Woodcraft. Looks good.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#1 posted 10-16-2009 01:37 AM

You can buy a router with a built in lift for close to the same price.

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#2 posted 10-16-2009 01:43 AM

Could you use a second router? For a little more money you could skip the router lift and just mount one of these Triton plunge routers to your table. I’ve never regretted that decision for a minute.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 10-16-2009 01:44 AM

I’ve got that lift, or the one that it was based on (it certainly looks like mine). Bought it from Rockler about 4 years ago and it has serviced me well in that time. I got no complaints.

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#4 posted 10-16-2009 01:49 AM

Triton ya thats the ticket

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#5 posted 10-16-2009 09:28 AM

I have that lift it works just fine. I’ve had it for about 2 months. I don’t do anything “wild” with it but it seems to do the trick.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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Craftsman on the lake

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#6 posted 10-16-2009 12:41 PM

Charlie, the Triton router looks like a great solution, a dedicated table router free’s up my Bosch and it has a built in lift. The only complaint about it from what I see is that people don’t care much for it’s plunge mechanism but hey, I’ve got a good plunge router and would leave this one on the table.

The only problem with this is.. I think it’s been discontinued. Amazon doesn’t have it and calling other places that advertise it online they tell me that it’s currently unavailable.

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#7 posted 10-16-2009 02:01 PM

I think I have the same lift in the picture. I like it and all, but I really hate the friction fit dial. If you get chips or a lot of dust down in it, it tends to slip and you sort of loose your place height wise. As long as you’re cognizant of that and keep it blowed out as your working, you won’t have a problem. Don’t get me wrong, I really like it, it has more than served its purpose for me. In hind sight, I wished I would have bought that Woodpecker PRL-V2 lift, its a little more…maybe quite a bit more, but I think it could be a better lift.

Just my opinion.

-- He who dies with the most tools wins!.....Just wait, I'm going to win!..ERR my wife will at least.

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#8 posted 10-16-2009 05:39 PM

I was doing a little research, and it looks like Triton has come out with an updated model of the same router. Woodcraft is showing it available for $229 with free shipping, but I’m not sure if that is the newer version or not. I was on Triton’s web site, and the new one looks just like the old one. I’m not sure what is different.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 10-16-2009 10:11 PM

I use the Freud 1700 in my router table. It works well for me. If you compare regular price, it is about the same cost as the Rockler router lift. The Bosch 1617 , and Porter Cable 890’s also have above table height adjustment, I’ve heard good things about the Triton too. There may be others also.


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#10 posted 10-16-2009 11:00 PM

I’ve run the big Triton for over a year now. It’s cooped up in a small box in the cabinet, but the depth controls (both gross and fine) are very accessible and easy to use and so is the spindle stop. Changing bits above the table is no problem with a crooked wrench. I use a remote switch. Never used a lift, but can’t imagine it’s better.

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#11 posted 10-16-2009 11:09 PM

The router lifter is a great idea. I made my own but it’s no match for the professional ones .They look great one day I will buy one.Problem for me is the shipping costs after that a nasty man comes to your door to deliver it with a big sticky bill for tax import type anyway I made my own and it works good but I would not hessitate go for the lift.We have all our routers with plunge here in the uk but they don’t match the lifter. Alistair

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#12 posted 10-16-2009 11:30 PM

ai jim , you have always said pc was the best router…now your going for the triton…....your rockin my router world…..and that is very intresting…....i want one of these

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#13 posted 10-16-2009 11:43 PM

Hi COTL (can I call you COTL?)

I have been debating for months about the same thing.

The first lift I ever saw was at Rockler and the concept blew me away, but it costs so much and I wasn’t sure if it was a good one or not.

I am not ready to buy yet so I haven’t done any real research but I was watching a Wood Whisperer podcast the other day where David Marks was giving a tour of his shop and he showed us his JessEm router lift.

Right then and there I decided to buy a JessEm when the time comes. If it is good enough for him I’m sure it will meet my needs.

I just found it on Amazon, it looks like it costs a little more the the Rockler sale price.

I hope this helps.


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#14 posted 10-16-2009 11:45 PM

I would never buy the router lifts. Maybe I am missing something with that but I currently run a 2 1/4 hp frued with above the table adjustment/bit change and I absolutely love it. Extremely easy to use and best of all it was on sale last year for 99.00. I will say if I were in the market right now I would certainly buy the PC from rockler:

I have 5 other PC routers and one use the Frued in the table. I have been tempted to sell my Frued and buy the PC at rockler just so I have all PC routers in my collection. Don’t go with the router lift, I think they are over priced and they don’t even come with a motor. The PC 982R for 149.00 should serve you well. Not sure about this 892R but all the PC routers I own are built in the US. Keep us posted.

Plus you might get free shipping from Rockler right now.

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#15 posted 10-17-2009 02:24 AM

Hey Grizz
I still have mostly PCs but I do have other routers and one of the two I have in router tables is a triton and feel it’s probably a better deal than buying a lift and a router separately.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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