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Forum topic by greatview posted 01-21-2010 12:22 AM 1445 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-21-2010 12:22 AM

I’ve been looking for a powered router lift for my (Norm’s style) router table. I’ve seen the info on using a powerer screwdriver as the motor source but I’d be more interested in a commercial solution. Any ideas?

-- Tom, New London, NH

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#1 posted 01-21-2010 12:26 AM

powered router lift…..?

I’ve seen one fabricated on youtube… it’s a nice gimick…. BUT:

do you really change the height of the router bit that much , and to that extremes that you need it to be powered?

I find that a quick lift gets you the bit to a ballpark height faster than a motorized lift would, and then you can fine tune the height SLOWLY – somthing that a motorized lift won’t be able to supply (at least not while being powered by something).

just my $0.02

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 01-21-2010 12:27 AM

no one makes one. but if u go to u can get all the info on how to make your own.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#3 posted 01-21-2010 03:28 AM

Just cuz you don’t NEED one don’t mean you shouldn’t HAVE one lol :D

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#4 posted 01-22-2010 01:50 PM

A retail product is coming soon! I can’t let out too many details, but it won’t be long until you can purchase one. The retail unit has been in development for almost 2 years. The unit accepts a round router motor similar to other manual lifts.

The device includes digital readout and is capable of moving the lift a few thousands of an inch at a time.

The benefits go way beyond quick bit changes. When you can electronically advance the router bit upward with a foot pedal, you open up all the operations normally reserved for plunge routers:
Stopped Dados

Another advantage is the ability to easily take incremental passes.

I’m excited about this, and you can be sure that you’ll see a notification here on LJ and at my site when the device is ready.


-- John Nixon - Buffalo, NY -

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