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Forum topic by Hard_as_Wood posted 02-28-2016 09:46 PM 850 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-28-2016 09:46 PM

I have the Dewalt DW618PK router.

I want to get a router table and a router lift for it.

I found the bosch RA1181
but I’m leaning toward the Kreg PRS2100 with the PRS3000 lift. My question is, how easy is it to take the router in and out of the table and lift? In case I want to use it with the plunger above board? Will this get old? Is this a pain in the rear?

Then I thought, maybe of keeping my dewalt router as my above the board router and getting the Bosch RA1181 with the 1617EVS router and RA1165 and then keeping this as my permanent router table setup.
It would be used for relative light work, round overs and for making frames. The only thing I don’t like about this, is I miss my precision router lift.

But, I’m not sure how much I really need precision lift? I want to make small decorative boxes and signs and small bedside and chair side tables. Maybe the Kreg setup is over kill.

Any advice/guidance?

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#1 posted 02-29-2016 12:55 AM

How much you want to spend?
The incra LS positioner, router table, master lift and master fence is the way to go IMO. Versatile, repeatable and all kinds of joint making for boxes or anything else. The keen router dust collection accessory works really, really well but you will need a chuck extender (I use a muscle chuck and like it as well, just a short allen wrench to make tool changes). I don’t remove the router from the table.
Take a look. It will cost but it is well worth it.

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#2 posted 02-29-2016 01:21 AM

I have the DW618 in a Jessem Lift in a Jessem table. The lift has one cam lock that holds the router motor in the lift. It takes no time to remove the motor from the lift but I rarely do it.

What kind of hand routing do you do? If is lighter work and another router is in the budget I would look at the DW611. You could keep the 618 in the table and use the 611 for the smaller hand routing tasks. If a larger router is needed from time to time you could remove the 618 from the lift use it then return to the table.

Of the 2 models you mentioned above, the Kreg looks better to me. Although the lift is a luxury and not required it is not something I would want to do without. I love the ability to accurately change bit height and the repeatability.

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#3 posted 02-29-2016 01:35 AM

In My opinion I think store bought router tables are too small for many routing jobs,I recommend building your own.
There are lots of examples on Ljs.

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#4 posted 02-29-2016 06:00 AM

I am using the same router with an older woodpeckers lift.
Taking it back out of the lift is a real pain in the …...
It only took a few times and I found another 618 on craigslist so that I could leave one in the lift all the time.
I also mounted my router lift into the right wing of my table saw.

-- John

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#5 posted 02-29-2016 04:14 PM

I’m heavily leaning toward getting the Incra lift and for now putting in my Dewalt 618 and see how much I need to pull it in and out and if it…uh when it becomes a PIA then I’ll get a PC 3hp can and put it in there.

I’m leaning toward making my own table. It would be a good project to do. I’m very new at this. I’ve been doing this for about 3 months.

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#6 posted 02-29-2016 08:24 PM

I use the Kreg lift you are looking at. I’ve had zero issues. I just finished building an entire kitchen using it for all the doors.

-- “Always take a banana to a party, bananas are good!” - Tenth Doctor

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#7 posted 02-29-2016 09:07 PM

I have a Woodpeckers PRL (lift) and an Incra fence system on a custom table. Can’t think of anything I’d change.
I had thought about swapping out the router when I needed to ‘freehand’ something but I ended up just buying another router. I’ve only used my old big router once in the past year and mostly use my trim router when not using the table.

The problem with your question is due to the expense of setting up a table with a lift, most people will not have had an opportunity to try various brands of equipment.

I believe there was a review of router tables/lifts a few issues ago (FWW, Wood?). In reality I doubt any brand will not provide good service.

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