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Forum topic by BlackIrishman posted 05-25-2016 03:12 PM 575 views 2 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BlackIrishman

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05-25-2016 03:12 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router lift router router table question

Anyone have a recommendation for the best router lift for the $? I have seen mixed reviews of the rockler lift fx which seemed reasonably priced.I just don’t really or just trust some of these online forums because fan boys and haters will bash anything whether they have actually owned it and used it or not. The most common complaint I have seen is that the vibration will make the bit float. I guess what I am asking is… is there a good rig under $200? I have a dewalt 618 for reference of my search. And if not, what would you recommend?


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bonesbr549

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#1 posted 05-25-2016 03:18 PM

Woodpecker PRL. Had mine for over 10 years and its flawless and I pound the heck out of it

http://www.woodpeck.com/prlv2.html

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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Lazyman

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#2 posted 05-25-2016 03:45 PM

I don’t have one yet but there are some interesting DIY designs out there that seem to work pretty well that’ll definitely fit under the $100 level. Woodsmith (or was it ShopNotes) magazine has a simple design that you can see executed on Steve Ramsey’s YouTube channel. Jay Bates, Mathias Wandel and Stumpy Nubs each have mulitple designs worth looking at. You can probably find various examples of DIY lifts here on LJ as well. I’ve been thinking about making one myself for a while now—just hasn’t risen to the top of my to-do list.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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MadMark

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#3 posted 05-25-2016 03:58 PM

I have a Milwaukee 3hp router on a plate, the plate & router lift out for access and the plunge release button removes the base instantly for perfect access to the bit collets. A DRO bit height gauge makes setting bits a snap.

M

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dschlic1

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#4 posted 05-25-2016 04:39 PM

I second the idea of the ShopNotes router lift. I built one and works great. Made two small changes to the basic design. First the support for the router motor was split into two pieces giving a wider clamping base for the router. Second I made a brake for the lead screw to stop it from turning.

Very accurate, I have made dovetail joints with it using the INCRA jig. Dovetail joints using this method require very precise height adjustments (on the order of thousandths of an inch).

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HokieKen

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#5 posted 05-25-2016 05:31 PM

I put a Router Raizer on my PC 7539 and I’m tickled with it. Less than $100, took me about an hour to install and now I have above the table adjustment with no major changes to my table or mounting plate. Not the nicest lift out there by any means but dollar-for-dollar, I think it’s hard to beat.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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Tugboater78

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#6 posted 05-25-2016 06:35 PM



I second the idea of the ShopNotes router lift. I built one and works great. Made two small changes to the basic design. First the support for the router motor was split into two pieces giving a wider clamping base for the router. Second I made a brake for the lead screw to stop it from turning.

Very accurate, I have made dovetail joints with it using the INCRA jig. Dovetail joints using this method require very precise height adjustments (on the order of thousandths of an inch).

- dschlic1

Has this on my todo list for some time but not sure what kind of plate i should get. A blank plate with just the hole for bits or one designed for a specific router. The router i likely will be mounting is a Cman prof 2.5 hp.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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HokieKen

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#7 posted 05-25-2016 06:54 PM

Tugboater,

I recommend the Kreg plate. Only because it’s the only one I’ve ever had and because it’s remained flat and solid. There are many good plates out there though, it’s just a matter of how much you want to spend and how heavy your router is. Blank or pre-drilled doesn’t really matter – depends on whether you’re comfortable drilling your own holes.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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ki7hy

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#8 posted 05-25-2016 07:25 PM

I built this one: http://www.ibuildit.ca/Workshop%20Projects/router-lift-1.html

Works awesome, no complaints, fun build, accurate as anything else, use it often. Mounted to the end of my table saw with an incra plate. No holes in the plate, can change bits top side with the two wrench setup without a special wrench.

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Redoak49

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#9 posted 05-25-2016 08:54 PM

I have a Woodpecker lift with a PC 7518. I have had it for years and never thought about wanting something else. Woodpecker lifts are not cheap but a terrific long term value.

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jar944

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#10 posted 05-25-2016 09:08 PM

Not really sure for under $200. I have the jessem mast-r-lift ii I picked up off of Amazon during a sale for $229.

It’s well built and solid. Though I don’t think I’d pay full price.

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lew

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#11 posted 05-25-2016 09:15 PM

Several years ago, Woodsmith (or maybe ShopNotes) published the plans for making one. Mine has been working great. The only problem I had was I could not find the threaded rod speced in the plans and went with a different tpi rod.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Lazyman

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#12 posted 05-26-2016 01:57 AM

I went and found the Shopnotes issue. # 121

Here is a picture of the cover.

You can buy the plans here:
http://www.woodsmithplans.com/plan/router-jig-router-lift/

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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BlackIrishman

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#13 posted 05-26-2016 09:32 PM

Thanks for all your replies everyone! I am new to this community but I am digging the insight. I think I am going to build one as of now.

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