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Forum topic by Stanley Coker posted 11-15-2016 05:14 PM 973 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Stanley Coker

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11-15-2016 05:14 PM

Hey guys, I have been looking at router lifts and need some help choosing one. I was looking at Rockler but some of the reviews are not so good. The Incra Mast-R-Lift-II-R has some very good reviews, so the Bench Dog brand. Kind of pricey, but I guess you get what you pay for. Any suggestions out there would be very helpful.

-- Stanley, North Georgia


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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 11-15-2016 05:28 PM

Also look at the Woodpecker offerings. I’ve had a PRL for quite a few years (it’s outlasted 2 routers) and find their stuff top notch, albeit expensive.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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OggieOglethorpe

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#2 posted 11-15-2016 05:39 PM

I have a Woodpecker PRL, but have used others.

I actually prefer the crank mechanism of the Jessem of over the PRL.

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newwoodbutcher

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#3 posted 11-15-2016 05:59 PM

I also have the PRL and like it but my buddy just got the incra. The PRL is a bit challanging to make fine adjustments. The Incra crank is much more user friendly. If i had to do it over again I would go with Incra.

-- Ken

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WhoMe

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#4 posted 11-15-2016 06:14 PM

One of the more important things to consider is too make sure the plate of the lift fits in the cut out in your router table. Rockler is different from jessem and those may be different from woodpeckers.
Another thing to consider is what router motor are you planning to put in the lift and also in the future. The Rockler only fits the mid size routers like the pc 892/690 , bosch 1617 series and other motors that diameter. Where as the incra can fit most mid size routers and the big pc 6518.
If you plan to put a big motor in the lift either now or in the future, by the right lift now and save money in the long run.
If you are considering Rockler vs incra vs bench dog, incra is the best of the three.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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ScottM

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#5 posted 11-15-2016 06:17 PM



One of the more important things to consider is too make sure the plate of the lift fits in the cut out in your router table. Rockler is different from jessem and those may be different from woodpeckers.
Another thing to consider is what router motor are you planning to put in the lift and also in the future. The Rockler only fits the mid size routers like the pc 892/690 , bosch 1617 series and other motors that diameter. Where as the incra can fit most mid size routers and the big pc 6518.
If you plan to put a big motor in the lift either now or in the future, by the right lift now and save money in the long run.
If you are considering Rockler vs incra vs bench dog, incra is the best of the three.

- WhoMe

Was just about to give that same “check you table for compatibility” line. Incra says that their lift will not fit Rockler or Bench Dog table cutouts.

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AWood

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#6 posted 11-15-2016 06:27 PM

I’ve had the Bench Dog Pro-lit with 3hp Porter Cable wired with 220 running extensively in my hobby shop for 7 years. The router lift is mounted to a Bench Dog router table/table saw extension. The Pro-lift is one solid piece of equipment and I would want nothing less.

-- AllWood

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Kaleb the Swede

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#7 posted 11-15-2016 06:41 PM

https://www.walmart.com/ip/PRO-LIFT-T-9456-3000-Lb-Scissor-Jack/28087368

Heres what i use. Not the most glamorous, but it works well on a plunge router in a kreg router plate. Best part is, it’s much cheaper

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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Rentvent

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#8 posted 11-15-2016 06:54 PM

Get a Triton router. It has the lift built in and automatically locks the collet when it is fully elevated.

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joey502

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#9 posted 11-15-2016 10:45 PM

I have the Jessem mast r lift, purchased in 2008 and still works perfectly. I also have the Jessem PVC coated phenolic top so the lift matching the top is a non issue.

I can not comment on Woodpeckers as I have no first hand experience with their lifts. The Woodpeckers tools I do have are fantastic though. Jessem and Incra are both on the high end of cost but the quality is worth the asking price. Other than the insert ring design they appear to be copies of one another. You can not go wrong with either the Incra or Jessem lifts.

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Woodchuck2010

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#10 posted 11-16-2016 02:56 AM

I have the Jessem also and really like it!

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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bonesbr549

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#11 posted 11-16-2016 03:13 AM

I bought the woodpecker PRL back in 2004 or 2005 one of the two. Still using today. I had a part wear out and called wanted to get a replacement. They send me the part no charge. Enough said. Still goin strong today.

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

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Stanley Coker

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#12 posted 11-16-2016 10:43 AM

Hey everyone, thanks for all the great information and advice on router lifts. I think I am leaning toward the Jessem/Incra. Again thanks for all the info.

-- Stanley, North Georgia

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OggieOglethorpe

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#13 posted 11-16-2016 02:15 PM

I’m pretty sure the Incra and Jessem use the same mechanism. Plate size may vary.

If you look closely, you’ll see the Woodpeckers and Jessem guts in many other brands. The difference can often be simply the color of the anodizing.

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Woodbum

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#14 posted 11-18-2016 01:53 PM

Also a vote for the Woodpeckers lift. I have two of them in my tables and they work great. Good family owned American business located in Ohio. Just a tad pricier: $10-$20 over the Jessum in some places, priced the same in others. Just my humble $.02 worth. Good Luck, Work Safely and Have Fun!

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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shawnn

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#15 posted 11-20-2016 04:33 PM

I use a 3hp Triton router like Rentvent suggested. Mounted in an Incra plate in an Incra table top with a LS positioner. With my Wixey bit height gauge I can adjust to .002” (the gauge increments are .002”). For anyone planning to use a Triton you must ensure the router is oriented properly to access the power, speed & lock mechanisms.

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