MLCS motorized router lift

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08-12-2010 12:48 AM

Several months ago we heard news of a motorized router lift that was going to be introduced by MLCS. I thought the introduction was imminent.

I have not heard a word in the last several months. Does anyone know what happened to this product idea?

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#1 posted 08-12-2010 03:23 AM

I get the MLCS catalogues and have not seen anything in those. Part of me wants to ask, why would you need a motorized lift? I even wonder if there would be a market for such? However, then I think of the fact that my sister gave me the equivalent of a battery powered adjustable wrench a year or so ago. If there is a market for one of those, ther would definitely be a market for a motorized router lift.


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#2 posted 08-12-2010 04:08 AM

now this is just my opinion here…so no one take offense…but…sheesh…how much more does a guy need then what is there…a motor lift…....there must be folks out there willing to spend there money on every conceivable tool possible..come on a motor to lift a router…what has happened to the world…it use to be just hand tools…then motors came into being…now everyone has to have a motor attached to every tool….....just seems a bit much..maybe they will make one that goes on a fork… that would be worth buying…lol…....grizzman

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#3 posted 08-12-2010 04:29 AM

Let me say why I find a motor lift to be an attractive feature.

First, I find a router lift to be far superior other methods of raising and lowering a router. Mine, a woodpecker easy lift, offers a very precise micro adjustment and I can very easily and quickly pop the router to the top for quick bit changes. It is also very stable and secure.

However, with my router lift I can only lift or lower the router from above the table. I have no option to reach under the table and make an adjustment. This creates a problem with several of the jigs I use on the router table. These jigs block my access and make it impossible to adjust the height without taking the jigs off and on (which creates its own set of problems).

What I really need is a good quality router lift with the option of making adjustments from below the table when necessary. A motorized lift eliminates that problem.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 08-12-2010 11:22 AM

your point is well taken and now i understand the need…why cant they make an underside crank to go with what you have…i have not seen one of these,,,just heard of them…so i don’t know how they look , but cant something like that be engineered into it…just a question…and maybe you can be the one to make one like that rich….get a patent and make some money…your a smart guy …i bet you could do it…i will donate the peanut butter jelly sandwiches for the hours of research …i know …what flavor of jelly would you like shipped in…and do you like white or whole wheat bread….smooth or crunchy peanut butter…......oh and the last question of the 21st century….paper or plastic……...

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#5 posted 08-12-2010 11:51 AM

Hi Rich,

The retail version of the lift has had a few delays, but it should be ready in a couple of months.
Take a look through the comments from Mitch at MLCS on this page:


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#6 posted 08-12-2010 12:10 PM

Technology sells !
I sold my farm in 1996.
I had taken a wooden handled hammer, hollowed out the handle ,inserted an electrical cord.(Made sure the wires were not connected and covered inside).
Most people picked it up looked at it and laughed. BUT there were a few that wondered how it worked !
It DID sell that day.
My next one will be an Air chuck and hose attached !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#7 posted 08-12-2010 01:47 PM

Actually, I can see a few reasons why the motorized lift makes sense. They covered some of the operations that the MLCS unit could perform a few months back when this was first discussed. One quick example: when cutting a deep dado or rabbett, you want to work in small increments so as not to bog down the router or create a lot of tearout. I remember that you could program several steps in height and have the unit advance to each step as you stepped on the foot switch. Very useful; it eliminates a lot of manual setup steps.

However, the first pictures of the prototypes for the MLCS unit looked pretty chintzy to me. I think they skimped too much on the mechanical design. This merely an opinion based on the pictures and not any specifications (because they haven’t published any), but in the pictures it looks nowhere near as robust as my Woodpecker Quicklift. I also have reservations about the control panel and how well it will hold up in a shop.

I also notice that they still haven’t published a price. Just ”...comparible to the other quality manual lifts. In other words, you’d be crazy to not get the MRL if you were considering getting one of the higher priced manual lifts.”

I look forward to the first review of this unit and a direct comparison with a mechanical lift.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#8 posted 09-03-2010 02:33 PM

MCLS is accepting pre-orders for the motorized router lift starting Sept 8

-- -Daniel. "To be, rather than to seem" (not my words, but I like them)

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#9 posted 01-19-2014 11:35 PM

Didn’t think a motorized lift was practical until I watched it being demonstrated on Eagle Lake woodworking realized the time saved in production would real be great. Time is money!

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#10 posted 01-20-2014 04:37 AM

You do know that this post was originally started over three years ago?


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