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Forum topic by Charlie75 posted 01-08-2017 12:28 AM 460 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Charlie75

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01-08-2017 12:28 AM

I recently purchased a Jessem Lift for my router table install in my Ridgid table saw. Right now I am using a Chraftsman router that was the right fit. In the future I want to get another router just for the Jessem.

I am kind of leaning towards a Bosch. But I have time to shop for the best buy.
Any suggestions??

Charlie

-- Charlie75, Alto


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#1 posted 01-08-2017 01:32 AM

I put the Bosch 1617EVS in my JessEm lift. It’s been adequate for even the interior door bits that I use from Freud and can manage a single pass on the stick cut. That’s a lot of wood to remove from a 1-3/8 or 1-3/4 piece of hardwood. The only time I’ve had to do two passes was doing the panel raising on 1-3/4” entry doors using a 3-1/2 inch in diameter panel raising bit. The panel is 1-1/2 inch thick, and, while the router was able to handle the cut in one pass, two was a little smoother going.

If you’ve got the money, the PORTER-CABLE 75182 is rated one horsepower higher. After buying the lift and router table, I wanted to save a few bucks and went with the Bosch. If it ever dies, I’ll likely replace it with the PC.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#2 posted 01-08-2017 11:50 AM

Porter Cable is on the list of router motors that fit this lift but with a different model #. They say a PC690/890. Also recommended is Bosch 1617/1618, DeWalt 610/618/616 or Craftsman 1754/17540/28190. In my searches for any of these numbers most do not come up. The Chraftsman I now have on the lift is one number off.
My take on this is that Jessem has not updated their literature lately and some of these numbers are obsolete. I also think that any router that is 3 1/2” diameter would work.
Thanks for your reply Rick. As I said I am in no hurry.

-- Charlie75, Alto

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#3 posted 01-08-2017 02:07 PM

Do you have the rout-r-lift or the mast-r-lift?

Brian

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#4 posted 01-08-2017 04:52 PM

I have the Mast-r-lift and the PC7518 3 1/4HP motor. It’s plenty of power for anything and while it’s pricey (though you can find just the motor by itself) you won’t have to worry about power. If you need more power than the 7518, then you should probably look into shaper.

Based on what the OP specified for compatible routers, I would assume his lift is the Rout-r-lift which looks like it fits 2 1/4 HP routers as the largest size.

Just on price, if you’re buying brand new the Bosch 1617 is cheaper. But I tend to see more PC routers on CL, so it might be easier to find a used PC892 for a good price.

Mike

-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

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#5 posted 01-08-2017 08:04 PM

Mike and Brian, The lift in question is the Router-R-Lift II. This is something that I don’t use a whole lot and may not want to go to the most powerful. I could live with a good used motor if the price were right. I have not checked CL so I am not sure if there are any available in my area. As i said i am not in a real big hurry. The only thing is the Chraftsman that is in the lift now is from my plunge router. That is the only issue. Well, that and the power issue.

Mike, I like your statement to your wife. lol I’ll have to use that.

Charlie

Update: https://grandrapids.craigslist.org/tls/5933185022.html Just found this on CL. Anyone know anything about it. It’s aways from me but I could go see it if it’s worth while. C

-- Charlie75, Alto

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#6 posted 01-08-2017 08:55 PM

I got a PC 690 on sale when someone posted it in the deals thread here. That’s what I’m planning to put in mine once I get it set up. Its only 1.5HP, but most of my routing is limited to rabbets, dados, roundovers, and the occasional drawer lock profile. A router that size can easily handle it. Could be a good low cost candidate for you if you route similar things. The version I have is not variable speed though, which again due to bit size isn’t a big deal for me.

Also, if you find a good deal on a fixed speed router, there are aftermarket variable speed devices that are about $20 which work on router motors. Menards has them at most stores. I am not familiar with that model in the ad, but it looks like it would work. Just be sure to measure the actual diameter and see if it is correct for your model or Rout R Lift II.

Brian

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#7 posted 01-09-2017 04:00 AM

Keep in mind that those HP numbers are generally fudged by measuring inrush current, or doing locked-rotor tests. Just as megapixels aren’t the whole story for digital cameras, horsepower isn’t the whole story for motors. The electronic speed control makes a huge difference in its ability to plough through heavy cuts.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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Mike_D_S

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#8 posted 01-09-2017 04:55 AM

Charlie,

I think the PC 1001 is an older model, it’d probably work, but personally I think $65 is pretty steep for it. If you’re not in a hurry, I’d just keep my eye out, something will turn up.

One thing I personally think is required for a router table is a nice big safety switch. First off, I don’t want to be reaching under the table to turn it on every time and secondly, I think there’s something to be said for large, easy to hit off switches.

I made my own using a relatively inexpensive switch I ordered from Amazon and some other parts from the local HD. You can check out the post I put in my blog. DIY router safety switch

Mike

-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

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