JessEm mast-r-lift and porter cable 7518

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Forum topic by Vrtigo1 posted 08-26-2010 09:26 PM 2540 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-26-2010 09:26 PM

Long story short, I just finished putting together a router table with a JessEm router plate and my Hitachi M12V. It works great, but after a week of using it, I’m already going insane over the amount of time it takes raise, lower and change bits by reaching under the table and manually adjusting.

I couldn’t find any lifts I like that fit the M12V, so I think I’m going to order the Mast-R-Lift and a pick up a PC 7518 from Woodcraft this weekend. Probably overkill for a hobbyist, but I know from past experience that when I buy what I actually need, I end up unhappy with it and go out and buy something extravagant.

I looked through the reviews for the Mast-R-Lift but didn’t really see much which kind of surprised me. Does anybody have this combo, and if so I would be very interested to hear any feedback you have, positive or negative.

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#1 posted 08-26-2010 09:30 PM

My dear Brother There is no such thing as overkill for a hobbiest.LOL that’s what I tell Bronwen anyway.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#2 posted 08-26-2010 09:38 PM

That’s what I keep telling LOML too, but for some reason she doesn’t buy it!

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#3 posted 08-26-2010 11:25 PM

I have had the same routers in my two Jessem Master Lifts, they make life easy!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#4 posted 08-26-2010 11:43 PM

Check out router raizer before you go down the path of a 7518 and a lift.

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#5 posted 08-27-2010 12:02 AM

I have the 7518 in the Mast-R-Lift. Love it. Not sure what I can add to what you’ve already read. We went to my brother-in-law, who’s a commercial woodworker, for advice and he said “short of buying a shaper…” (my shop is too small for that), ”...if money is no object get this combo”.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#6 posted 08-27-2010 12:25 AM

It’s a shame you live on the other side of the US. I know a guy here in Sacramento who is selling his almost new Jessem master lift with stand, PC 7518, miter gauge, & accessories for $400

The PC 7518 is a great router and will serve you well. It is worth the investment. The extra power is also important from a safety point.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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