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Forum topic by ric53 posted 01-31-2017 11:57 PM 840 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-31-2017 11:57 PM

Does anybody have any feedback on this router lift?

-- Ric, Mazomanie


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#1 posted 02-01-2017 12:11 AM

That’s more than a lift, it’s an entire table. The Mast-R-Lift II is the lift insert for an existing table. The Excel has the same rock solid design as the insert, but with a full size table top, a remote digital height readout and that upgraded mechanism for raising and lowering the bit — which looks really nice, although I’ve never used it.

I have the Mast-R-Lift II insert and really like everything about it. I added my own remote digital readout.

I don’t think you can go wrong with anything from JessEm. I have several of their products and they are all as good as it gets.

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

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#2 posted 02-01-2017 12:43 AM

Yeah I know it’s the entire table. I checked it out and liked what I saw but I had never talked with anyone who knew anything about it. It’s always better to get feedback from people other than the salesman. I think I’m going to pull the trigger on this next week. Any idea what router motor works best with it?

-- Ric, Mazomanie

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#3 posted 02-01-2017 01:10 AM

I have the Bosch 1617EVS in mine. It’s rated at 2-1/4 horse and has handled everything I have thrown at it, even panel raising on 1-1/2 inch thick entry door panels with a 3-1/2 inch bit.

If it ever burns out, I’ll probably replace it with the PC 75182.

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

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#4 posted 02-01-2017 01:30 AM

I have the Jessem table and lift which I bought as a unit, everything about it is great apart from one little thing, I wish the fence was split so the outfield side could be adjusted separately from the infeed side.

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#5 posted 02-01-2017 02:56 AM

The only thing I don’t like is the router lift built into the table. If for some reason I wanted to go a different route with a lift I would have to cut the table for a plate. Probably just me but I don’t like that part. Looks like a great table though and the lift is top notch I’m sure. I believe incra owns jessem, I could be wrong though. They make great tools. I just bought the table saw stock guides from them.
Gerald

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#6 posted 02-01-2017 10:58 AM

Thanks guys. I’m sold!!!!

-- Ric, Mazomanie

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#7 posted 02-01-2017 01:43 PM

i have the jessem mast-r-lift in a older bench dog cabinet and the lift has been a great. the only complaint i ever had was it came with only one insert. i agree, jessem makes good products.

-- Two is One, One is None

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#8 posted 02-02-2017 04:29 AM

So you may have already made your decision, but I had the Mast-R-Lift Excel for about 3 years before I re-organized my shop and switched to a table saw wing mounted router lift.

I really liked the Excel and found the side crank to be pretty handy to use. Mine had the digital readout which was also pretty nice and had good repeatability. I would have no trouble recommending the Excel setup to anyone.

I’m currently using the Jessem Mast-R-Lift II and while there is a tiny bit more backlash in the Excel crank due to the belt driven side crank (which is not an operational issue if you have the digital readout), the ability to simply reach down and elevate the lift without having to grab a wrench is really convenient and balances out any other issues.

In fact, Jessem used to offer a side crank upgrade for their router lifts and I tried to order it only to find out they don’t make them anymore.

Mike

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

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#9 posted 02-02-2017 03:06 PM



I have the Jessem table and lift which I bought as a unit, everything about it is great apart from one little thing, I wish the fence was split so the outfield side could be adjusted separately from the infeed side.

- Steve

Just got this table with the TA fence it has a really nice set of micro adjust knobs to advance the left side to use the fence as a jointer. I havent tried it yet but it seems promising

The downside/upside is the side height adjust for the router height. It makes it easy to adjust but harder to make a dust box for but can still be done

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#10 posted 02-02-2017 03:23 PM

I have the Mast-R-Fence and would like to point out that while the fence frame is one piece, the fence faces (the white parts in the pic above) can be offset from each other (by 1/32 or 1/16) using the provided aluminum spacers. I’ve never actually used the spacers that come with the fence, but I have some 0.01 plastic sheet that I cut shims out of. I cut a rectangle and then holes in for the bolts, so by putting layers of the sheet behind the fence side I can offset it by multiples of 0.01.

I had the plastic sheet from work, but I’m sure you could use a plastic pocket folder from an office supply store for essentially the same thing.

I’ve only done it a few times as I don’t joint on my router, but it does come in handy occasionally.

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

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#11 posted 02-04-2017 09:45 PM

I just brought my new JessEm router lift & table home. I also spent the money and got the 3.25 Porter Cable motor. Now I just have to finish the huge cabinet project that I have going on so that I can put it together.

-- Ric, Mazomanie

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