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Forum topic by Blackfin29 posted 01-06-2018 08:59 PM 1917 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Blackfin29

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01-06-2018 08:59 PM

So visiting a nearby Rockler today and was told by an employee that there is a new lift being released to replace the FX very, very soon… in fact many have actually seen the product and seem very impressed.

I am about to purchase a new lift, but with this news I am tempted to wait and see???

Anyone else heard such scuttlebutt???


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#1 posted 01-06-2018 09:20 PM

Hmm. I haven’t heard anything like that yet, though I would believe it. Likely some marketing fluff to increase sales. It doesn’t seem like there is much more that can be done to make router lifts better. Not to mention, almost all of the upper echelon lifts are made by jessem, including the FX. I opted for the incra version. I really like the magnetic inserts. I never looked back and have never found myself looking for more.

-- Jesse, West Lafayette, Indiana

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#2 posted 01-06-2018 10:24 PM

I reviewed all the ones that are out there in this general price range and I just bought the Incra (by Jessem). A few dollars more than the Jessem branded model but I too like the magnetic metal inserts better than plastic. I retro fitted it to my older router table and I’m quite pleased with it. I put my Porter Cable 890 motor in for not but may upgrade that too in the near future if it doesn’t preform as well as my older 3.5 hp router that has a fixed housing so it would not fit in this lift.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 01-06-2018 10:27 PM

Luthier I agree with the magnetic inserts being a difference maker with the Incra!! Seems all their products just have that little extra “thing” to push them over the top in my opinion…

I’m sure the price-point will be similar so I’m likely going to end up with the Incra but thought it was interesting to hear of a new product.

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#4 posted 01-06-2018 11:19 PM

I see what you are saying, it will be interesting to see if there is something better to offer. About the only thing I could think of that might make lifts a smidgen better, is larger, heavier, plates and guide posts. Mine is pretty darn stout already, but I bet it could be even tighter, though not even remotely necessary.

-- Jesse, West Lafayette, Indiana

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#5 posted 01-07-2018 12:14 AM

Luthier may I ask what you are using for a tabletop and fence? I am coming from a home made bare bones set up, which has served me well, but I am really liking the phenolic, or even Cast tops…

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#6 posted 01-07-2018 04:23 AM

I bought this early last year and love it. You can program settings plus it has preset setting that you can raise and lower your router by increments of 1/32 on up with a touch of a screen.

https://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/smarthtml/pages/powerlift_pro.html

-- https://www.artisticwoodstudio.com/videos wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 01-07-2018 04:28 PM

Jim.. now that’s futuristic routing right there!!

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#8 posted 01-07-2018 04:58 PM

Here’s one of the trick things Power lift Pro can do.

https://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/smarthtml/pages/powerlift_pro.html

Before MLCS came out with the one I have I would have recommended this router lift.

https://www.amazon.com/JessEm-Mast-R-Lift-02120-Router-4-Inch/dp/B004AYEI0U

-- https://www.artisticwoodstudio.com/videos wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#9 posted 01-07-2018 05:06 PM

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#10 posted 01-07-2018 05:07 PM

Blackfin, I made my own. I layered multiple pieces of birch plywood and glued the bejesus out of it. I made the fence with scrap plywood. It has been holding together pretty well. I have been happy with it so far.

For whatever reason this photo keeps being tilted the wrong way. Poo!

-- Jesse, West Lafayette, Indiana

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#11 posted 01-07-2018 05:14 PM

I am also a user of the Incra master Lift II with the magnetic inserts. I have had mine since they first came out and it has worked flawlessly. I use 2 router tables in my shop and both have Incra lifts with the magnetic inserts.

I definitely can see the advantage of the MLCS lift that Jim described when a plunge feature is needed. I have often plunged a board with my Incra by lowering the board on to the spinning bit. It works but not the best way to make a plunge. If it is a plunge in a narrower board I can do it by using the lift handle to raise the router.

-- Wood for projects is like a good Fart..."better when you cut it yourself"

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Blackfin29

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#12 posted 01-07-2018 05:38 PM

That’s nice looking, Luthier… I like simple, and clean.

Captain Skully thanks for the look at the new router… appears to have 2 speeds and also what appears to be a locking nut on the front “downrigger” for lack of a better term…

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#13 posted 01-07-2018 06:35 PM

Does anyone know what the price point for the new Rockler Pro Lift will be?

-- measure 3 times, cut once

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#14 posted 01-07-2018 06:42 PM

This is exactly what I wanted and was looking at when I bought my incra PRL -V2 lift. I bought the infra because I needed it quick and wish now that I’d waited and got the MCLS. I’ve thought about selling mine and getting what I wanted in the first place but just hate fooling around selling it. I hate it when I jump in and buy something knowing it’s not what I really want.
Gerald


I bought this early last year and love it. You can program settings plus it has preset setting that you can raise and lower your router by increments of 1/32 on up with a touch of a screen.

https://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/smarthtml/pages/powerlift_pro.html

- a1Jim


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#15 posted 01-07-2018 07:10 PM

Actually, I was not accurate in what size increments you can move it by a push of a finger, it’s not 1/32 it’s even smaller.

-- https://www.artisticwoodstudio.com/videos wood crafting & woodworking classes

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