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Forum topic by Shawn Masterson posted 01-25-2013 09:37 AM 2081 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Shawn Masterson

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01-25-2013 09:37 AM

I came into 2 porter cable Model #319-4119 3 1/4 hp routers at an auction and picked them both up for 45$ each.
they are used but in great working order. one problem is that the pins that the base ride on are ground off on both.
so when you loosen the screw the motor drops in the base making it tricky to adjust. I have been looking for a lift and can’t seem to find anything to accommodate a router this size in what I think is a fair price range.

any help would be great

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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 01-25-2013 12:18 PM

” Reasonable price” and “router lift” can seldom be used in conjunction with each other. I’m not sure which routers you have (maybe a 7518?) but what about selling one of them and using the money for a lift? There are some shop built versions out there that may also be a possibility. Lastly, look for a used one, some folks upgrade and sell their old lifts, I bought a PRL for about $100 that would fit a 7518, but even that may not seem “reasonable”.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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Cole Tallerman

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#2 posted 01-25-2013 01:58 PM

I did all the research last night. The cheapest one i found is from rockler. That lift is only for those big plunge routers so it wouldnt work for me but sounds like it would be fine for you. My next idea is to” build my own which is the route I will probably take unless I find a used one

Cheapest one:

homemade one:

Hope this helps! I found nothing on the used market and router lifts are too damn expensive -_-

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#3 posted 01-25-2013 02:45 PM

I have the rockler version for the smaller routers. Works great.

My rockler also has a clearance rack for returns. They had a pair of Incras there for $125/each for the larger routers…still kicking myself for not getting one of those.

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Rex B

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#4 posted 01-25-2013 03:04 PM

Here are two different designs that Matthias came up with on tilting router lift, standard router lift.

Or here’s one that Steve (Woodworking for Mere Mortals) built from a ShopNotes plan: router lift.

(I can’t get on YouTube right now, so chances are one of these is a repeat from what Cole posted.)

-- Rex

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#5 posted 01-25-2013 03:44 PM

With a large router like that, you will pay tons of money on a lift new. Your best bet is to buy used OR build your own.

I will say that the price of even a NEW lift is well-worth it. I have a PRLv2 with the big Milwaukee 5625…and love them.

-- jay,

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Shawn Masterson

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#6 posted 01-25-2013 04:50 PM

thanks to all
fred that clip was perfect. all the diy lifts I have seen are very complex and time consuming to build. This is a very simple and effective lift it’s perfect for me. I plan to start getting materials together after lunch. as far as a price being affordable I would be all over one at 100$. that’s why I bought both routers cause @45$ each I could sell them for way more if I needed to. I live on craigslist when I am not working.

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#7 posted 01-25-2013 04:55 PM

Hope it works out for you.

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#8 posted 01-25-2013 05:26 PM

I just was at Rockler over lunch. They had 2 JessEm’s lifts for $169 in their clearance rack (this is in Burnsville, MN). I imagine they’ll be gone by the time I get back, but I can stop by and pick one up for you if interested. just PM me.

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#9 posted 01-25-2013 05:32 PM

The way the industry is going, many routers have built-in lifts. The better ones, like the Freud FT1700 VCE (13 amp), and the Freud 3000 (15 amp) allow you to raise / lower bit, lock / unlock the collet, and change bits—- all from above the table. Some of the older routers can be a hassle in this regard.
Triton has similar features, but the build quality didn’t look as good to me. Many users rave about them.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#10 posted 01-25-2013 06:16 PM

Willie…this is true and is perhaps all that somebody needs. However, it should probably be mentioned that people like me love their lifts chiefly because of their sturdiness, accuracy, and quick-release/adjustments. Those are things not easily designed into routers with “lift capabilities.”

-- jay,

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#11 posted 01-25-2013 06:32 PM

Lee Valley’s router lifter is pretty basic but it’s also fairly inexpensive. Not sure if it would work with your routers.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#12 posted 01-25-2013 06:59 PM

Built the one from Shop Notes, too. Works Great!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#13 posted 01-25-2013 07:25 PM

I recently purchased the Rockler FX aluminum lift. Got it on sale for 165. Regular price was 199, see where it is now 206. I plan on using my Bosch 1617 in it. Not sure if it would fit your routers. Doesn’t seem to have those particular PC routers listed.

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#14 posted 01-25-2013 11:25 PM

I bought the router raizer for my router. Works like a charm.

Not sure if they have a system for your router though. You’ll have to check.

With this system you use an extra long allan key to raise and lower the router. I made the mistake of orientating my router so that the hole that the allen key goes into is right next to my fence.

Good luck.

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#15 posted 01-27-2013 11:09 PM

Woodhaven EZ Lift, nice price, accurate, smooth operation. I have no regrets with this lift, great people to work with, they even customizes a router/shaper sled for me.

-- Jim B

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