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PatrickIrish

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352 days ago

Seller is asking $550 for this Jessem table with 3hp Porter Cable. I’m waiting on more pics and thought I’d ask around on a perceived value. I was going to offer $400 since I’m about 90 minutes away drive.

What is the model of this table and lift? I cant tell from the pics. Looks like an older master excel system.

Thanks
Rc


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#1 posted 351 days ago

Got in touch with Jessem and it’s a Mast-r-Excel table system that includes the Mast-R lift. Bought 4-8 years old.

Would $400 offee be reasonable?

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#2 posted 351 days ago

it’s an older design that as far as I remember didn’t really become all too popular for some obvious (to some) reasons. it’s a nice “all in one” but I don’t believe it has a quick lift mechanism to quickly bring the router above table for bit changes (a really nice feature in many lifts), also I don’t recall seeing a plate on that table since the entire lift is part of the table itself (lifting mechanism is wheel on edge of table which is linked with a chain to the actual router lift -so everything is “one piece” – that means again that for changing bits, you’d have to turn that wheel all the way up and back all the way down – a hassle in my opinion.

all that for 550 – is not worth it in my view, even 400 is too high of a mark – 300 and under I might consider. but still even at that cost, I would probably get a stand alone table top, and a quality stand alone lift for not much more without all the limitations this one has to offer.

that’s my story and I’m sticking to it ;)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 351 days ago

Thanks for the reply. Cranking the blade all the way up to change a bit isnt a big deal for me, considering something new will be easily $800+ . New this system was over $900 with the porter cable 3hp.

I could build a table but a new lift is $300 and materials. Can’t see it being less than $500.

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Gene Howe

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#4 posted 351 days ago

If you get it, buy a bare crank rod from Jessem ($5.00) and find a cordless drill at a swap meet ($7.00). Chuck up the rod and you have a power lift. That’s what I did and it has saved me countless “wasted” minutes.
BTW, $400 is decent. As you said, you cannot build one for that.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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PurpLev

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#5 posted 350 days ago

I missed the “with PC router” – that changes the perspective considerably. I thought it was just for the table. yes with the router this is a good deal.

that said – most of my use of the lift is to quickly bring the router above table and back to previous position for quick bit changes – and not so much for fine adjustments as one would think (at least I did at the time).

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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