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Blog entry by wdwrkr631 posted 05-30-2015 11:21 PM 2453 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello everyone,
Just uploaded new video to YouTube on how to install the new Dowelmax Router Lift. We left this part out of the video we made building the Router Stand. So if you want to see a more detailed video of the router lift install click the link below. Don’t forget to subscribe when your there. Thanks!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLXBBLhxtJQ

-- Brian McKnight, Long Island, New York



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playingwithmywood

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#1 posted 05-31-2015 05:33 AM

this product looks like a solution looking for a problem then again I have a Triton router in my table that makes it a breeze to do above the table bit changes and has what is basically a built in lift in the router.. I just see no need for this product and do not want others to be led astray. It would be better to spend the money for a high quality dedicated router for your table and a good router plate like my aluminum one from incra

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Desert_Woodworker

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#2 posted 05-31-2015 05:40 AM

Ditto from above post. Your video presentation was great, but the product doesn’t sell itself. I gave you a thumbs up on ytube.

-- Desert_Woodworker

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wdwrkr631

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#3 posted 05-31-2015 01:50 PM

Thanks for the comments guys. I don’t think this product was designed to replace higher end router set ups. I too have a very nice above the table router lift. My investment was around $1000.00. This lift was created to give people who don’t have or want to spend that kind of money. For $150.00 I think it’s a pretty good deal. As far as it being or having problems time in the shop will prove this out. We are going to put this lift through its paces and report back with a follow up video in a year to see how it’s holding up. Thanks for watching and keep the comments coming.

-- Brian McKnight, Long Island, New York

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playingwithmywood

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#4 posted 06-01-2015 03:59 AM

well I look forward to what you think after it is put to good use.

this router would get someone in the game for about 1/4 of the cost of your $1000 lift
http://www.rockler.com/triton-3-1-4-hp-dual-mode-plunge-router

get a offset wrench for 15 bucks and anyone should be good to go

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Dowelmax

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#5 posted 06-24-2015 07:55 PM

Hi Folks,

We are not averse to criticism, and recently modified two Dowelmax Junior components which were causing problems, after these issues had been brought to our attention.

Having said that, any criticism should be based on fact, knowledge, and experience. Any comments intended to suggest we are “leading people astray” are not supported by these criteria.

I have been using this system for approximately ten years, and I would not have spent considerable time and expense on the project if I did not consider the system much more efficient and fluid.

I had both systems in my workshop in order to film the comparison videos. Once completed, the crank system was donated elsewhere, and the new Dowelmax lift system remains in my workshop.

Advantages of our lift versus existing lift systems are as follows:

No requirement to purchase a special router (if required).

No requirement to move fence to change bit.

No need to remove insert ring to change bit.

No tedious cranking to raise bit above table, and then lower back.

Enhanced visibility of router bit height.

Enhanced access to power switch, speed control, router height adjustment, locking device, etc.

Simplified design versus existing complicated and inefficient lift systems.

Fluid, efficient and convenient operation.

Lower price.

Brian of Woodworker 631 is absolutely correct that we do not expect consumers that have already purchased a crank type lift to convert to our system.

Thanks for the discussion!

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playingwithmywood

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#6 posted 06-27-2015 03:36 AM

“No requirement to move fence to change bit”

would this not depend on size of bit used and how close or buried it is already into the fence

“No need to remove insert ring to change bit.”

if I am correct this is just a lift system and not a plate system and if I was using the correct size inserts for the bit then this also might not be true

“No tedious cranking to raise bit above table, and then lower back.”

I guess one would have to define tedious but it could be just as tedious to lift up the table also…

“Simplified design versus existing complicated and inefficient lift systems.”

well I would put my incra place and triton 3 hp router up against this any day in a competition of ease of use. With the offset wrench and the locking collet a breeze for above the table changes. plus the built in lift in the triton router you have a very efficient lift system for not much more then your table lift

“Enhanced access to power switch, speed control, router height adjustment, locking device, etc.”

well everyone should have a remove paddle type switch for power control and then it comes to access to those other things them maybe you have a point but I have no trouble accessing any of these with the simple setup

“Simplified design versus existing complicated and inefficient lift systems.”

this product just looks like a waste for most people and I stand by my first comment that this looks like a solution trying to find a problem… but hey send me one for free and I will try and use it but I will tell you this it would take a miracle to change my mind. Then again if you want to send me a dowelmax to change my mind on this also then feel free because I bought the jessem doweling jig and I do not see how yours would work any better. but you did make yours first and gave them a standard to judge their mouse trap with

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anyway none of this is to be negative but I just to not want others to be led astray buying something that looks like a wasteful expenditure but feel free to try and change my mind and to be clear I spent my hard earned money on my Triton , Incra, and Jessem products and they do not pay me to endorse their products

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Johnfang

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#7 posted 12-10-2015 11:29 AM

Yeah …I am also on the same statements as said above but really appreciate your presented vedio for router table.It can be a good source of information..so keep updating and thanks for sharing.

Regards
John Fang

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playingwithmywood

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#8 posted 12-14-2015 05:20 AM

I think it says a lot that almost 6 months later my follow up questions or points were never addressed

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Dowelmax

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#9 posted 07-11-2016 06:36 PM

Here is a picture of one of our recent installations with the Triton TRA-001 router.

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playingwithmywood

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#10 posted 07-12-2016 04:03 AM



Here is a picture of one of our recent installations with the Triton TRA-001 router.

- Dowelmax

I only keep asking myself WHY WHY WHY and the Triton is so easy to adjust under the table others are much harder but still I just do not see the need for this product

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