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I have been playing around with a Hitachi M12V2 mounted to a Kreg table. i have been struggling to get the hieght adjusted; both correctly and consistently.

So I have purchased a used Porter Cable 75182 motor and i am now looking for a lift. I have been looking at
INCRA Mast-R-Lift II Router Lift and the INCRA PRL-V2 Lift. Do you have any other recommendations in this price point? Which should I buy? Should i buy Incra's version or go with Jessem or Woodpecker? I have heard there are issues with the PRL-V2 Lift... that it is very stiff...is this true? Thanks for all the input.

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Welcome to the forum Ed . I'm sorry I don't have any suggestions for you , but the experts should be by soon

I have the Porter Cable 75182 and the Incra V2 lift myself , but unfortunately I haven't used it yet.
I haven't heard about to many issues with that lift though , or I wouldn't have purchaced it .
I went all Incra after seeing some members using it here. Have a there top and there fence to , but as I mentioned, I have to build it yet
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I can't do a comparison, but I really like my Incra Mast-R-Lift. The magnetic inserts are very easy to change--a vote in favor of the Incra version. The Clean-Sweep version of the rings helps a lot, but I don't have enough vacuum to keep dado shavings from spitting out the front of the cut. The Jessem design has no lash, adjustments accurate (and easy).

I spent several years saying that the Bosch 1617 fixed base in a table functioned as a lift and that i'd probably never buy one. After my first project with the Jessem/Incra--I knew i'd been wrong. The Bosch is good--but this is a different level.

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I have the Jessem and swear by it and the company....
both are outstanding...
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Hi Guys,

I have been playing around with a Hitachi M12V2 mounted to a Kreg table. i have been struggling to get the hieght adjusted; both correctly and consistently.

So I have purchased a used Porter Cable 75182 motor and i am now looking for a lift. I have been looking at
INCRA Mast-R-Lift II Router Lift and the INCRA PRL-V2 Lift. Do you have any other recommendations in this price point? Which should I buy? Should i buy Incra's version or go with Jessem or Woodpecker? I have heard there are issues with the PRL-V2 Lift... that it is very stiff...is this true? Thanks for all the input.

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I have one and they are made by jessem I think ,very well built, no plastic,all metal heavy Aluminum. Priced reasonable when you look at lifts almost 3 times the price. I also have the jessem Master lift and like it too, but it cost almost 3X as much and the Rockler does as good a job.
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I ŕm very happy with my Jessem.
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Welcome Ed. I have the M12V2 in my table and no issues with it. Under the base plate is a 14mm nut on the end of the threaded adjustment rod. I drilled a hole through my table plate to match it and use a speeder wrench and socket for adjustments. I'm having no problems so can you be more specific about your problems Ed? Also, did you remove the plunger springs? That might help too.
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Welcome Ed. I have the M12V2 in my table and no issues with it. Under the base plate is a 14mm nut on the end of the threaded adjustment rod. I drilled a hole through my table plate to match it and use a speeder wrench and socket for adjustments. I'm having no problems so can you be more specific about your problems Ed? Also, did you remove the plunger springs? That might help too.
I have had chronic issues with adjustment. I did removed the springs. The router does not seem to hold in the same position. the adjustment rod does not seem to work, or I am doing something wrong. The lever that adjusts height seems to allow the router to slip. It has been a problem since I have owned this router. If you have any suggestions I would love to hear them. Thanks.
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I thought that might be it because I had trouble figuring out how that worked too and the manual is not clear. The lever beside the threaded rod operates a half nut. In one position it engages the nut against the threaded rod so that the rod can adjust height up and down. In the disengaged position the router is able to plunge. This feature is different from other plunge routers and is also different than the M12V which I also have one of. I think the reason it is designed that , at least in my opinion, is because this router was specifically designed to be able to be used in a table. If you remove the black plastic base plate you'll see that 14mm nut on the end of the threaded rod and you can use it for above the table adjustment and it works well. Try moving that lever one side to the other (by the threaded rod that is) one way should lock it on the rod and the other way should leave it free to go up and down by pushing on it.

If you are having trouble locking it in position once adjusted that's a different problem and quite simple also.
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