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I have seen several manufacturers come up with a table mounter router lift that allows height adjustments from the side instead from the top. Some are motorized and some are not. Most have disappeared and seem to be no longer available...and I would imagine that it is because they didn't work all that good.
MLCS, Woodpeck, Jessem and a couple of others I cannot remember.

I'm lookin for a good side adjust lift because when I do plunge routing with my router table I am currently limited by the approximate 3" distance from the bit to the insert position for the top mount lift tool.

Are yall aware of any new or available models that are out there?
The only one I have seen is a newer jessem setup that comes complete with a table top and mechanism built in...

As nice as it looks I am not spending that amount and I don't want to change from my Incra fence system

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Hi Greg,

Dunno if this is what you are looking for:

Eagle America, Woodpeck still here:

Router Height Adjustment - Side Winder Router Lift

Just woodpeckers so far:

Woodpeckers’ Side Winder Router Lift - NewWoodworker.com LLC

Also:

http://www.eagleamerica.com/product/...ounting_plates

You prolly saw all these.

They seem to be a couple years old. Nothing new yet Greg, sorry

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This one is a table, not just a lift
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I have the JessEm...
no issues...

MAST-R-LIFT EXCEL II

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Hi Greg,

Dunno if this is what you are looking for:

Eagle America, Woodpeck still here:

Router Height Adjustment - Side Winder Router Lift

Just woodpeckers so far:

Woodpeckers’ Side Winder Router Lift - NewWoodworker.com LLC

Also:

Mounting Plates & Lifts - "U-Turn" Router Lifts and Accessories

You prolly saw all these.

They seem to be a couple years old. Nothing new yet Greg, sorry
The woodpecker side model doesn't seem to be available any more...must of had some problems.

I need to look more into the MLCS one. There is only 1 review and I also want something that precisely fits my Incra table and fence system

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This one is a table, not just a lift
Phil...I saw that one and it is obviously well made but since it is a table also it won't be compatible with the Incra

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I have the JessEm...
no issues...

MAST-R-LIFT EXCEL II
Stick...the jessem is definitely quality but you gotta get their complete system. good for them but not good for me.

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Stick...the jessem is definitely quality but you gotta get their complete system. good for them but not good for me.
how so...
all I and two others got was the lift and went from there...
I bought their top and realized that wasn't what I wanted so I went to a plastics distributer and found a drop piece of white 1" Carbon fiber reinforced polymer and then torsion boxed it...
the torsion box frame I made from 3/16 x 2 x 2" aluminum architectural channel...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
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Over the past few days i've swapped a few messages with Al B Thayer, as i've just bought his lift plans (not sure when i'll do the build, but i'm going to try it). When i mentioned considering using a set of miter gears so i wouldn't have to move my Incra--Al pointed out that would likely introduce more lash than i'd probably want. That makes sense to me.

Since his design mounts vertically, my current (imcomplete) thought is to add a compartment inside my cabinet, so i can mount to the side instead of the back of the cabinet--and gain some bit storage at the same time. That would put my height adjustment in line with the bit.

Still, long term, i like the "sidewinder" thought. I don't think i like it $700 worth, but i like it!!

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Have a look at the thread about the Hawk table and router. You could get a scissor jack for $5 from a junk yard. I've heard from several members that it works very well, just looks crappy.

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