Hey guys - I'm new here, and relatively new to woodworking. I'm putting together my first router table and I need some advice.
I've got a Dewalt DW618pk 2.25hp router, and I need to choose a router lift for the router table I'm building.
I've looked at: 1. Rockler's Router Lift FX
-- $200, manufactured in Taiwan, design licensed from JessEm; 2. JessEm Rout-R-Lift II
-- $200, designed and manufactured in Canada, by JessEm; and 3. JessEm Mast-R-Lift II
($360, designed and manufactured in Canada, by Jessem).
The Rockler Router Lift FX has an aluminum milled plate, but is made in Taiwan and has no locking mechanism. The JessEm Rout-R-Lift II only has a phenolic plate, but includes a locking mechanism and a dual bearing system. And the JessEm Mast-R-Lift II is great in every way, but costs an additional $160.
Which router lift would you recommend? Are there other lifts I should be considering in this price range?