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Question Which router lift should I buy?

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?

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I have the Mast-R-Lift II with the magnetic Incra insert plates (vs phenolic). The lift is branded Incra but it's the JessEm lift. I truly love that set up. The MRL-II with the Incra inserts is a really good lift. You can get them on sale for about $330. Rockler has that lift with the incra inserts but the plate is the smaller "rockler size" (8 1/4 x 11 3/4 vs 9 1/4 x 11 3/4). I don't think it makes a functional difference though it somewhat locks you into Rockler. I frequently see that lift on sale for $300. You can get inserts from incra that have holes for better down draft DC - I use them and they work great..

A key question is are you ever going to move up to one of the big 3+ HP routers? If so, you probably should get the bigger lift. Otherwise, save the money.
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I got this Porta Cable router and it comes with an above the table height adjuster. There are other brands that I am sure are just as good you might consider. I know you ask about a router raiser but I thought I would give you something else to think about.

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Can you wait a week for an answer on this? I should have photos to show you.
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I can try. I'm pretty anxious to get started though. Please do update when you've got the photos though - looking forward to the insight.
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Thanks hawkeye10 - I'm kinda stuck with the router I bought. I think the Bosch also has some kind of above table height adjustment feature, but I've been told that the table lifts can be more reliable and accurate over the long haul.
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Thanks Semipro - I did search the forums for lift discussions, but didn't see any clear comparisons between the current models I'm considering. Plus, there's been some new features added on the JessEm router lifts, so I wanted some fresh feedback from the community.
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thanks for the insight PhilBa. I'm probably not going to upgrade to a 3hp router anytime soon. The 2.25 hp is enough for most of my bits, and I don't expect to be doing too much really heavy work. Just want to make sure I'm not missing anything crucial, and that the non-metal plates won't create any unexpected issues going forward.

Is there any good ways to get discounts or wait for sales? Should I hold off on buying anything till Labor Day?
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You will never know whats going to be on sale or not at any given time. I am patient and willing to wait, especially if I'm looking to upgrade. However, sometimes saving $30 on a $300 item isn't worth waiting.
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