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Hi. Newbie here. Started my woodworking hobby about 1 1/2 years ago. Finally decided to register. Thinking about up grading my router lift & table.

Currently have the Bosch MRF01 mounted to the Bosch RA1171 (Bench top table), on top of a small cabinet and attached to end of my Table Saw. Ok for small jobs.

The lift never worked properly. I live in SW Fl. and Bosch has only one service/repair in the area, who is not really experienced or interested in servicing my equipment. The other option is to ship it out. Frustrated with all the under the table finagling.

What I am considering is using the MRF & MRP as hand held and, using a dedicated router in a lift and table. While browsing around I found the PC 7518 for $307.49 or the 75182 (motor only) for $289.00 free shipping (Amazon).

Also while browsing I came across an interesting review at American Woodworker,
discussing several different lift options.

So I would like feedback with the following:

Should I;

1) Go with the 7518 with base and a lift or,
2) With the 75182 motor only and lift?
3) What lifts are tried and true?
4) Any other suggestions
5) What is Avatar?

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Hi Chris,

I upgraded my router set-up by adding a 75182 (motor only) to a Jessem Master lift. Works great and I now wonder why I waited so long. I have a couple off PC 690 routers with a plunge base for all of my hand held routing. I can also easily mount one of these routers in a "portable" table for onside operations. I have always dreamed about going over to the Festool line of routers but I just can't justify the additional cost....

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I am not able to help you out as I am in the same situation but the following are some of my thoughts.
I am considering the 7518 motor only with a Woodpeckers lift, The Woodpeckers lifts appear to be very strong and are USA made. I am toying with either the sidewinder or thumbwheel model. I see pro's for both but with options I get bogged down in the decision making process.
All of this is to go into a router table I am making with a Corian top. The top is a discard from a marble shop that replaced it with a marble top. We have corian countertops in our kitchen and I have always thought that would make a great router table. Guess I will find out.
Good luck and from all of the research I have made the PC 7518 is no doubt the motor of choice.
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Just a couple of thoughts, Chris. I'd go with the motor only as when you have a router dedicated to your table you never remove it to do handheld so why waste the cash you can use for other things?

Can't offer anything on the lift and I know from previous posts that some here don't like/use them but I do. Mine is an older JessEm which I have been well satisfied with although I understand the newer JessEm II is better ( features) and I have been able to use the newer loc rings for better cuts. Lyn
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I had my Bosch 1617 in my router table for a long while an then got the 7518, great router.
I have the Jessem Master Lift II and it handles the 7518 with ease, even with that larger of a router it is smooth and lifts easy.

The only bad thing I found with the 7518 was the collet, it sucks and I replaced it with a Precision with is an awesome collet.

I guess the bottom line is get the motor only and a good lift and you will be very happy.
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Bill,
Do you recall where you purchased your "Precision" collet for your P-C 7518, I was unable to find them online. Thanks,
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Hi. Newbie here. Started my woodworking hobby about 1 1/2 years ago. Finally decided to register. Thinking about up grading my router lift & table.

1) Go with the 7518 with base and a lift or,
2) With the 75182 motor only and lift?
3) What lifts are tried and true?
4) Any other suggestions
5) What is Avatar?

Thanks for any & all replies.
Chris
Hello and welcome Chris...

Door #2... I went with Jessum Master lift... Smooth right along with all the MISS/KISS you can desire...

Door #3... Played with Woodpecker and Kreg at a demo and took the Jessum..Just better done IMO... Also everything that Jessum supplied to me was made in Canada...

Door #5... Avatar... it's the picture with your name in the block to left of the post...

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Bill,
Do you recall where you purchased your "Precision" collet for your P-C 7518, I was unable to find them online. Thanks,
Jim
I got it right from Precision, they are really great people to work with.

Precision Porter-Cable Compatible Nuts and Collets
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