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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 05-27-2009, 03:41 AM Thread Starter
 
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Today at work I was working with my laser welder and had to recalibrate the microscope sight and reached over for the "Lab Jack" and it hit me like a brick. This would be the perfect router lift, It would work for any make or model and it cost about 30 bucks used for a small one about 4x4.
Man I cant believe this did not come to me before, I hope this helps someone other than me.

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Haven't seen a lab jack used as a router lift, but I've seen many use a scissor jack as a router lift. Scissor jack LINK

By the way, where can you buy a lab jack for $30 used? Those have a smaller footprint and would take up less space than a scissor jack.
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If you are looking for an inexpensive router lift, Check out Woodworkers Journal, Page 34 A nice set-up, and you control it with a small crank. Also a nice way to attach a router, if you are on a tight budget.

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Hi Paulo

Just one more place to get the jacks from

- Harbor Freight Tools - Quality Tools at the Lowest Prices
Amazon.com: Fisherbrand Lab Jacks; Size: Micro; 2.75 x 2.75: Industrial & Scientific
Amazon.com: Lab Jack (1 ea): Industrial & Scientific

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I did not know labs needed jacks....
I was thinking that four threaded rods at the corners of whatever you need to raise or lower with a chain going around them... would provide wide support and low weight ... I have not investigated the cost...but it would should provide good access from the bottom .
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Looking at the first link, one gets to wondering.

Two ton capacity --> able to lift any router.
Lifts from 4-3/4" to 13-1/2" --> No shortage of range.
Manual backup crank --> no need for battery backup power, eh?

Heck, the thing is good enough to drive the entire router through the table top.

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hahahahahaha Cassandra

With 13 1/2 lift you could change bits easy LOL and the spare tire at the same time LOL LOL

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Looking at the first link, one gets to wondering.

Two ton capacity --> able to lift any router.
Lifts from 4-3/4" to 13-1/2" --> No shortage of range.
Manual backup crank --> no need for battery backup power, eh?

Heck, the thing is good enough to drive the entire router through the table top.

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Looking at the first link, one gets to wondering.

Two ton capacity --> able to lift any router.
Lifts from 4-3/4" to 13-1/2" --> No shortage of range.
Manual backup crank --> no need for battery backup power, eh?

Heck, the thing is good enough to drive the entire router through the table top.

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It can lift either a puny 3 horsepower router or a 345 horsepower hemi without any problems.
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Just one more place to get the jacks from

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I wonder if the actuator of this jack couldn't be removed and "retro-fitted" to my existing manual lift (JessEm Lift-Fx), warranty be darned. This would give you something like the motorized lift ala John Nixon @ Eagle Lake Woodworking.

Theoretically, the motor has a fairly low power draw and not too much push since the scissor jack does the heavy lifting (pardon the pun). Limit stops top and bottom would be the only obstacle. Cant really tell from the picture, but I'm guessing the motor depth is less than 6 inches,so clearance space shouldn't be too problematic.
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Hi Kenichi

I think it would be just fine the way it's comes,with a small pocket block under the router and with remote control it would be a nice motorized lift ..
and a easy work around to setup...I would suggest a small 12 volt bike battery for the power to run it...


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I wonder if the actuator of this jack couldn't be removed and "retro-fitted" to my existing manual lift (JessEm Lift-Fx), warranty be darned. This would give you something like the motorized lift ala John Nixon @ Eagle Lake Woodworking.

Theoretically, the motor has a fairly low power draw and not too much push since the scissor jack does the heavy lifting (pardon the pun). Limit stops top and bottom would be the only obstacle. Cant really tell from the picture, but I'm guessing the motor depth is less than 6 inches,so clearance space shouldn't be too problematic.



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