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Hi everyone, this is my first post. I have been into woodworking since I was in seventh grade. I'm now 42 and have learned a few tricks along the way. I recently decided to purchase a router lift but I need advise on which one works the best. I have a Dewalt DW618. Thanks!!
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I have a Jessem for my 3hp PC router. I like it very much.
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Greetings (your name here) and wilcome to the router forums. Don't have a lift, mine already has one. However I am sure you will get good information here on the forum from the pro's.

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Hello and welcome to the forum.

I had this one a while back and really liked it. Expensive, but worked very well.

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I have a Jessem for my DW625. It is really great.The ease of use is amazing. Accuracy of cutter height is so precise.
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Welcome!
Can't go wrong with the Jessum if you get a new one, the older models aren't near as good.
Things to look at are
1: what does it take to adjust the height?
2: How do you change the bit?
3. Will your router fit their holder?
5. Is it easy to add a vac?
I"m sure the members here can add more, but these are what I look for. And with me "It's can I justfy the cost to the little lady!"
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Hi Guys

Not to sure why you would buy a Jessum lift, for the same price you can buy a router that has a build in lift kit

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I also have a "Router Raizer" by Router Technologies coupled with a 3-1/4 Triton. Nothing but satisfied with the $90.00 device!

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Hi everyone, this is my first post. I have been into woodworking since I was in seventh grade. I'm now 42 and have learned a few tricks along the way. I recently decided to purchase a router lift but I need advise on which one works the best. I have a Dewalt DW618. Thanks!!
Hi, I faced the same situation. I answered the question by buying a Freud 1702 with an above the table setup built in. It allows me to lift the router without going under the table. It seems to do everything the lift would have done. I am sure that as I get more into this I might want to demand the higher accuracy that the lifts seem to claim. So far so good. I don't think that the lifts justify the price.

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I bought the Benchdog Pro and paired it up with Porter Cable's 7518 Speedmatic 15 Amp 3-1/4 HP Fixed Base 5-Speed Router, with fuel injection and turbocharger (okay, maybe the couple thins were exaggerations).

Before buying, I did a lot of reading and concluded, if price were not an issue, this was the one I wanted. Every opinion I reviewed indicated individuals were happy with their purchases.

With a remote switch installed, and speed changes aside, it can be operated entirely from above. Bit changes are a breeze and are actually quicker than on my hand held units.

This thing is built to last. and then some. You'd use it decades, then pass it on. The base plate is machined steel. One of the things that pushed me toward it. I've managed to kill three of the plastic base plates. Two just getting them level to their tables (the hold down screws were farther in than the mount screws, which allows enough pressure to crack the phenolic).

Everything was ready to go out of the box and installing the PC router was a drop in affair. Others might require an adapter.

Now that I have my table up and going, I find myself doing things, without a second thought, I would have avoided them before.

The reason I have what you want is, I never lent it out before.

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