I am new to forums so please bear with me. My saw is a Delta unisaw with a Biesemeyer fence. The router fence will be new as will the lift. The router is going to be the large Porter Cable, 7018 I think. The router cabinet will be attached to the saw by the Biesemeyer fence and will be on wheels. I am interested in which lift to buy, placement of the router in the table, and placement of the T-tracks and and miter slot. Maybe info about what kind of fence, I am leaning toward a non split. Thanks again for any help. cya, Mel
Do you have one of the "old style" or "brand new" style (only shipping for the last few months) Unisaws? Since you wish to mount the router in the extension table, I hope it is the "older" style (the new style has dual handwheels on front, one for height and one for blade angle) since the new style has a its supports under the table well-supported with a labyrinth of steel for added strength and ridgidity. This is a good thing as long as you don't want to mount a router in it.
I believe that you mean the Porter-Cable 7518 router for your table. That's what I have and I really like it. There are lots of other good routers out there for table used (some would argue better) but I haven't regretted my purchase.
As to the "best" router lift, that is a relative question since you need to factor in how much you are willing to spend. Opinions here will vary widely too. Ken has pointed out some of the leading contenders.
Jessem's Mast-R-Lift was my choice of lift design but I didn't really like the retaining system that they or any of the other manufacturers had for the insert rings until I ran into the Incra / Jessem Mast-R-Lift. That lift is based upon Jessem's lifting mechanism but uses Incra's (a high-end router / table fence company) plate which affixes the retaining rings with rare-earth magnets, held in alignment with "ears". For *me* it was the best choice.
Incra also has a version of the Woodpecker lift with their retaining system. These can be seen at www.incra.com
Just because I have it doesn't make it the "best", it's just what's right for me. Opinions will vary, including many who believe the KISS (keep it simple stupid) is the "best". For them, you don't need a lift, you just need a plate, such as Oak Park www.oak-park.com
is the best. It is the preferred choice of Bob and Rick from The Router Workshop and they are one h*lluva lot better with the router than I will ever be! Please check that style out as well as those recommended by others (including the Bernch Dog). You will find a highly recommended inexpensive system mounting plate at www.harborfreight.com
Finding the best router lift is like finding the best spouse. Ther are lots of prospective candidates out there. The secret is finding the one that's right for you!! <g>