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Hi, guys. I'm new . I'm redoing my shop with a new saw. my old had a router mounted underneath. I would like to have the ability to work, adjust and change bits without going underneath the table. Should I buy a router lift for my Millwaukee 5615 1 3/4hp or just get a Triton with the above table adjuster built in? The lifts cost almost as much as the Triton router that would have more power. what are the pros and cons. I need to make a table as well... Thanks in advance.
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I really like my Jessem lift. It's heavy duty and expensive, but worth it.
IMHO, a lift with a plate mounted in the table is better than using the router's base. YMMV, though.

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I think that you could do with the built in lift capabilities on the Triton, but you can't beat the ease and precision for lifts like the Jessem or Bench Dog.
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To add, I decided to go the route of getting the Bench Dog table top, fence and lift. Man, that thing is solid. I just got it last week, and still need to build a table for it myself.
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Jim,
"Solid" being the operative word....followed closely by "precise adjustments".
We have both in the Bench Dog, or the Jessem.
Mine is teamed with the Jointech Sawtrain system. Uses the same fence for the saw and the router table. Handy!

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I have a Jessem lift for my DW625, also a Trend T11 in the Trend pro table. The Trend table has a crank which lifts and drops the router. Both are good, but the Jessem is superior. A better action, repeatable settings, the router is more secure in the lift. I catch my right index finger nuckle in a hole on the table when I crank the Trend.
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Guys, you're comparing apples and oranges here... The triton sells for $250-$300 while the JessEm Mast-R-Lift sells for $300-$350 before you add a router (a PC7518, for example, is another $350). In terms of value the Triton wins; there's no comparison. The JessEm adds a number of features but pound-for-pound the ratio of incremental cost to incremental features is high. Whether or not it's "worth it" (and I own one) is an individual judgement.

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Ah, the voice of reason. I'm not sure there are many if any that will fit my milwaukee. or if thats powerful enough 1 3/4hp?
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Guys, you're comparing apples and oranges here... The triton sells for $250-$300 while the JessEm Mast-R-Lift sells for $300-$350 before you add a router (a PC7518, for example, is another $350). In terms of value the Triton wins; there's no comparison. The JessEm adds a number of features but pound-for-pound the ratio of incremental cost to incremental features is high. Whether or not it's "worth it" (and I own one) is an individual judgement.
Oh, for sure. But the OP mentioned he does not need a new router if going the route of the lift. For some things, I find the value is not in the money spent, but in the ease and enjoyment of using. It can save on some bad words said, or things that might get broken.

That said, I am strongly thinking of getting the Triton 2 1/4HP model for off table work.

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Ah, the voice of reason. I'm not sure there are many if any that will fit my milwaukee. or if thats powerful enough 1 3/4hp?
My bad, I missed that you only had a smaller Milwaukee. Oopsie.

Have you had a chance to try out the two options you listed. I have tried both, in fact the Tritan 3 1/4HP router on the weekend. You could always try just it if you need a more powerful router anyway, and if you find you could use the precision and ease of a lift, then dole out the money for it.

I took the approach that I wanted a router motor dedicated to the table, and for that reason bought the motor only. I got the P 3 1/4Hp.

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