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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-13-2011, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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I just bought a Jess em lift. When I tried to install my PC690 the edge of the router hits the bearing tubes of the lift. The part that hits it the casting where the brushes are. Since they overlap about an 1/8", it looks like I can just grind off the excess. I probably only need to remove 1/16" or so from each side.

I called Jessem and the woman that answered said she would have to get someone else to help me. It's been over a day without a response.

My Craftsman 17542 fits fine by the way.

I'm wondering if anyone else here has had the same problem? I thought maybe my PC690 was odd, but from every photo I see (of PC 690's), the casting around the brushes does stick out a little.

I'm a little unimpressed with Jessem's customer service right now.
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I just bought a JessEm lift.
Which model lift did you get? There's several models out now. Some of the older models needed separate spacer rings for different size routers.

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I'm a little unimpressed with Jessem's customer service right now.
They just went through a cost cutting period of trying to have a lot of their products made in China! After realizing that the quality wasn't there I believe they are re-opening their plants in Canada.
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I have one of their "Chinese " made and there little if any difference between them and the Canadian made from what I can see and they carry the exact same warranty so that if something breaks they still guarantee it regardless of where it was made. Are you sure you have the rounter correctly positioned in the lift and do you have the correct model for that particular router. Sometimes shippin errors can occur. I would suggest asking to speak with a technician rather than customer service as they mainly deal with sales.
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I bought the Router lift II. I was very impressed with the product. The box says I have the right lift, and it does fit the Craftsman router (it says it will fit PC and Craftsman).
I have tried to slide it in every possible way. The little pins on the side of the router really limit the ways you can slide it in, one way or 180 degrees.

I will try to talk to a technician tomorrow.

Since I don't have my new table finished, its not a huge hurry.
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Cool,Let us know what they say,Tommy
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Got a call from Jessem. They had a PC 690 router and tried it on their lift. It seems that the 690 does contact the bearing tubes. So I had these choices according to Jessem.
1. Grind off the edge of the router housing at the brushes.
2. Install the router as far as it will go. It will not go in as far, but you can still get a wrench on the collet.
3. Loosen some of the lift hardware screws, install the router, and mess with it enough to get it to go in.

I chose to grind down the router housing. I used a bench grinder to remove some material, then my bench disk sander to finish it off evenly. I only had to take off a little more than a 1/16" off each side. The router then slide in perfectly.

I now can chose between my PC 690 and my Craftsman 17542 for my table.

I am very impressed with the quality of this lift. It was only $120. Much less than their other lifts, so I have to wonder, just what the heck I am missing. It seems to have all the bells and whistles I am going to need.

While they didn't return my call the next day, they really took their time to work out my concerns, and make sure I was taken care of. They said they have just been hammered with business since Christmas, and apologized for not getting back to me right away. I would recommend Jessem to anyone.
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I'm not to sure why you would want to rework your PC 690 to fit in when the Craftsman has more power and is a VS router unlike the PC..but to each his own..

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I'm not to sure why you would want to rework your PC 690 to fit in when the Craftsman has more power and is a VS router unlike the PC..but to each his own..

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I wondered about that too, but then again, if one of them poops out on you, just pop in the other and you are back to routing without making a trip to Sears.
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I use my more powerful router DW625 in my Jessem lift and keep the Elu 177 for hand use. It is nice to know that Jessem did come back to you.
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Good point Bob.

I bought the PC690 a while back to use specifically in a table. The Sears router was a very recent addition (I posted about this purchase in another thread) and was missing some parts (1/2" collet, etc). I didn't own it when I ordered the lift. It was just coincidence that it fits the lift too.

I will probably use the Sears router in the lift, and use the PC for hand held use, since I have a lot more bases, etc for it.

I guess its better to be router rich, than router poor.
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