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So what is your opinion of a router lift?
Commercial (what brand) or make one myself?
Are they "useful", "must have", "nice but", "why in the world", "why waste your money"? Or....?
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Here is my answer:

http://www.routerforums.com/project-...ter-table.html

It does everything I need and want, and the cost was about $20. And of course, you can mount it on any kind of surface you want.

I don't know why, buy I have a real problem paying $150 or more for an addon for a $59 router. Then again, I'm a cheap SOB.
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A lift is not essential to use a router table but they sure are convenient if you use the table on a regular basis.

Make one or buy one? There are several ways to make if so inclined. Check out the forums. Lots of neat ideas out there.

I bought mine, was not inclined to take the time, gather the parts and assemble a lift for a 7518 motor.

Figured cost of commerical product vs personal investment costs to be a wash.

Ended up with much nicer lift than any I could make within the capabilities of my shop.

Mine's a Jessem master, got it as package with the 7518 motor. Great setup.
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So what is your opinion of a router lift?
Commercial (what brand) or make one myself?
Are they "useful", "must have", "nice but", "why in the world", "why waste your money"? Or....?
I wouldn't like to live without this simple but very effective router lift especially since replacing the Makita with a Triton TR001. A quick press on the pedal and the collet is above the table and for dowelling it sure is fast.

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So what is your opinion of a router lift?
Commercial (what brand) or make one myself?
Are they "useful", "must have", "nice but", "why in the world", "why waste your money"? Or....?
I pick door 5.

When something is advertised as being foolproof there is always a better class of fool that comes along to prove them wrong.
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Waste of money is relative.

My original table replaced a small shaper, my current motor/lift setup is a definite upgrade over the original. It provides the accuracy, dust collection and enough power to do all that the shaper did and more.

The bit sets I buy for this setup can be fairly expensive but in comparison to a set of shaper cutters they are a deal.

Too often I need to match a style for a project and nine times out of ten a router bit can be found to replicate.

Router bits can also be used hand held or in the table. (within reason)

Just one gain in production comes in when making that final cut to clean up an edge profile on a cabinet door to satisfaction. With the machine still running, I crank the bit up a tad knowing that the cut will be consistent, and since the depth change is visually monitored via the lift indicator, I know that I will not cut through into the hinge bore ruining the door.

Trashing a cabinet door costs a lot more than most suspect when it comes out of pocket.

Yeah, all of this can be done without a lift, did it for decades with a big plunger strapped to the original table.

Sure the lift/motor combo is like paying $500+ for a router but what it does for me is worth it. It stays in the table and it frees up the big plunger for on site/in shop hand held use.
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Check out http://www.routerforums.com/table-mo...-rbi-mcls.html
for my use of the MLCS Powerlift installed on an RBI router table.
Also:
http://www.routerforums.com/table-mo...s-igaging.html

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You have east/west & north/south to contend with. The lift will manage the north/south cutter depth but not the east/west.
Comments on that here.
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I'm with Ken - waste of money - so easy to drop the motor out and change bits. I can buy a lot of bits with 200-350 bucks. bit height adjustment - I set this way photo
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