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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 10-28-2004, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
 
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I'm planning on building/buying a rew router table and would appreciate some advise on which router lift to buy? Is one better than another for bit change, that sort of thing. Is there one which should be avoided? I plan to use a 2-3 hp router dedicated to this purpose which means that ease of changeout of the router shouldn't be too much of an issue.
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This is the router lift that I use.The attached picture is the top of my router table.You can see a small hole in the router plate that is used to raise or lower the router.I use a M12v..


http://shop.woodcraft.com/Woodcraft/...1D783BA6C569EE
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I am impressed with the woodpecker's Precision router lift V2. It has a very sophisticated design. The only disadvantage is the high price of $349.00.
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Another option is to build your own lift.

I am a new woodworker and I made my own lift with above table height control / adjustment and bit changing. It was easy to do.


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

The best part was the cost, and the experience I got from making it myself.

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Lifts are nice but I can think of a lot better place to spend money on woodworking. I put them in the same category as a HumVee to go to the grocery store. I use a Bosch 1617, very easy to adjust. Flip one lever, press one lever and turn dial. I set height with a dial indicator in a hat section and log each bits desired height for a specific profile cut. Dial is always at “0” to the table. Just crank it up to height required - lock router down and cut – bingo right on the money every time.
I don’t use one of those fancy enclosed, dust collecting, hard to work in hot box enclosures either. I like my router in a cool fresh air environment. – I use a vac thru the fence channel to an enclosed area around the bit and pull off 90% of the dust – the balance gets blown out in the driveway – free mulch.
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Since you are building a new table and indicate you would also be buying a new router, consider just buying one with a built in lift. There are quite a few of them for sale anymore.
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Lifts are nice but I can think of a lot better place to spend money on woodworking. I put them in the same category as a HumVee to go to the grocery store. I use a Bosch 1617, very easy to adjust. Flip one lever, press one lever and turn dial. I set height with a dial indicator in a hat section and log each bits desired height for a specific profile cut. Dial is always at “0” to the table. Just crank it up to height required - lock router down and cut – bingo right on the money every time.
I don’t use one of those fancy enclosed, dust collecting, hard to work in hot box enclosures either. I like my router in a cool fresh air environment. – I use a vac thru the fence channel to an enclosed area around the bit and pull off 90% of the dust – the balance gets blown out in the driveway – free mulch.
that fence must weigh 50 pounds!
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Chris, the Incra fence is anodized aluminum.

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I'm going to suggest that you look at the Incra Mast R lift. This is an expensive lift too at about $350, but is worth it to me anyway. My mistakw when buying a router was that I bought the PC 893Pk, which in itself is a good router, but it is not a good router to mount in a router table. The dust from routing gets in between the motor and the base that the motor movees up and down in for height adjustment. The motor quickly binds in the base, not a good arrangement, but when mounted in in the Incra lift, the set up is a dream to use. The bits are easily changed from above the table, the adjustments are accurate and easy to use. Adjustments as fine .001" can be made very easily. I really like the lift, and by the way I do use and appreciate a down draft dust collection system. The through the fence dust collection system worked farily wee for me before I got the down draft arrangement set up but was not effective for cuts like dovetails where the bit is not close to the fence. Anyway, I hope that you will let us know what you finally decide on.

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I'm going to suggest that you look at the Incra Mast R lift. This is an expensive lift too at about $350, but is worth it to me anyway. ...
$350? ouch. mine cost me about $20. I could never justify an add on that cost 6 times more than the item the add-on is for.
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