I have the Bench Dog lift with Porter Cable's big boy and a Frued fence. It's all on my own table and I think it's gold. In fact, I wouldn't switch to the cast iron table on a free trade, simply because my table is bigger.
The JessEm get good reviews too. That may be because of differences in raising and lowering the two, but that's just a guess. I suspect it's as much a Ford/Chevy thing. Regardless, either will outlast both of us, even under heavy use.
I made the jump after growing tired of dealing with the plastic things that can break relatively easy, when pulling the corners down. I could have built one, but it still wouldn't be comparable in quality, and the labor made the price tag more attractive, at the time.
When I hook my collector to the top and bottom ports, not much dust escapes.
I don't worry about rust, I just deal with it, but not much, even though my band saw, table saw, ocilating sander, drum-disk sander, jointer and router lift are made of it. I've used a product call Corrosion-X and I'd set a can of pop on any of them treated with it. Some of them I only treat yearly, others a couple times a year, or as a problem "pops" up. Corrosion-X won't leave the surfaces pretty, but it will make them, in terms of water, nearly bullet proof.
The reason I have what you want is, I never lent it out before.
Scraps are a myth.
Last edited by Dejure; 01-30-2016 at 07:43 PM.