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Has anyone had this problem? I have a Incra master lift with a Incra cleansweep down draft collection. When I raise or lower the router, the lead screw on the lift is always built up with fine saw dust and you can't raise or lower the router until you blow off the lead screw with air. You have to do thie every time you want to raise or lower the router. This is a real pain. Has anyone experienced this? Would anyone have a solution? I appreciate your help. Thanks...
 

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your DC is inadequate and/or the air flow for the DC isn't set up as well as itcould be..
 

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Over time, dust and chips do build up on the router and lift mechanism under the Incra table even with the Cleansweep box installed. I would suspect that the previous poster who answered is correct that inadequate dust collection has something major to do with your problem. I always attach the CleanSweep port to my cyclone dust collector instead of the vac I own. The vac, even though one of the best, just doesn't generate enough air volume movement to such the dust right through.

I do get dust buildup on the router lift threads and mechanism but only over a longer period of time. The router lift and router should be pulled out periodically for cleaning maintenance. However, this should not be a problem each time you use it.

Do you use the Incra recommended slotted throatplates with the lift? They improve the air flow a lot and don't interfere with use.
 

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I dont have the Incra Lift but really like Incra Products. Why dont you email support at Incra and ask them about the problem. They have always been very helpful when I contacted them in the past. The Incra staff is small and know their products.

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My suggestion as well. In fact you can call and speak to Mark at 1.888.804.6272.

That said while I don't have the Incra lift I do as Herb and have DC at both the fence and lift areas that do an outstanding job. That said I should mention that I have a CV1800 6" DC system and the 6" port feeds a single inlet with 2 - 4" blast gates, one for the fence and the other for the lift compartment. DC makes all the difference.
 

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Stick has suggested using a snorkle attached to the bottom of the router to improve upward air circulation through the router, to cool the motor. But his would also improve the up-flow through the insert and possibly improve above the table DC.

And, that is a really handsome router table!
 

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Dust Collection in the Fence

Dust collection using the port on the Incra Wonder Fence does improve the result, but only when the bit is near or partially buried in the fence. If the bit is completely exposed connection to the fence port is of no use in dust collection.

The slotted throat plates that Incra sells improve downward airflow significantly. They are called the CleanSweep Magnalock Rings.
 

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My suggestion as well. In fact you can call and speak to Mark at 1.888.804.6272.

That said while I don't have the Incra lift I do as Herb and have DC at both the fence and lift areas that do an outstanding job. That said I should mention that I have a CV1800 6" DC system and the 6" port feeds a single inlet with 2 - 4" blast gates, one for the fence and the other for the lift compartment. DC makes all the difference.
That is the same table and fence I have, sweet mod on running another extrusion for separating the micro adjuster. Love the stand, that is nicer than the furniture in my meager existence. Tip o' the hat to you, good sir.

I have similar D/C setup as yours, along with a table top dust hood as well. Hoping to start using it soon, once the D/C is connected and everything else is built. The clear router cabinet has 2 blast gates in it to control air flow.
 

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My router fence has a safety shield that I don't always use, but it partially encloses the bit which will restore some of the air flow to the DC port behind the fence. The one shown is a Jessem and requires a fence with a T-track. Theoretically you could add an extension (Lexan) so you could keep the fence further away, or even a DC port through the shield, directly above the bit. As an alternative, you could make a shop built unit. It would not help with DCwhen cutting a stopped or full dado.

Here are a couple of sources

This one is tinted orange but is only $7: https://www.amazon.com/Router-Bit-G...s=Router+bit+guard&qid=1556582209&s=hi&sr=1-7

A little smaller kind of yellow tint, about $6: https://www.amazon.com/Router-Bit-G...rd_r=ZCSQ2BZ2410SCM734Y17&qid=1556582317&s=hi

JessEm's clear bit guard in the pix is available direct from the company, about $10: https://jessem.com/products/bit-guard-for-mast-r-fence-ii-rout-r-fence-mast-r-fence
 

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