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Thanks to the advice from folks here I have a stand, top and fence on the way. Now I need a router lift. I will probably put my DW618 in it. So my question is for a solid budget lift is the Kreg PRS5000 ($299) a better lift than the budget Jessem Router Lift 2 ($199). My table will use the standard 9 1/4 x 11 3/4 plate size.

So is the Kreg worth the extra $100 over the Jessem?

So there another option for a lift that I should consider in this price range?

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Thanks to the advice from folks here I have a stand, top and fence on the way. Now I need a router lift. I will probably put my DW618 in it. So my question is for a solid budget lift is the Kreg PRS5000 ($299) a better lift than the budget Jessem Router Lift 2 ($199). My table will use the standard 9 1/4 x 11 3/4 plate size.

So is the Kreg worth the extra $100 over the Jessem?

So there another option for a lift that I should consider in this price range?

Thanks,
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Jessem makes the Kreg lifts..
 

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A lift makes adjustments wonderful and much easier, accurate but keep in mind that buying a lift should include future plans. How long will the router last, is it large enough to do what I need? Point being the future gives few clues so being able to handle many possibilities is good if you can. I went down that road and came out $50 poorer but happy that was it. I sold my 1st barely used lift and replaced it with one that had the ability to fit most all routers. Yes I paid more but I now have a lift that fits a large range of routers both large and small. I bought the Jess Em Mast-R-Lift II Not sure if anyone else has a comparable design but they make excellent lifts.
 

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The Jessem Rout-R-Lift II is a phenolic top unit, works beautifully but is motor size specific, hence the multiple models

02310 Rout-R-Lift II For Use With: PC 690/890, DW 610/616/618, BOSCH 1617/1618, Craftsman 17540/17541/17542/17543(320-24604)/27680/28084/28190/320-27683 and some other 3.5" Motor Diameter.

02311 Rout-R-Lift II For Use With MAKITA 1101 (3.218" Motor Dia.)
02312 Rout-R-Lift II For Use With HITACHI M12VC-KM2VC (3.267" Motor Dia.)
02313 Rout-R-Lift II For Use With MILWAUKEE 5615/5616/5619 (3.32" Motor Dia.)
02314 Rout-R-Lift II For Use With RIGID 29302 (3.625" Motor Dia.)

The Jessem Master lift is a metal top unit, $100 more and accommodates all motor sizes:
Porter Cable 7518 (4.2” Motor Dia.)
Porter Cable 690/890 (3.5” Motor Dia.)
JessEm's Pow-R-Tek Router Motor - (4.2" Motor Dia.)
Bosch 1617/1618 (3.5” Motor Dia.)
DeWalt 610/618/616 (3.5” Motor Dia.)
Makita 1101 (3.218” Motor Dia.)
Hitachi M12VC & KM12VC (3.267” Motor Dia.)
Milwaukee 5625 (4.143” Motor Dia.)
Milwaukee 5615/5616/5619 (3.32” Motor Dia.)
Craftsman 17543/17540/28190 (3.5” Motor Dia.)
Rigid R29302 (3.625” Motor Dia.)
Portamate PM-P254 - (4.2 Motor Dia.)
 

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I bought the Jess Em Mast-R-Lift-II a couple of months ago and have nothing but praise for it. I looked at the Router lift 2 but as SReilly says the Router Lift 2 locks you into one type of router.
 

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I bought the Jess Em Mast-R-Lift-II a couple of months ago and have nothing but praise for it. I looked at the Router lift 2 but as SReilly says the Router Lift 2 locks you into one type of router.
See my post above - the Rout-R-Lift handles different router motors with multiple models vs. the Master for universal fits, at a $100 premium. Do the research...
 

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Bstrom gave a better answer than I did but bottom line is you buy the Rout-R lift based on the router you own now. You buy the the Mast-R-2 based on the router you have now and the one you may buy in the future
 
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Good Info

I appreciate the information. I kind of was aware that the Router Lift II was somewhat router specific but I don't know that I really processed that fully until I read some of these posts. I also am not sure I want a phenolic plate.

So having processed that information I don't think the Jessem Router Lift II is the way to go. So I guess that the Kreg for the extra $100 gives me the ability to use 20+ routers including the DW618 that I currently plan on using. And it has the alloy plate.
 

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Option from Europe: Sauer and Axminster/UJK

Hello, I am living in Denmark, Europe - and have been looking for a router lift but found it a little expensive to import from the US (where you have more to choose from in things like routers).
I found this German manufacturer: sautershop. com (ofl1.0)
There is also this British one, Axminster (brand UJK): axminstertools. com
Just to bring new players into the field :)
I have got the the cheapest Sauer (1.0), circa $400, and are adjusting my home made table to take it, so haven't got it up working yet but it looks solid.
The above mentioned Sauer and Axminster/UJK have different lifting solutions. Sauer lifts on one of the two rather thick legs (hope it works in the long run), the UJK with a chain around four legs (in principle maybe better but maybe with dust problems).
 

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