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Im new here and am setting up my profile, but in the mean time, i had a question I'm hoping you could help me out with. I have a jessem mast-r-lift, and it is enclosed in a dust collection cabinet. so i can't get to the speed control of the router very easily. So i was looking at the external speed controllers, and they all say that they are not compatible with soft start or variable speed routers. So i was looking around, and i can't find a good router without these features. would anyone have any suggestions as to what routers I can use with these external controllers? any help would be greatly appreciated. THANKS!
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Hi Everyone,
Im new here and am setting up my profile, but in the mean time, i had a question I'm hoping you could help me out with. I have a jessem mast-r-lift, and it is enclosed in a dust collection cabinet. so i can't get to the speed control of the router very easily. So i was looking at the external speed controllers, and they all say that they are not compatible with soft start or variable speed routers. So i was looking around, and i can't find a good router without these features. would anyone have any suggestions as to what routers I can use with these external controllers? any help would be greatly appreciated. THANKS!
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The Porter Cable is the only one I know of that seems made for table and external speed control. Every lift I've looked at seems to be made as the default model with that power unit and then others if you don't want the PC.

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Honestly how often do most people change their router speed? Except for huge 3" raised panel bits I seldom reach under the table. I listen to the bit and if it sounds wrong I'll speed it up or slow it down. I have a speed control for a 2nd router that the internal one stopped working. But even with that one as easy as it is to adjust I usually leave it in one spot, and that is as fast as I can safely operate it.
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Do external router speed controls work with softstart routers? I have it in my head that they fight each other but am not sure that's necessarily true.

I think I'd focus on figuring out how to access the router rather than slapping on an external controller. If you are using a dust shroud that doesn't have a door, you could figure out a way to make it detachable. Clips or cam locks or even wingnuts might do it. Since, as art says, you don't change the speed that often if it's just a little inconvenient, it may not be that bad.

To get a better answer, you probably should post pictures of your setup with details like router model and such.
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