Router Lift


I recently bought a Porter Cable router for my table. It is the 3 1/4 HP monster (I don't have the model number with me). I am interested in getting a router lift for it. What do the users in rec-land have?
Grant
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I have a Jessem table, fence and lift. I am very pleased with it. I had to buy an adaptor to use the Jessem Mast-R-Lift with my Bosch 1617 because the lift is designed to accept the PC 7518 with no adaptor.
George Bame Norfolk, VA
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I have the PC7518 with a Mast-r-Lift works great no problems Joey
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joey wrote:

Ditto.
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I have the Woodpecker's PRL (32 tpi) with the 7518's motor in it (no adapter needed), works great.
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I have mine in a Bench Dog table with a ProLift and it is predrilled for the PC 7518. The ProLift is expensive but the direct drive "Acme precision ground lead screw" is what sold me on it. It works great and Bench Dog makes a plate to turn my PC Portable Spindle Sander into a table top model too! Robert Smith
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I the Benchdog wins the prize of heaviest, stoutest and tough as nails. All of the top end lifts run close to $300. If you go to Amazon and price match against Tylertools and use the current $25 off, you can bet the benchdog for $287 delivered.
If you want to watch your budget, get the router raizer. You still have to buy a mounting plate for your table. Total driveout will run you around $130-$140.
Bob
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I've very happy with my Benchdog. Got mine at www.routerbits.com
You can run it up and down with a drill and do the fine adjusting with the provided handle.
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One of them offers a choice of 16 or 32 pitch adjusting screws. Is there any reason to go with the 32 pitch? Adjusting cutter height by 0.001 just doesn't seem like something that's useful with wood.
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Roy I bought the 16 pitch, just after it became available. I don't see any reason to adjust the height any closer than .001 accuracy, which is what I can do by going between the hash marks on the dial. There is no backlash in the chain drive, so it's easy to set the height dead on. Being an impatient type, I wouldn't want to wait 2X as long to move the router up and down for changing bits. As it is, I have a cordless Makita drill dedicated to the PRL.
Dave
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The Benchdog has a scale on the adjusting screw as a reference. You'd be amazed at how precise you can be. No, you don't need a 32 pitch
http://www.routerbits.com/cgi-routerbits/sr.cgi?1114827620_26639+808
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Your motor in the benchDog in this example:
http://www.patwarner.com/images/bdpwf.jpg
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On Fri, 29 Apr 2005 09:03:02 -0500, "Grant P. Beagles"

I have the 3.25HP PC monster but I don't have a lift(...yet). I take the motor off the base at the end of the day, just like I drain my air tank at the end of the day. When I looked at router lifts, they seemed too expensive of a feature to add to my router table. Perhaps some day I'll find a smooth car jack and use that as a lift.
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For about the price of a lift or less you can buy a Triton router and it has a built in lift with above the table bit changes.
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Precision Router Lift from Woodpeckers. I run a small production shop with this lift and a PC 3 horse router.
After 3 years hard use one of the lift screws jammed. Woodpeckers repaired it for free in 48 hours.
-Owen
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Hey Grant,
I have the PC 7539 mounted to a Precision Router Lift ($289) from Woodpeckers. You can't beat it for easy setup and repeatability! Both are awesome tools!
Here's their website in case you're interested:
http://www.woodpeck.com /
Good Luck! Ed
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Thanks all for your input. I still haven't decided, but I have some direction now!!!!
Grant
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