Anyone using a Jessem FX / Rockler FX router lift? Jessem makes them both
and the Rockler one has a smaller plate to fit its router tables.
I did find a couple of gushing reviews:
I DAGS with only two hits here -- both by people considering getting one?
The last ISO info was posted 3 months ago so I thought I'd start the
info-trolling this time. Anyone get one for Xmas? Any hands-on reviews?
TIA. -- Igor
I have one, bought it last summer. I thought I'd posted results, must
be getting forgetful.
The FX is a nice tool and mine works great, but I had 2 non-working ones
before I got this one.
On the first one, the aluminum pieces that grip the router were bent in
the area of the latch such that I thought that they might slip and let
the router go loose. Dealer replaced it 'no questions asked'. He
opened a couple more in the store for me to look at. The next one I
looked at had movement vertically (when it shouldn't have). Slop in the
bearings, or the shafts weren't tight to the plate. The third one was good.
When I got it home, I discovered that the holes for the leveling feet
were not drilled and tapped all the way through, and it was impossible
to put the set screws in. I contacted Jessem and they sent me some new
screws, gave me details on the thread and I tapped the holes.
Since then it is a joy to use. Definitely worth the money, and good
support from Jessem. You might want to buy from a local dealer if
possible to avoid having to return ship the unit if you get one that is
out of tolerance.
Anyone else notice these problems, or was I just lucky?
I have the Jessem FX (with a Makita 1101) in a Norm-style router table.
I love it, but I honestly have nothing to compare it to other than
hand adjusting the depth which was painfully slow. I can't think of
any way to improve the FX other than shortening the insertable crank
shaft an inch or so to make cranking slightly faster (I guess I could
just saw it off myself).
On a related note, I put my Makita in the table because it is very
quiet and I never liked its plunge mechanism; I use a Bosch for actual
plunge routing. The Makita, however, is slightly smaller than the
other router bodies (3.25" versus 3.5", I think), so if you go with
Makita, you are stuck forever. If you go with the larger (standard) FX
model, I wonder if you can simply add a rubber gasket and put a Makita
in it, preserving an option for later changing routers.
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