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?
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.
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!
Grant P. Beagles wrote:
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
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
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.
Roy Smith wrote:
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
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.
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.
I have the PC 7539 mounted to a Precision Router Lift ($289) from
You can't beat it for easy setup and repeatability! Both are awesome tools!
Here's their website in case you're interested:
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