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I am starting to look into which router lift to go with for my mobile work station. My plan is to keep my Dewalt DW618 router for manual routing and purchase a Porter Cable 75182 (motor only) to leave mounted under the table. 

I have looked at all brands but am not sure which one to go with. The models I have been considering are as follows:

Woodpecker PRL-V2

Incra Master Lift II

JessEm Mast-R-Lift II

MLCS PowerLift Motorized router lift

Kreg PRS3000

Any info on personal experiences, gripes, groans, or accolades would greatly be appreciated. They all seem to built pretty well. Thanks for your time.

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Thanks Michael. Thats great information. The MLCS lift is really nice considering it isn't much more than the average lift price out there.

Evan,

I took a look at all of the lifts that you listed.  That MLCS has some wonderful possibilites with the motorized lift.  One of the problems with the JessEm is that I sometimes need to make a height adjustment and something prevents me from accessing the dial for the crank....maybe a feather board or some such thing.  The motor solves that issue.  Also, the possibilities with fluting by raising the bit into the piece.......yup, that's the one, IMHO!

I have an Incra fence positioner.  Couldn't live without it. I can move the fence .005" reliably and easily.

Can't you still go under the table to adjust the height?

Ted W. Broussard said:

Evan,

I took a look at all of the lifts that you listed.  That MLCS has some wonderful possibilites with the motorized lift.  One of the problems with the JessEm is that I sometimes need to make a height adjustment and something prevents me from accessing the dial for the crank....maybe a feather board or some such thing.  The motor solves that issue.  Also, the possibilities with fluting by raising the bit into the piece.......yup, that's the one, IMHO!

I'm not sure about that.  I don't know how you would do it.  My PC7518 router motor is secured in the lift bracket.  One thing for sure is that the MLCS makes it very easy to do height adjustments.

I thought they may have provided a secondary means of adjusting. I use a Freud 3000 with a built in lift and on the occasions the above table access is blocked, I just go underneath and use the ones intended for handheld. Hmmm, makes those sidewinder versions more attractive, little chance of burying those. That motorized version from MLCS will only take a 3.5" motor which leaves out all the 3 HP stuff.

Ted W. Broussard said:

I'm not sure about that.  I don't know how you would do it.  My PC7518 router motor is secured in the lift bracket.  One thing for sure is that the MLCS makes it very easy to do height adjustments.

Just ran across this, somebody may be interested

http://www.brettwood.com/inc/sdetail/1427/1426

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