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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful.
Incra Mast-R-Lift, an awesome time saver and worth the price!!!
By T. Wolfenden
I have been woodworking for many years now, and a router is a invaluable tool in the workshop. Everything from creating profiles to using it as a jointer to cutting dados and rabbits, the router is the tool. The one thing I ALWAYS hated was trying to get the desired height adjustment from my router mounted in my table saw extension wing. Not only did I have to bend down under the table to get to the cam lock lever that secures it to the base, but you needed two hands when adjusting it up or down... one to hold it in place and another to work the cam lock. This leaves no hand to hold a ruler to see if the height is correct. And most of the time, with the Porter-Cable router I have, the router would change heights when I tightened the cam lock. And with some router bits I could not adjust it low enough before it was coming out of the base.
Now with the Mast-R-Lift I have no more frustrations. I would have bought this thing years ago, but it seemed a bit too expensive for the amount of woodworking I do. Let me tell you... even if you only do one project a year that you need to use a router on, it is well worth the money spent for the aggrivation saved. No, you can't zero out the dial indicator as some have pointed out, but it is not all that necessary to do this and definitely not a deal killer. The micro adjustments that can be made are fantastic. One full turn of the height adjuster is 1/16" of an inch, so it's not difficult to find your "zero" and adjust your bit to the proper height.
As an example of saving time and frustration, the last project I did was a crib, changing table, and chest of drawers for my brother and his wife. I was at the assembly stage on the chest of drawers and a piece of trim which ran around the bottom of the cabinet that I had routed a profile on got messed up and was not useable. This piece had to mate to another piece at the corner with a 45 degree miter, so it really needed to come from wood that had all been routed at the same time so the profile height would be the same. With the Mast-R-Lift I was able to match the profile perfectly in a matter of minutes by making small height adjustments and checking it against the part it was mating to. I never would have been able to do this without this tool. I might have gotten close, I might have even lucked out and matched it exactly... maybe... but it would have taken forever and I might have just settled for 'good enough'. For me, just that one issue made the purchase worth every penny. Now I look forward to using my router table.
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful.
Another great product made in North America!
By Amazon Customer
INCRA and JessEM collaborated on this great router lift. I love it! It's well designed and raises and lowers extremely smoothly. I like the inserts, you can get them perfectly flush with the rest of the plate. Maybe the greatest feature is that you can adjust this thing to fit a vast amount of routers without additional parts. I have a 2 1/4 HP router in it now, but I could put a big 3 1/2 HP router in there with no additional cost!
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful. See all 52 customer reviews...
Solid Router Lift
By Robert Strasser
This is my second Jessem router lift. I know this has INCRA on it, but the guts are Jessem. I do like the magnetic inserts that INCA added to the basic Jessem. So I would by this INCRA model over the Jessem. My experience so far shows this lift stays with 0.003 inches of your initial setting. That is really good for my work.