|Part Number||INCRA Mast-R-Lift-II|
|Item Weight||14.2 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||12 x 10 x 9 inches|
|Item model number||INCRA Mast-R-Lift-II|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||1 year|
INCRA Mast-R-Lift-II Router Lift
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- Exclusive INCRA MagnaLOCK reducing ring system (3/8-Inch, 1-Inch, 1-5/8-Inch, 2-5/8-Inch, 3-5/8-Inch) for instant ring changes and perfect ring fit
- Change router bits from the top of the table. Quickly make super precise, 0.001-Inch height adjustments from above
- 9-1/4-Inch x 11-3/4-Inch x 3/8-Inch plate size is compatible with all INCRA Router Tables and fits some other brands
- Exclusive ball bearing mechanism for super smooth action and low friction
- Patented thread tensioning system eliminates vertical lash in the lift mechanism. Ultra-responsive, direct drive 16TPI lift screw mechanism
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This new model uses an exclusive system with a total of 5 sealed ball bearings on the lift screw and cam lock, making it the smoothest, lowest-friction router lift we've ever used - we've actually cranked up the heaviest routers with just one finger. The quarter-turn cam lock is operated from the top using the lift crank to eliminate height drift. The previous generation was effectively bomb-proof, and we expect the new model to continue that reliability.
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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.
I purchased the incra version of the mast-r-lift solely for the fact that I prefer the magnalock inserts versus the traditional inserts that twist lock in place. I've used both, you don't want to twist lock rings.
I actually have 2 of these lifts and a woodpeckers sidewinder router lift. The sidewinder lift is identical to the prl-v2 but it has a side mounted crank as opposed to the surface mounted thumb wheel. I've never used the thumb wheel, but I am almost certain I would prefer it over the mast-r-lift's top side crank. This is definitely based on personal preference, but the fence on my router table is about 5"-6" tall. I find that if my fence is set into position it is difficult to use the crank handle that comes with the mast-r-lift as the crank doesn't clear the fence. In this instance, the thumb wheel of the woodpecker lift would prevail. Of course, not everyone has the same height fence. Also I understand Jessem offers a table/lift combo with a side mounted crank that would alleviate this hindrance.
The woodpecker lift has a special quick lift handle that disengages the threaded lift mechanism to quickly raise the router for bit changes. With the mast-r-lift you have to crank the handle about 40 revolutions to raise the router up to change the bit then crank 40 revolutions to lower the bit back to working height. It is a small complaint. Woodpeckers definitely wins in convenience but I feel Jessem has the upperhand in terms of durability. More about this at the end of the review.
On the woodpeckers lift, you can zero out the reference scale to make it easy to track how far up or down you move the bit. The reference scale on the mast-r-lift can not be zeroed but it is definitely easier to read.
On the mast-r-lift there is a lock that can be activated to prevent accidental height changes. This is a really thoughtful feature.
The mast-r-lift has 2 lateral adjustments to secure the lift in the table. For lack of better terminology, I'm going to call them tension cams. The tension cams apply lateral force to "jam" the plate in place. The woodpeckers lift uses a threaded rod mounted to the underside of the plate with aluminum blocks and knobs to secure the plate from underneath the table. I feel the woodpeckers method is definitely more secure.
The leveling method on each lift is identical.
The mast-r-lift has the built in option to mount a number of different routers. I have a milwaukee 5625 in one and a porter cable 7518 in another. With the woodpeckers lift, you need the correct set of mounting pads to accommodate your specific router. When my milwaukee 5625 went out on me in the middle of a time sensitive project I wasn't able to source another 5625 in short order. I had a spare 7518 and fortunately amazon had the mast-r-lift available with prime shipping because i don't have the porter cable pads for my woodpecker lift. Jessem definitely did this part right.
The lifting mechanism of the mast-r-lift is very robust and very well built. Without a doubt i feel it is much stronger than the woodpeckers lift. My woodpeckers lift actually quit lifting a few years ago. I contacted woodpeckers and they shipped out a fix promptly. Apparently the quick lift of the woodpecker lift has a couple wave washers and a cam nut. I was using the heavy milwaukee 5625 and the cam nut stripped out. Woodpeckers sent a new cam nut and a couple extra wave washers, since then I've had zero problems. Although the quick lift is susceptible to wear, as long as woodpeckers stands behind their product, i would consider the quick lift an almost mandatory feature on a router lift.
Overall, in my own personal preference, i prefer the woodpeckers lift due to the fact that bit changes are quick and adjustments to height are easy without having to use a crank handle that may or may not clear your fence. The rigidity of the mast-r-lift and the one size fits most approach definitely hold a lot of value. Your experience and preferences may vary and there are other options out there, but this is my experience with these two lifts, hopefully it helps.
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