Tool Test: Router Lifts
Above-table adjustments and bit changes are just the beginning
Synopsis: Changing router bits and adjusting the height are two things you’ll do a lot when using a router table. Both tasks can be frustrating, requiring you to reach under the table for bit changes or unlock it for height adjustments. And you may struggle with accuracy. The solution is a router lift with a router motor clamped into it. With a lift, you can raise and lower the motor to make bit-height adjustments from above the table. There is also enough vertical movement to get the collet above the table so you can change bits without removing the motor. We tested seven lifts side by side to see which were the most convenient and accurate. Models tested include Excalibur 40-125, Jessem Rout-R-lift IIV, Bench Dog 40-150, JessEm Mast-R-Lift II, Rockler Router Lift FX, Woodhaven EZ Lift, Woodpeckers PRL-V2.
No matter what job you’re doing with your router table—profiling…