Recently there have been some good prices on top notch lifts. The Woodpecker PRL version 1 is (was?) being closed out at 199.95. It is a tank, and I love it. It is set up for the PC 7518, but you can get an adapter to fit other motors. There was also a Jessem lift for about 129.95. It was the Asian knock off of their US built lift, but many say they work fine.
I agree on building your own table. Be sure to build it at least an inch thick. I used two layers of 3/4" MDF and covered with some laminate. Be sure to have a good grid under it to keep it flat. In fact, start with that, and use a hole saw to cut a hole for the biggest router bit you plan to use. Bolt the router in it, get or make a decent fence and play. When you are ready, get the lift you want, if you want one, and you can still cut the opening out for it where your original hole was. That way you won't have to start over.
I also have the Incra router fence, and it adds to the repeatability factor, but it is expensive and not for everyone. I think you could get a nice set up for 750 or less. Jim.
Last edited by Jim O'Dell; 09-20-2010 at 11:41 PM.
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