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Thread: Router Lift for Hitachi M12V

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    Question Router Lift for Hitachi M12V

    My current router lift is a JessEm that came with the Jet JTAS package I bought around 2001. It's a decent lift that has served me well, but I have to use angled wrenches to change bits. I'd like to update to a lift that will raise my M12V collet above the table. I've been reviewing several lifts online, but would like some input from real-life users.

    Thanks for the help, group!
    Bill Arnold
    Citizen of Texas residing in Georgia.
    NRA Life Member and Member of Mensa
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    Hi Bill - Sorry for the late reply. I have a Woodpecker Unilift which holds my Hitachi M12V2. This is a fine quality router lift. I am not sure if Woodpecker still makes them. I use an Xtreme Extension collet extension which raises the collet well above the table for easy bit changes. The Xtreme Extension uses an allen wrench to easily loosen the bit. I have used this set up for a number of years and have not experienced problems with run out or vibration.
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    Last edited by Pete Janke; 08-05-2013 at 04:49 AM.

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    Pete, thanks for your reply. I had thought about the extension device before, but kept having a vision of something like that getting loose and creating havoc. I know a lot of people have been very positive about them, but...

    Since I'm doing several updates to my shop, I decided to bit the bullet and order new lift and router. Incremental Tools had a good price on the Mast-R-Lift II packaged with a PC 7518.
    Bill Arnold
    Citizen of Texas residing in Georgia.
    NRA Life Member and Member of Mensa
    My Weather Underground station

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