Router tables have become a staple in home woodworking shops. But for most of us, it's still a hassle to raise and lower cutter height as we fumble around below the table to make time-eating adjustments.
That began to change about seven years ago when Darrin Smith at JessEm Tools introduced Rout-R-Lift--the first device that brought through-the-table height adjustability to router tables. Smith's insert plate replacement spawned a raft of imitators, and even inspired router makers to rethink height adjustments on their tools. Today there are no less than a dozen router lifts on the market. And the price range has broadened as well, with lifts costing from $170 to $430. So what do you need to know before you drop that kind of dough?
Learn the results of our testing of the Bench Dog ProLift; JessEm Mast-R-Lift, Rout-R-Lift, and Rout-R-Lift FX; Jointech SmartLift Digital; Rousseau Router Lift LS; Woodhaven EZ Lift; and Woodpeckers PlungeLift, Precision Router Lift, Quick-Lift, and Unilift when you pick up the September 2006 issue of WOOD magazine and turn to page 74. Or you can download the review for only $4.95.
Editor's Choice Top Tool: Jointech SmartLift Digital
Editor's Choice Top Values: JessEm Rout-R-Lift FX, Woodpeckers Quick-Lift