The Rout-R-Lift II shares the same basic design as the Mast-R-Lift II but uses more economical materials and a lighter construction.
The 3/8" × 9 1/4" × 11 3/4" phenolic insert plate has perimeter grub screws for levelling. CNC machined from solid aluminum, the router carriage travels on 5/8" guide posts and is operated by a 3/8" diameter spindle that rotates within a double-sealed bearing.
Height adjustment is provided above the table by a removable crank; each full rotation of the inset micro-bezel moves the router bit 1/16" for precise control, and the scale allows you to fine-tune adjustments to a resolution of 0.001" by interpolating between graduations. A spindle lock prevents the height setting from changing due to vibration and operates with the same crank.
To ensure easy router carriage travel, the guide rods are mounted into deep sockets that have large-diameter bases, creating a rigid structure that resists racking. The lift positions the router collet above the table surface when fully raised, giving easy access for quick, convenient bit changes. The aperture has a 3 7/8" major and 3 5/8" minor diameter to accept large-diameter bits and JessEm's insert rings.
Bearings are double sealed to resist dust infiltration for long life, and the aluminum parts are anodized for corrosion and wear resistance. Includes hex keys for adjustment/router installation, an insert ring with a 2" opening, an insert wrench and a pivot pin. Made in Canada, there are five versions of the Rout-R-Lift for different router models.
The lift is available by itself or in sets that include a table top and the JessEm Mast-R-Fence III, with or without a stand.
The table top is solid phenolic resin to provide a low-friction surface and dimensional stability, and is a generous size at 3/4" × 24" × 31 7/8" overall. Made in Canada, it has an inset extruded aluminum combination miter groove/T-track that accepts jigs with 3/4" runners and 1/4" hardware for mounting fixtures.
The 36" long by 3 9/16" high extruded anodized aluminum fence is straight, rigid and easy to position. It has two sub-fences made of hard maple, a thick phenolic base, and an upper T-track marked with a metric/Imperial scale for mounting jigs or other accessories as well as direct reading relative to the cutter, an adjustable bit guard and a 2 1/4" vacuum port. It mounts to a bracket at each end of the table that has an Imperial/metric scale for direct reading relative to the cutter. Tall clamping knobs give ready access for making adjustments. Split for effective dust collection, the maple sub-fences can also be offset with shim rods for jointing or to eliminate sniping when machining full-thickness profiles. To provide stable support during cross-grain routing, the optional JessEm Mite-R-Slide II (sold separately) travels on bearing-mounted acetal rollers that glide along the integrated T-track of the JessEm Mast-R-Fence III.
The 36" tall heavy-gauge powder-coated steel stand has cross-braces for extra tabletop support and levelling feet for uneven surfaces.
- The Porter Cable 690 model fits routers with a 3.5" diameter motor, including Porter Cable 890, DeWalt, Bosch 2HP and Craftsman
- The Makita 2HP model fits routers with a 3.218" diameter motor like the Makita 1101
- The Milwaukee 2HP model fits routers with 3.32" diameter motors, including the Milwaukee 5615
- The Ridgid 29302 fits routers with a 3.625" motor