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peter oxley

16 August 2017

well engineered but

This is a well engineered bit of kit but. It suffers from a few design flaws which should be addressed. Firstly the lift is raised and lowered by inserting an allen key handle
through a female slot this is ok as the female allen slot is a through type and any sawdust simply falls through to the floor. The locking mechanism uses the same handle but
this is not a through type which clogs up with sawdust which is compacted every time you use the key. I had to remove the lift from the table several times to unclog this. My solution was to epoxy a male allen key into the slot make another handle with a female end to operate the router lock. This works great and should have been thought of by the designers. Secondly because the 4 threaded bolts are exposed they are subject to the ingress of fine sawdust thus locking up the lift. I had to practically totally dismantle the mechanism to clean it when it all of a sudden completely locked up on me and I couldn't raise or lower the lift. Even with excellent extraction this is still a problem
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Mike Johnson

11 May 2016

Brilliant

After using this lift for the last nineteen months, it has transformed the way I use my table, so much easier than my previous Triton table, unlike the previous reviewer I have not had any problems with seized bearings, even thought my table lives in a damp barn the unit still lifts with no effort, I would not hesitate to buy another if needed.
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Mike Johnson

1 November 2014

Update needed

Axminster need to update the universal sub-base to include more modern Routers, I bought this thinking my Hitachi M12V2 would fit, as the M12VE does, but no chance, come on Axminster you need to get with it on this excellent piece of kit.
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Richard Dear

14 July 2014

UJK Router Elevator

As previous reviewer stated there is a problem when mounting a Makita 3612 and possibly any other plunge router that has larger handles on each side. Yes you can orientate the router from front to back rather than side to side but if you intend using an under table dust extraction housing which I am, then you can't. I've now removed both side handles but one of the handles has the power control switch in it, so I've now had to screw this to the body of the router further up and around so that it avoids the chain drive. This now makes the router dedicated to the table. I found the Makita easy to mount to the elevator, the manual tells you the 2 holes to use, but I also managed to pick up 2 further ones to provide a bit more security. have had no problems with screw lengths as previous reviewers stated. Note: the elevator does not come with any fixing screws so check out the download manual on the website before ordering to find out what screws you will need. Other than the problem I've stated above, this product looks well made and seems to operate smoothly and easily. I've still to test in operation as I'm still building my router table set up.
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David Brinklow

6 June 2014

502701 - UJK ROUTER ELEVATOR

While reading an article in Fine Woodworking it brought the advantages of the Excaliber Router Lift to my attention. When comparing that product sold in the USA to this one, it appears to be pretty much the same product. That said, I am very pleased with this beautifully engineered product. But, saying that, the universal fixing plate leaves a bit to be desired in that the holes do not line up with my Makita 3612 router, and it needed adapting because I could only pick up 2 of the 4 holes. The other 2 holes I managed to use were for the bush retaining clip. But, like in the other review, I had to grind off the top of the bolts, but only 10,000ths of an inch, in the booklet it recommends you remove the handles, which doesn't make sense because on most modern plunge routers the handles are moulded to the body. In order for the handles not to interfere with the chains, the router needs to be turned at right angles to the router elevator, which gives you another problem, that you have to put the elevator into your router table, then turn it upside down, and then fit the router from below, which is rather awkward, eg on your knees and only 3" space to get your hand in to tighten the Allen set screws. It's then equally difficult to turn the table back up on its feet. The downside of turning the router at right angles is that it really ties up your router permanently to the table. You will need a router collet extension (1/2" shank) because your cutter won't reach through otherwise. All that said, it was awkward to fit, but I am delighted with it and highly recommend this product. Note: it comes with 2 countersink set pins and a bolt with a nylon collar on it. I had to go on the Excaliber website to discover what they were for because there is no mention of their function in the leaflet. The bolt with the nylon collar on it is the starting pin when using the router without a fence, and the 2 bolts are if fitting to a cast iron table.
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Rob Stoakley

12 January 2014

UJK Router Elevator

This is truly outstanding bit of kit from Axminster and will transform the way you use a router in a table. It's beautifully engineered and is a delight to use. However there are one or two tiny niggles that are worth bearing in mind. I use a Trend T11 router in it (which is no doubt a popular choice) and on closer inspection after dis-assembling the elevator for a bit of TLC, I noticed that the underside of the handle casing on the switch side fouls the jockey wheel, so a few minutes spend with a file on the aluminium router handle was enough to provide clearance. Also, the bolts heads required to hold the router to the plate will need to be ground down quite thin and there's very little clearance. Lastly, the excellent locking mechanism has a blind hole directly underneath the orange router plate and after a while it becomes almost impossible to locate the cranked lever in the hole as it gets blocked with dust…a quick wiggle with a sharp pointed implement (such as a bamboo BarBQ skewer) through the hole to loosen the dust and then the use of a vacuum will see the locking mechanism restored to 100% efficiency.

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