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Offline edwarmr

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Jessem Pow-R-Tek Router Motor
« on: June 21, 2022, 11:14 AM »
For those who saw the recent post about Jessem factory seconds at a discount, you probably also noticed Jessem discovered some Pow-R-Tek Routers that they still have available.

https://jessem.com/products/pow-r-tek%E2%84%A2-router-with-remote-control-box

Many had speculated that this was the same router motor or at least the same manufacturer that Bora and SpinRite use and I can now confirm that this is the case from an email with Jessem customer service.

Email from Jessem:
"Thank you for your interest in ordering products from JessEm Tool.
The Pow-R-Tek routers we currently have on sale were recently found in our facility.
They are in original condition from the Chinese manufacturer.
This is the same manufacturer that makes SpinRite and Bora routers."
« Last Edit: June 21, 2022, 11:19 AM by edwarmr »

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Offline edwarmr

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Re: Jessem Pow-R-Tek Router Motor
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2022, 11:16 AM »
I also inquired if Jessem would have a new version of the Pow-R-Tek Router in the future and received good news; they will!
Hopefully this one will work better.

Email from Jessem:
"The Pow-R-Tek router was offered as a discount just to clear the inventory from our warehouse.
 
JessEm Tool does have a new router being designed by our owner Darrin Smith. It will be manufactured in China by the same company that makes the SpinRite and Bora routers.
However, since it is being designed here, we will be better equipped to answer technical questions and stock any replacement parts that may be necessary.
 
That new JessEm Tool router is expected to be ready for sale in November/December of this year.
Once we have more concrete date for availability, postings will be made on our web site and other social media platforms."

Offline Bob D.

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Re: Jessem Pow-R-Tek Router Motor
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2022, 02:37 PM »
Anyone know if the current Pow-R-Tek router has a magnetic switch?

I read the manual and it can shut itself down if overloaded and you need to manually reset power moving the switch from On to OFF then back ON, but it does not say what happens in a power failure/outage.

My current router switch is a magnetic switch and I would want to give that up but I like having the speed control right there on the control box and not have to fumble under the table to adjust the speed. Too often I just leave the speed where it's at rather than be bothered bumping it up or down a notch. If I'm mounting a big bit or such then I do make the correct speed selection.

I know it's not really difficult, but I like easy what can I say. :-)

If not and there is a new model coming out I hope they incorporate that feature plus an ER20 collet.
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Offline edwarmr

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Re: Jessem Pow-R-Tek Router Motor
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2022, 02:01 PM »
@Bob D.

From what I’ve been able to find I do not believe it is a magnetic switch. Their Pow-R-Tek switch that they sell by itself is not magnetic. Hopefully they will add that feature on the new one coming out.

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Re: Jessem Pow-R-Tek Router Motor
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2022, 03:49 PM »
@Bob D.

From what I’ve been able to find I do not believe it is a magnetic switch. Their Pow-R-Tek switch that they sell by itself is not magnetic. Hopefully they will add that feature on the new one coming out.

I emailed JessEm and that is what they told me yesterday. I suggested that they consider adding that feature to the new version under development along with an ER20 collet.
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Offline ewils91

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Re: Jessem Pow-R-Tek Router Motor
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2022, 04:05 PM »
I have one of the originals, the power switch is not magnetic and will power the unit back on after a power interruption without user input.

I have had nothing but problems with my unit and unfortunately, received the worst customer support from Jessem that I've received from any other company that I purchase products from. I historically bought Jessem products, and they were top notch, so I didn't hesitate to spend almost $2,000.00 on one of their premium router tables. Unfortunately, the way I was treated by them when seeking help for a router motor that had less than 15 minutes of actual run time has me buying from other companies. Basically, the motor just died making a fairly small cut. Just wanted others to know so they can make educated choices.

Offline edwarmr

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Re: Jessem Pow-R-Tek Router Motor
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2022, 04:14 PM »
@Bob D.

From what I’ve been able to find I do not believe it is a magnetic switch. Their Pow-R-Tek switch that they sell by itself is not magnetic. Hopefully they will add that feature on the new one coming out.

I emailed JessEm and that is what they told me yesterday. I suggested that they consider adding that feature to the new version under development along with an ER20 collet.

Thanks for confirming!

Hopefully the new version will not have the same problems the last one had. It’s a great idea if they can execute it right.

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Re: Jessem Pow-R-Tek Router Motor
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2022, 07:25 PM »
If not and there is a new model coming out I hope they incorporate that feature plus an ER20 collet.

Some variations of this motor have the external speed control, the original had an internal speed control and it was a disaster with an extremely high failure rate.

If you want an ER20 chuck on a spindle any CNC spindle will do the job and a water cooled spindle will be a lot less noisy by a huge amount. The speed is controlled by a Variable Frequency Drive which is a very robust method and the motors are way better built. There are complete kits that can be bought which includes the spindle, VFD, water pump and a full range of chucks. Considering that a CNC spindle is meant to run for long continuous periods of time the use we give it in a router table is very light and won't stress a spindle at all. I installed one in a WW school and it has had daily use for some years now with no signs of failing.

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Re: Jessem Pow-R-Tek Router Motor
« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2022, 08:57 PM »
What lift so you use for a spindle mounted in a router table.

Will it fit in my Woodpeckers PRL-V2 ? I believe I would need an adapter of some sort.

Most 2.2KW spindles I have seen for sale are 80mm which is much smaller than the 4.2" OD of the PC7518.

A water-cooled spindle could be a problem in the Winter. I don't heat the shop all Winter and it doesn't
get below freezing in there normally but our Winters are mild with temps not dropping below 20 that often.

I think I would opt for an air-cooled spindle because I don't run the router for more than 15 to 20 minutes
at a time. I have 240V power available at the router table so that would be an option, but I know they are
available in 240 or 120 volt versions.
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Offline Mini Me

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Re: Jessem Pow-R-Tek Router Motor
« Reply #9 on: June 24, 2022, 08:38 AM »
I made my own lift, I think I posted a photo of it recently in a similar thread. Lift and DRO cost less than a hundred dollars. I just had a look and can't find it but I was sure I had posted it, dementia must be setting in! Anyway I haven't got the photos any longer so here is a link https://www.woodworkforums.com/f20/router-table-using-linear-rails-lift-227354
« Last Edit: June 24, 2022, 08:54 AM by Mini Me »

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Re: Jessem Pow-R-Tek Router Motor
« Reply #10 on: June 24, 2022, 12:13 PM »
I do remember seeing your post here about the lift you built now that you mention it.
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