I’ve always liked Woodpecker tools – they’re well thought out, well made, and made in the US. I don’t have a router table, but I saw that Woodpecker has come out with a new router lift – it has a crank that can go on the side of the table. The second drawer holds all of the items necessary to use the router station, including the various plate rings, collets, wrenches, Incra templates, and other items. I was told by a friend of mine that most of the router lifts are made by the same company. The router fence and saw fence will not get in each others way and is near enough to the front edge for comfortable working and in most cases the saw fence will not even need to be moved. A full set of 8 insert rings (Woodpeckers #TLRSET) is available that allows sizing the hole to fit a huge number of bit diameters.
The micro adjustment is great and the lift pops up on the table for easy bit changes. Throughout testing, the PRL lift mechanism was easy to operate and the fine thread made hitting very small changes simple. As far as the OP goes, I have a Bench Dog lift and love it. Got it used, so its not one of the ones thats been produced after Rockler took over (some people say quality went downhill after that). There are few things worse than a router lift which allows for height creep under operation.
I can really see how having the Woodpeckers Mitre Clamp set mounted to a jig would give a very good result. Haven’t used it on a big project yet, only made a few test cuts but I’m delighted and very impressed with the way the lift is made and how well it works. I have the fixed base installed in my homemade router table, and I can use the T-shank through the top to raise/lower the unit. MLCS just came out with a lift that is kinda neat as it has the lift handle coming out of the side instead of the top.
This improvement eliminates the need for a crank handle to make fine router bit height adjustments. As far as the router goes, it is fairly easy to remove the adjustment screw, but you would only want to do that if the router is dedicated to the table. The heavily-sized quality materials and super precise machining mean the PRL will be the last router lift you will have to buy unless your standards take a downward turn and replacing it with a lesser unit seems like a good idea. Having read all the positive press about Woodpeckers I expected it to be in the same category but i am terribly disappointed.
The bent wrenches allow above-the-tabletop installation of router bits, which is a very nice feature. I chose the Woodpecker unit because it was compatible with my PC insert bushings I already had. The Woodpeckers PRL-V2 Precision Router Lift delivers the ultimate in router lift performance and technology. The old Master Lift Excel had a carriage to hold the router which contained three principal parts to clamp the router body in place – in the new version of the lift, the same component is of one piece, carved from a block of aluminum billet.
Unfortunately there were some hold ups at Jessem’s end in the production of the lift mechanisms – actually the problems were with a supplier who anodizes their parts, who had got the color wrong on a batch of components. This new router lift features the proven robust construction of the Precision Router Lift combined with the near instant elevation changes of the Quick Lift. Augments basic router plate capabilities with a bulletproof lift mechanism and an impressive array of time saving, precision enhancing features that are accessible from the top of the plate. We do supply the Incra Mast-R-Lift II and are expecting our largest Woodpecker delivery this week.
All you need to do is remove the red outer cap, remove the brushes, seperate the case from the rotor (this lifts the black plastic plate from the rest of the router) and remove the screw, then reassemble. This alone is worth the price of admission but add up all the additional features together and this may be the last router lift you will ever need. I like it the lift as my Porter Cable 7518 weighs a lot and this plate/lift can handle it no problem. I don’t have four corner clamps the same, so ended up using both the corner adapter on the Quick Grips for to corners, and the Woodpeckers Mitre Clamp Set for the other two.
I recommend either the JessEm router lift ‘Rout-R-Lift’ or the Woodpeckers router lift ‘Unilift’. Festool USA does not pre-approve the contents of this website nor endorse the application or use of any Festool product in any way other than in the manner described in the Festool Instruction Manual. I really like some of the one’s I have seen with acrylic router plates, I’m just concerned with it flexing.
I added a storage system for the collets for both the Milwaukee router as well as my portable routers found in the shop. My one and only complaint about the quick lift is that I do not have the option of an under the table adjustment. One lesson that Jessem is taking forward involves a recognition that the bulk of past quality control issues centered upon the assembly of their products, not the manufacturing of the parts.