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Forum topic by richgreer posted 09-15-2010 03:51 AM 2472 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-15-2010 03:51 AM

I just got an announcement about the new Woodpecker side winder router lifts. They come with a crank that mounts to the side of the table. You can use the crank to raise and lower the router. They are also offering the crank assemble to add on to some existing woodpecker router lifts (including the one I own).

For me, this is great news. I have their quick lift unit and I have one problem with it. I have a couple of jigs that cover the hole I need to have access to for inserting the crank. This side crank option means I don’t need to access to that hole.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#1 posted 09-15-2010 04:19 AM

Thx Rich, that is good to know. A guy can sink a small fortune into the best grade wood working equipment, can he? :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 09-15-2010 06:45 AM

Greetings Rich, I got that exact email tonight, and I won’t buy anything from Woodpeckers…They are way too high on their products, and I refuse to pay that amount for a router lift…....I’ve never owned a router lift, and probably never will….I’m not too lazy to bend down and make adjustments like I have been doing for years…
Not yet anyway, even with a bad back…..I don’t need technology that bad, yet….just my $.05.

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#3 posted 09-15-2010 07:11 AM

I got a email about that too. Let us know if you get one and how it works. I might need to order one of these new side winders. I love the name very fitting. Thanks rich for the info.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#4 posted 09-15-2010 03:47 PM

FWIW – I did used to think I did not need a router lift. Then I bought one. It’s not just about convenience. It’s about precision control. I have ordered the sidewinder upgrade for my Quick-Lift. It sounds like it may take a while to get here. I’ll provide a report when I get it.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 09-15-2010 03:56 PM

looks like a good accessory

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#6 posted 09-15-2010 04:17 PM

If you accept that a router table is needed, and I think a lot of operations are safer and more precise with a router table, then I am of the opinion that it needs to have a router lift.

I used a simple router table for years; mount the router from the bottom of the table, remove the router to change bits and adjust height by hand by pushing against the bottom of the router while I turned the ring. Feh! When I moved to a full size router table (ala Norm and NYW), I just knew there had to be a better way.

It was expensive, I paid more for the lift than the router I put in it, but I think it was worth it. The amount of time and frustration I have saved myself in the 2 years that I’ve owned my full-size router table and Woodpecker Quicklift more than makes up for the price of the lift.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#7 posted 09-15-2010 06:28 PM

I bet that will work very slick.

-- Mike

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