|Forum topic by NBeener||posted 11-16-2010 11:09 PM||3086 views||1 time favorited||40 replies|
11-16-2010 11:09 PM
A couple months ago, I noticed that the Woodpecker Precision Router Lift, Version 1, was on sale—$130 off—$199, total.
For many months, I’d been eyeballing it, but … at $330 … it was WAY too rich for my blood.
For two hundred bucks, though, I jumped.
It was about a 13wk wait to get it, but it arrived yesterday. Today, I put it into my Kreg PRS2000 table, with the hulking Milwaukee 5625-20 router.
I only have initial impressions, so far, and they are … I love this thing.
The install was about a three minute process:
pull the old insert,
After that … the only things I did were to use the crank to run it up and down a few times, execute a (my FIRST) above-the-table bit change, and just get a feel for the adjustment mechanism.
I chose the 32tpi (finer adjustment, but slower) over the 16tpi (coarser adjustment, but faster). I’m not in a hurry, and wanted the tiny adjustments to be a little easier.
The crank mechanism moves the router smoothly, and with only a reassuring hint of resistance. The brake is a nice thought … in that … you don’t have to think about it, at all. It releases the moment you insert the crank handle to full-stop.
Once I fired up the Milwaukee, I immediately noticed what seemed to be an elimination of vibration that I’d never really noticed, before. In other words … my router always seemed smooth, but … with the heft and the stability that the PRL offers to the router … it just seems quieter, and more stable than before.
Having just installed my Wixey height gauge on my Ridgid R4330 Planer, I’ll probably set about to make the remaining UHMW setup blocks (3/8” and 1/2” thickness) for my glue-line router bit. That should be a pretty good test for both the height gauge AND the fine adjustment capabilities of the PRL.
My immediate impression: $200 really well spent. Very well built. Very thoughtfully designed. Initially, a pleasure to use.
-- -- Neil