advice needed........older FX router lift vs newer PRL lift

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Forum topic by floridagramps posted 01-20-2011 11:14 AM 2817 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-20-2011 11:14 AM

I currently have an older Woodhaven router table, with PC890 and find height adjustment and bit changing to be quite a chore. I have been researching router lifts and am very impressed with what I read about new PRL and Jessum products.

Did a search on CL and found a local guy selling comparable router table with PC 3.25hp router and FX lift. He’s asking $375. Sounds like this could be a good oppty to upgrade at reasonable cost.

-- florida/maine gramps

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#1 posted 01-20-2011 02:36 PM

I have an older Jessum and I love it.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#2 posted 01-20-2011 03:28 PM

The original Woodpecker lift, the PRL, is being discoutinued and the remaining inventory is on sale for $199 (reg $299). It is a great lift and this is something you may want to look into.

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

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#3 posted 01-20-2011 03:48 PM

For $238.98 you can buy a NEW Triton 3 1/4hp router with its own lifting system.

Here is the lifting system in my router table extension.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#4 posted 01-22-2011 09:17 PM about $1,000, a bit pricey, but I’m in love with my Bench Dog ProMax RT, ProLift, and PC7518. Fully raised, the collet is about 2” above the table, so swapping bits is easy. Also, the the large cast iron top provides really nice stability, with zero discernable vibration.

-- Pete -----

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#5 posted 01-22-2011 09:50 PM

I have Rockler FX and really don’t like it. You cannot rely on the vernier height adjustment because of the amount of slack you have to take up before it engages. A Wixey height gauge is almost a necessity.

But my dislike is chiefly because the plastic inserts have to be shimmed a TON to get them level. This is nothing new in itself (many systems are like that), but not to that degree (six layers of masking tape for shims). Plus, they sag toward the bit. Likewise, your local Rockler won’t have the inserts (on line only).

Mine is so bad, I can’t get good joints when using my Incra LS, particularly when I do half-blind dovetails and have to do the rabbited back in the pins…it catches the insert every time past the bit.

I will be upgrading my lift to something with magnetic inserts that snap in flat, probably a PRL or other gold shiny thing that matches the Incra. :)

-- jay,

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