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Cosmicsniper

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1086 days ago

Received my new PRL-v2 router lift last month. This is the Bench Dog version which is slightly smaller than the regular version and fits into my Bench Dog table extension on the TS.

After finally getting the lift wrench, which they failed to pack with the lift, I’m ready to have some fun, right?

Well, actually no. I have to level and hold down the plate.

The problem is that, despite the instructions that came with it, there are no side plungers that are supposed to hold it in place. Neither are their any matching holes for lining up to the Bench Dog table.

I contacted support at Woodpeckers and the lady told me that, yeah, you kinda have to devise you own way to hold the plate down! She told me that they don’t sell many of these and that Bench Dog holes are inconsistent. She was nice about it, but ultimately zero help. I’d have thought that the lift would be predrilled just like my Rockler FX was (yes, I know Rockler owns Bench Dog), especially since it’s specifically modified for the Bench Dog in the first place.

Anyway, does anybody here have the Bench Dog version of the lift and how did you do it? Or, does anybody have suggestions? I’m sure I’ll have to drill, tap, and countersink holes, the way the Rockler FX is, but I want to check if there’s other solutions?

BTW, I could probably drill from underneath the table, but the preexisting Bench Dog holes are all tapped.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com


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Bertha

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#1 posted 1086 days ago

Wow, that’s surprising. I’ve got the BenchDog extension table but I use a router with a built in lift. I would probably be looking to retap the existing holes, but I dont’ always do the smartest thing. It should be pretty simple to drill them out larger and retap. You could then use bolts from the underside to level and maybe loctite them? Am I visualizing this right?

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Cosmicsniper

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#2 posted 1086 days ago

Al:

Yes. That wouldn’t be too big of a deal, then I could tap holes in the underside of the plate, trying my best not to drill all the way through the plate.

I can use the existing Bench Dog set screws to do the leveling, so no problem…but the first time I tried using the lift wrench I realized that I might have a problem! Gotta be able to hold it firmly down against those screws. Push/pull, you know!

FYI, the lift does have 2 holes on both the top and bottom edges that could be tapped…however, the over extend the actual, thin lip of the Bench Dog, so I can’t make use of those.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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John Morrison

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#3 posted 1083 days ago

I have the identical setup that you describe.
I use a Milwaukee 5625 in the PRL V2, and have not had any problems.
My lift sits flat in the Bench Dog extension, and it has no tendency to lift up.
I must be missing something here. Does your lift rise when you turn it on or use it?

John

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Cosmicsniper

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#4 posted 1083 days ago

John:

Thanks for the response.

Three issues with not being able to lock it down to the table:

1.) The Bench Dog leveling screws vibrate loose when powered on since there is nothing to snug it tight from the top side. I can fix this with Loctite, though I consider this a less than ideal solution.

2.) I don’t like the entire lift rising when I use the lift wrench. Now, it’s not too big of a deal if I’m careful with how I do it, but I don’t always want to do that…especially since play in the plate will eventually work the Loctite on the leveling screws loose.

3.) When I spin a large panel raising bit, and or I take too big of a pass at once, the lift can kick up and make for a less than optimal cut. I think it definitely needs to be bolted down, if only for that reason.

I was just curious how others might have solved this problem before I go drilling holes in my beautiful, shiny new plate!

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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