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Forum topic by eddy posted 02-28-2012 12:10 PM 3801 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-28-2012 12:10 PM

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i am looking to upgrade to a router lift in my table. i have been looking at the woodpeckers side winder 350
price is not bad at about $250.00. i dont want to spend muck more than that as i will have get/make a new table
the table i have now has a opening of 9X12
there are a lot of choices out there i hope i can get some help
thanks eddy

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#1 posted 02-28-2012 10:49 PM


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#2 posted 02-28-2012 11:46 PM

Hi eddy,
I’ve heard good things about the woodpeckers lift. My table has a Mast-R-lift by Jessem. Here is the one that they are selling now. It’s only $179.

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#3 posted 02-28-2012 11:58 PM

Have you looked at the Incra Master Lift II? It is made for Incra by Jessem and has feature unique to Incra that I really like…in addition to everything else…the metal insert rings. You can easily raise and lower the bit height with one finger…

I have 2 of these lifts and they are geat. I use one with a Bosch 1617 router for smaller work and the other has a PC 7815 router in it for heavier work such as paeel raising..I only have one router table but is is easier to just switch the lift with the installed router than to change out the routers when needed from just one lift.

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#4 posted 02-29-2012 12:16 AM

I have used a Woodpecker lift with a 3 1/4 Hp Porter Cable router motor for almost 9 years and have had excellent service with both.

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#5 posted 02-29-2012 01:25 AM

I have a PRL, which I use with a PC 7518, and a Side Winder 350, which I use with a PC 690. I recently purchased the side crank assembly for both of them, which works great on the 350, but I haven’t had as much success with the PRL. After cranking the PRL and Sidewinder up and down for several projects w/o the side crank assembly, I really like the side crank assembly and heartily recommend it. I originally purchased most of my Incra tools through Woodpeckers but now buy direct from Incra / Taylor Design, which is now local for me. Both Woodpeckers and Incra are reliable vendors that I have dealt with extensively. Both vendors, Woodpecker’s and Incra, have high quality tools (except for Woodpecker’s router table with mobile base).

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#6 posted 02-29-2012 02:15 AM

i am leaning towards the woodpecker side winder 350 mounted on a incra table saw extension

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#7 posted 02-29-2012 07:40 AM

I tried one in my Benchdog table saw extension and found out that with my RA, rheumatoid arthritis. I finally decided that I am going to buy the Jessem Mast R Lift II.

The one I tried before that was Woodpeckers PRL-V2-350 Precision Router Lift V2 which alerted me to the problem with the fine height adjustment due to my RA. I sent that back after mounting my router and trying to adjust the bit height.

Choosing one can be a difficult choice because there are so many different ones out there. What is curious about my research, before I bought the Woodpeckers PRL-V2-350 Precision Router Lift V2, is the relationship between Woodpeckers, Jessem, and Incra as they seem to share some designs and even parts! I would welcome an explanation of this relationship if anyone has one to offer.

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#8 posted 02-29-2012 05:39 PM

The 350 doesn’t have the thumb wheel for fine tuning like the PRL 2…

I think that’s what makes the PVR 2 the best out there…

If you want the sidewinder feature that’s even more…

-- Rick

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