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Forum topic by treeman posted 08-03-2009 05:13 PM 4432 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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treeman

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08-03-2009 05:13 PM

I’m planning to build a new router table in the near future and want to build one that includes a good router lift. As I looked at the various lifts; the one that I kept coming back to was the Woodpecker PRL-V2 . I like what I read about it and the fact that it has a quick release for above table bit changes. It also has toolless micro adjustment and appears to be well built.

I would really like some hands on feedback from someone who has used this lift on how well it performs.

The main things I am concerned about are:

Does it hold height firmly once it is set?
How much backlash is in the lift mechanism?
Does it stick or hang when raising or lowering?
Do the insert rings sit flush with the surface?

Any information you could provide would be greately appreciated.

Any comments about other lifts either pro or con would also be helpful.


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#1 posted 08-03-2009 06:18 PM

I have the V2 in my table and lo ve it. I had the Quick-Lift before it and liked thqat as well. I jsut really like the combination of the PRL mechanism with the Quick-Lift and the new thumbwheel fine tuning. Very nice piece.
I have a full review with lots of photos and a video at the link beoow if more info would be of help.

PRL V2 Review

-- Tom Hintz, www.newwoodworker.com

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#2 posted 08-03-2009 07:23 PM

Tom,

It sounds like you really like the lift. Seemed like a very comprensive review that addressed most of my concerns.

I really like the looks and features of this live so that is definitely the way I am leaning at the moment.

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#3 posted 08-03-2009 08:41 PM

Woodpeckers makes great tools that stay great for a very long time. I don’t mind paying for that kind of quality when I know I can depend on it pretty much forever. Time is too rare in the shop to waste it messing around with something that doesn’t work right!

-- Tom Hintz, www.newwoodworker.com

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#4 posted 08-03-2009 08:44 PM

I think Woodpeckers nailed it with their PRL-V2 giving you both the precision and the quick release feature. if it wasn’t for the $$$ price tag (which all router lifts have) this would be the one I’d get.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 08-03-2009 10:06 PM

That looks so sophisticated.Such a well designed product . I made my own by milling a sheet of 1/2 inch aluminium plate and milled it myself it’s a perfect fit on the table I made for it next to my table saw ,and I also designed the router lift mechanism myself ,which is very basic in comparison with this design, however it works well and I am pleased with it.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#6 posted 08-03-2009 10:14 PM

Alistair – I’m designing my own lift mechanism as well (also basic, but should be functional) – can you post yours? I’m very curious to see how you did it? Thanks.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#7 posted 08-03-2009 10:34 PM

I have used the QuickLift 420 for a little over a year now (they didn’t have the PRL V2 when I went shopping). I love the fit, finish and function of it. I bought the Woodpecker (and paid a premium for it) because it looked much sturdier than my second choice. The PRL V2 looks even beefier!

I find it real interesting that the nitpickin’ I could do on the QuickLift they have totally taken care of on the PRL V2.

First, the scales on mine are printed on; tho they haven’t worn off in a year of use, it is only a matter of time. Engraving the scales into the plate is very nice. I always use the scales to adjust the fence to the centerline of the router bit and it is always dead on!

Second, the helper spring on the quick lift handle is perfect! I never adequately anticipate the weight of the router and it always drops on me a little when I disengage the hold. I may add the spring and/or rebuild my quicklift handle to accomodate this.

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

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