I am in the middle of outfitting my garage shop and am looking to
purchase a router lift to go with the PC 7518 I bought. I have done a
bit of research on Google and the web and have narrowed it down to the
Woodpecker PRL (or maybe the Unilift) and the Benchdog Prolift Max.
What is anyone's opinion of these two.
I like the precision and the chain drive on the PRL, but teh heaviness
of the cast iron construction of the Benchdog is definitely a plus.
The only thing I really have against the Benchdog is the 1/8" per
turn. And the PRL has two thread columns instead of just one like the
Any help deciding between the two would be appreciated.
I got the PRL from Woodpecker at the Orange CA wood working show about a
year ago and it's great. I have a 7518 in it also. The lift is very heavy,
solid and smooth. I wondered if the cast iron would make for a better lift
back then also, but now I completely doubt it. This thing does not flex.
I also wondered about the 16 TPI vs 32 TPI that the PRL is available in.
They had both in the booth at the time and Aaron (Woodpecker demo guy)
dropped a slight hint which I'm glad I picked up on. Get the 16 TPI. When
you need that last 1/32" adjustment, a half turn will give it to you just
fine. You'll be glad you did about the 10th time you go to crank the bit up
to change it and drop the new one back down.
Did I mention it's heavy, and I had to park the truck a long way away from
the show entrance?
Kevin in Bakersfield
I've got a 7518 in a 16TPI PRL and love it. There is absolutely NO
backlash in the lift mechanism, which is more than I can say for their
main competition at the time of my purchase. It's solid as a rock and
I've never had any trouble with it whatsoever. Keep in mind that there
are newer lifts on the market since I bought my PRL.
I got the PRL back before they had the 16tpi threads (thus I have the
32tpi threads). It's rock solid, has zero backlash or racking, and is
truly accurate to 0.001" vertically. In fact, it's so solid I
recently had to take it apart to clean it because the accumulated gunk
tightened it up a little more - which made it nearly impossible to
crank. Them's close tolerances!
The PRL feels like cast iron when you pick it up too. Just because
it's aluminum doesn't mean it's wimpy.
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