Is anyone using the Woodpecker Quick-lift? Specifically the model
QL350A. I have been looking to purchase a router lift and this seems
to fit my needs. I will be using it in my basement shop, no heavy
duty work. I would appreciate any info anyone can give me good or bad.
A heads up on where the best place to purchase would help too.
I can't comment directly on the Quick-Lift, but I can say that I've
purchased a number of tools from Woodpeckers and always been impressed.
I've used both their standard aluminum plate and Plunge Lift in my router
table. While pricey, both have performed admirably. Tom Hintz has a review
of the Quick-Lift that you can read here:
He'll probably respond to your thread before long.
As for purchasing, I've never heard of getting them from anyplace but
Woodpeckers directly. http://www.woodpeck.com
My Quick-lift is nice and works well -- NOW. However, there is a major
deficiency that I emailed them about. It's a real PAIN to start to lift
the router and have the WHOLE unit come out of the table. I fixed mine
by drilling & tapping studs into the unit from the bottom and afixing it
securely in the table with a hardwood bracket/bar.
To my knowledge they haven't addressed this serious defiency and unless
you are prepared to make the mods yourself I'd advise avoiding the item
like the plague.
Can you buy that lift cheaper than a router with the capability to make fine
adjustments when mounted in a table? Typically you can buy a router with
fine adjustment capability that does not need a separate lift for less than
Thanks for your response.
I currently have the PC 890 router which is supposed to have that fine
adjust capability. The fine adjustability is not very good. It takes
a lot of guess work to get it set. I guess what I'm probably looking
for is a fast and "repeatable" adjustment capability and the 890 does
not give you that - IMHO.
Maybe so, but how accessible is the find adjustment feature? One of the
useful facets of many router lifts with the adjustment facility is the
ability to adjust from above the plate without the need to fumble around for
some adjustment knob below the plate.
I'm guessing that there maybe some router brands with the fine adjustment
capability that have a hole in the sole plate enabling adjustment from up
top, but I haven't actually seen one yet.
The idea for the quick lift here is to let you quickly and easily lift
the router high enough so you can access the collet from the top and
make bit changes, then lower it back into the table. There is also a
crank on top for fine adjustments. But, with the quick lift you don't
have to turn it a thousand times to get the collet high enough to change
a bit then crank some more to get it back down. The unit works well
except that, as I wrote in an earlier response, Woodpecker neglected to
engineer in a way to make sure the whole mechanism didn't lift from the
table when the lift mechanism is used -- a rather simple thing to fix
but a pain that the buyer shouldn't have go thru.
With the Triton and IIRC the Milwaukee's coarse adjustments from full down
to full up is about a 2-3 second ordeal. Then you have the fine adjust knob
that you can twist from one to the other also if you want.
Two come immediately to mind. The 890 that the OP has and the 8529 that I
have (both Porter Cable). There are others. It is becoming one of those
features that, if you don't have it, you're behind the competition. Rockler
even sells a digital readout for the 8529.
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The plunging 8529 and the 890 appear to be pretty close in HP as well as in
price. Considering that you can buy a plunge base for the 890, is there any
particular reason why you've got both of them?
Well, if you screw a 8529 into a router table, it makes handheld operation a
bit difficult. In any case, I don't have an 890 (the OP said that he did
though) but I do have the 8529 and a 690. The 690 is actually the one that I
use in a table. Have a spare base for it permanently mounted and can take it
out and use it handheld in seconds. The 8529 is always used handheld. I also
have the plunge base for the 690. More routers and more bases means less set
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