This is info for those owning the Woodpecker's PRL.
I have had the PRL since Dec 2002. The elevation system has
operated smoothly, if a little snug, until recently.
Saturday it got to the point that I had to use quite a bit
of force to turn the handle. I removed the PRL from the
table and loosened the chain adjuster to determine what part
was binding. I found the drive sprocket to be the culprit.
It was tight where it protruded through the surface plate. I
disassembled the sprocket attaching hardware, making sure
the chain and other sprocket did not move. I had to use a
socket wrench and mallet to get the sprocket out of the
plate. I put the sprocket on a 3/8" tee handle hex wrench
and chucked it in my drill press. I used a piece of emory
cloth and a block of wood to sand the journal so it slides
in the plate with no resistance. I only had to sand about 2
or 3 thousandths off of it.
I think the sprocket was a little snug to start with and
operating it over time may have produced enough heat to
expand it. It works even easier and smoother now than when
it was new.
Incidentally, I found that using a speed handle and 3/8" hex
socket wrench works better that the crank supplied with the
Good posting. However, you could help the group by defining PRL
(Precion Router Lift" and spelling Woodpecker correctly. That way when
we do searches your informative post will come up. Most people would
never thing to search on Woopecker or PRL.
Sorry for the nit-picking....
Ouch -- I deserve that.
My complaint is that your posting, which I complimented you on, will
not show up in searches because the valuable keywords are misspelled.
Some words are more important than others. I don't care a diddley if
you misspell all the words except for those that one migh want to
search for, like router lift or woodpecker.
gud deigh tou yu tou.
decided to post "Re: Woopecker's PRL problem and solution." to
Approaching, but not quite reaching 'classic' status. The best I've seen
on Usenet was, in the middle of a flame war, OT-1 called OT-2 an "ideot".
OT-2 managed to "kurrekt" OT-1, and by the by, called "heem" "to stoopid to
The spalling was simply appaling! A coupla maroons!
I, for one knew what you meant, Frank, if it's any
consolation. In fact I have a 16 TPI PRL. Love it. One
time when I took it out of the table and removed the 7518,
the first time I went to use it again I couldn't adjust the
height. Somehow it got tweaked when I re-installed the
router. I loosen it up, retightened it again, and it's been
fine ever since. I'm glad I didn't get the 32 TPI version,
because I'm the impatient type; I use a cordless drill to
adjust the PRL's height. The reason I bought the PRL
instead of the it's top competitor was that there is WAAAAY
too much backlash in the adjustment mechanism, even though
they tout it as having none. (Never trust a salesman when
you can see for yourself that what he's claiming is as bunch
of hooey.) The competition uses a belt instead of a chain.
Had they used a true zero-backlash arrangement like the
PRL, I would have bought it because it is a much beefier unit.
Frank K. wrote:
I have the 32 TPI, Dave. I bought it before the 16 TPI came
out. I sometimes use a cordless drill only to raise the
router to change bits. Before I found and fixed the problem,
I used a 3/8" Milwaukee corded drill and spray silicone to
try to loosen it up. It was so tight, I almost smoked the
drill. I could smell it. I like the PRL for the same reason
as you. Incidentally, Woodpecker is sending me another
sprocket to have as a spare, should this happen again.
I have a 32tpi unit from spring 2003, and have had the same problem.
It was always a bit tight when cranking it. I never used the drill
approach as I have never been in that big of a hurry. I only takes a
few seconds to raise all the way. Needless to say though, it was
getting hard to crank by hand, eventually needing two hands to turn. So
I called them, and they were great. I just sent it in and they are
going to look at it and get it fixed/replaced. No news yet as it has
not arrived back home yet, but I am sure they will make it right.
It is a great unit and I sure hope this is not a recuring problem. The
lifetime warranty is sure an extra bonus.
Frank K. wrote:
<g> I DEFINITELy am a very impatient person regarding many
(not all--some things I have nearly infinite patience with)
things. I don't like wasting (by MY definition) my time.
For example, I hate waiting in lines, traffic, or waiting to
accomplish something that another method would speed up.
When it comes to repairing something or solving a problem, I
can work on it until it's resolved without feeling
impatient. That attitude helped me tremendously while
working in the automotive and computer fields.
I'm sure they will do a good job on it. I emailed
Woodpecker's about the problem and asked them to send me a
spare drive sprocket. I received it in short order. My
repair took about 1/2 hour and I was up and running.
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