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Forum topic by jonlan posted 03-03-2016 01:21 AM 862 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-03-2016 01:21 AM

Im sure this is an easy one. Do plates or router lift plates fasten into the router table top?

I had initially assumed they did, but now Im wondering if its the weight alone that holds the router plate in place.

I tried to look up the manual for install a couple of router lifts but none of them seem to mention how they actually mount in the table. The screws that were in one that I had assumed were for mounting actually appear to be for leveling the plate.

If it helps – Im talking specifically about an Incra table and likely a Woodpecker PRL-V2 lift.


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#1 posted 03-03-2016 01:42 AM

I’ve got the original Woodpecker’s PRL lift + PC7518 router. Comments limited to that field of play…

The PRL sits in a rebate recess in the table top. The PRL has retaining ‘clips’ (well, I call them clips) that fasten to the underside of the plate and retain it to the underside of the top. The pressure from the ‘clips’ pulls the lift down securely into the rebate.

In ten years, I’m not sure I’ve ever used them… Perhaps when I first installed the lift… The lift with a PC 7518 weighs 20-25lbs, it it just sits securely in the top… Without the ‘clips’, it hasn’t budged a mm… Probably not best practice, but it’s what I do… Well to be honest, I probably lost them years ago :)


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#2 posted 03-03-2016 02:14 AM

Thanks – Clips sounds good. Im worried with the lit mechanism on the PRL-V2 actually lifting the plate out of the table with the quick lift tool. Im sure Im overthinking it.

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#3 posted 03-03-2016 06:31 AM

Gravity does a good job esp with the Milwaukee 3-1/2 hp monster router:

Invest in a digital height gauge and use the existing depth knob:

The plunge lock releases the plate and base instantly and gives total access to the powerhead & collet:


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#4 posted 03-03-2016 12:02 PM

Interesting, I’ve had 2 Woodpecker lifts and neither one had any clips. Mine are older models, maybe that’s something they added over the years. Both of mine have the little ball detents on the edge that presumably do something to hold it in, but after years of sometimes very hard use, I never had one pop out of the table. The current set up (which replaced an older Plunge Lift) is a second generation PRL with the Milwaukee 5625, I’m sure just the weight would be enough to hold it in.

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#5 posted 03-03-2016 12:52 PM

My lift also has the ball detents (forgot about that)...

Woodpecker’s does perform in-line factory changes… For instance, I sent my lift to the factory to fix a binding issue and it was returned to me in ‘like new’ condition—- stripped, sonic-bathed assembled and lubed. They also retrofitted a subsequent in-line enhancement (the chain lock mechanism)... Perhaps the clips were added at that time… It was so long ago, that I really don’t remember…

All I can say for sure is that they make a great lift and offer outstanding customer service…

I concur with a height gauge… Mine’s a Starrett diemaker’s square—so, in my case, digital would be a ‘nice to have’ and helpful when the eyes get tired… That being said, some accurate way to read height is important for table setups…

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#6 posted 03-03-2016 03:59 PM

Mine is new and no clips were included.

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#7 posted 03-04-2016 03:03 PM

Like I said, a retention mechanism is probably unnecessary with a lift and full-sized router (25lbs)... If you’re mounting a 960 to a plate (8lbs), something should probably be used…

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#8 posted 03-04-2016 06:17 PM

I have a MASTR-LIFT-II that I purchased on sale from Rockler a few years ago. I couldn’t pass up the sale for, if I remember correctly, about $230. Anyway, purchasing it through Rockler means that it has a “Rockler sized” plate instead of a “standard sized” plate. It came with clips for two corners, but they did not fit with the Rockler plate. So my Bosch 1617EVS has to hold it down, and it does a fine job of it.


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