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Forum topic by BigMig posted 04-07-2021 10:52 AM 279 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-07-2021 10:52 AM

Topic tags/keywords: router lift router woodpeckers router lift wheaties router table question

Hey, y’all.
I have the Woodpeckers Router lift (PRL V2) and a Porter Cable 7518 in it. The micro adjust on the table top works very well. However, when I use the lift lever, it’s very jerky: I lift and it goes too far up. When I press down, it goes too far down. Have I eaten too many Wheaties, or is there something I’m missing about the lift and or its adjustments?

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA


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#1 posted 04-07-2021 11:25 AM

Make sure threads and belt are clean. I’ve had the same problem with various router lifts and generally it came down to crud in the lifting mechanism.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 04-07-2021 12:03 PM

I have the same issue. I’ve gotten used to it and I’ve learned how to control it.

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#3 posted 04-07-2021 01:11 PM

I have basically the same issue, and just deal with it. You can adjust the spring tension on the rod, which is supposed to help life heavier routers – maybe that would help?

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#4 posted 04-07-2021 03:31 PM

same here. I’m guessing the trade off is that if it were easier/smoother, than it wouldn’t be as stable while routing. Even without setting the lock, my 7518 never wanders when in use in the PRL V2. Can’t say that about other lifts.

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#5 posted 04-08-2021 12:41 AM

I have the same exact setup and mine did the same exact. What I found was that the two stainless steel columns were filled with dust and debris and causing it to gum up the movement. The two stainless steel shafts has a brass busing that is supposed to keep dust and junk out but, the smaller particles will eventually work its way in and accumulate causing the jerky issues. After I took them apart and cleaned it works great again. Another thing to look for if your lift gets really hard to move up and after the router has been running a while. The cause of that is over tightening of the router shoe. It should just be snug when tighten and not gorilla grip tight. HTH.

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#6 posted 04-08-2021 12:45 AM

Blow the dust and make sure you don’t have infiltration into the columns. I put metal tape over any open screw holes.


Note chrome tape on base in background.

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#7 posted 04-08-2021 04:48 PM

Thanks to Mark and everybody…I’ll take a close look this weekend.

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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