To coin an old phrase, nothing lasts forever. That’s certainly true in the woodworking products industry. Widgets come and go — even the really good ones. Recently we learned that Woodpeckers will soon discontinue production of their original Precision Router Lift model, and remaining inventory of these units isn’t expected to last long. To help clear the warehouse shelves, Woodpeckers has lowered the price from $329.99 to $199.99 — a value the company says it hasn’t offered since 2001.
The Precision Router Lift features a 3/8-in.-thick, Blanchard ground 9-1/4 x 11-3/4-in. aluminum plate. It’s fitted with dual-lift screws that have precision fine-pitch thread, enabling you to make router bit adjustments in intervals of .001 in. Two ground and polished lift posts allow the 2-in.-thick, heavy-duty motor carriage to slide up and down smoothly while remaining perpendicular to the top plate. It’s made of extruded aluminum; your router’s motor pack simply bolts inside. An automatic brake locks the bit setting, and the lift’s chain drive won’t slip or wear out. A speed crank facilitates above-the-table bit changing. Three aluminum Twist-Lock rings with various-sized openings accommodate a range of bit diameters. The Precision Router Lift fits a Porter-Cable 7518 router standard, or you can buy adapters to suit other router models including Milwaukee’s 5625, Porter-Cable 690/890, Bosch 1617/1618 and Makita 1100.
The discontinued Precision Router Lift includes a one-year warranty, and Woodpeckers says they anticipate having spare parts for several years. The company expects to ship your lift two weeks from the date you order it.