The Rockler Pro Lift Router Lift
If you’re like me, then you probably like it when your heavy-duty router lift wins awards for innovation and convenience. Well, we’ve got great news for all you woodworkers who demand ease-of-use and flexibility from their tools. The upcoming Rockler Pro Lift Router Lift features two new innovations. Both speed up bit changes and height adjustments, as well as offer easy-to-use insert rings. As a matter of fact, these new patent-pending designs have already caught the attention of Wood Magazine, who has already offered the router lift the 2018 Innov8 award. “This router lift solves two common router lift problems: slow height adjustments and difficult-to-use insert rings,” the Wood editing team has explained. With these kinds of accolades, we expect the Rockler Pro Lift to blow our minds when it finally ships out later this month.
What Does The Design Team Have To Say About The Rockler Pro Lift?
“Changing router bits in a router table has always been a slow process and usually requires specialty tools or messing with tiny screws. With our new patent pending Snap-Lock inserts and Quick-Gear lift mechanism, you can change bits faster than ever.”
-Dan Wenning, Rockler’s Director of Product Development
Rockler Pro Lift Router Lift Highlights
The Rockler Pro Lift will feature an exclusive Snap-Lock mechanism. The benefit of this feature comes down to its ability to remove any special tools or tiny mounting screws from the equation. Basically, the Snap-Lock pops out the anodized aluminum insert ring with the push of a button. Once you’ve changed out the bit, the insert ring snaps back into place. No muss, no fuss!
It also features a two-speed gearbox. Apparently, this is a first for router lifts everywhere, as Rockler has patents pending for their Quick-Gear lift mechanism. It allows for faster height adjustments. But don’t get alarmed out of turn, because Rockler has also included a fine-adjustment dial as well. In fact, Rockler claims that the Quick-Gear lift will move the carriage 4 times faster than the fine-adjustment dial, allowing for quick adjustments and bit changes. They’ve included a speed-wrench-style hand crank that works with both dials.
The Rockler Pro Lift Router Lift will come available in two plate sizes. The 8-1/4″ x 11-3/4″ will fit Rockler and Bench Dog router tables, while the 9-1/4″ x 11-3/4″ will fit into other router table openings. It will come with one Snap-Lock insert ring with a 1-1/2″ opening, but more sizes will be available separately.
It also features an anti-backlash mechanism to avoid downward creeping, and users can engage a lock knob for sustained routing on large jobs. Hex keys are included, as well as a starter pin for template routing.
Rockler has designed the Pro Lift for heavy duty applications. It comes with bronze bushings, a 3/8″-thick machined aluminum plate, and they have sized it to fit 4.2″ diameter router bodies. Adapter collars are available as well. The Rockler Pro Lift Router Lift will ship at the end of March, and both models will retail for $369.
For more information about the Rockler Pro Lift Routing Lift, check out the Rockler company website.