Bosch 1619 router + Woodpecker lift
do you have any experience with the Bosch 1619 router and Woodpecker plunge router lift, please? I have been considering the purchase of one for my router. Is this combination robust enough for router table construction? How accurate is the lifting mechanism? Do you think the additional set of twist lock rings will be usefull?
Thanks in advance for you help, I have here in Czech republic no possibility to see and test it on the woodworking shows.
I have the lift but I am using a PC 7518 router. The lift is well worth the investment and the degree of control (I have the 1/32 version) is such that it can be dialed to a degree far beyond reasonable woodworking tolerances. Recently I have to mold about 350 liner feet of hardwood stock and took measurements pre and post. I could not mic any change in the cutter height setting. One caveat, the stability of the router table and damping characteristics plays a major role in how well the lift will hold a setting. On most tools without a lock-down, vibration will significantly contribute to changes in settings. I've had mine about a year and although there are less expensive lifts on the market I would not hesitate to buy one again.
Oh, regarding your question about the inserts, I have found that the three that came with the lift are adequate but I have chip and dust pick ups in the lower router compartment as well at the fence and my table surface is absolutely flat and flush to the mounting plate so the work can't dip or get snagged on the edge of insert. I have not experienced any difference in tear-out due to using an insert that is inordinately larger than the cutter head. But, if they ever have a really great special I will get the full set.
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