The whole point of a router lift is to make it easy to quickly and accurately adjust the height of a router. Most router lifts are pretty accurate, but sometimes adjusting them isn’t a quick as it could be. Generally you have to use a special tool for the top of the table to adjust the height. Woodpeckers’ new Side Winder Router Lift uses a flexible cable and crank that can be mounted within easy reach to quickly raise or lower the router.
The lift fits a standard 9-1/4″ by 11-3/4″ by 3/8″ deep router plate cutout. You clamp the lift from the bottom and can mount the crank on the side of the table. The lift allows you roughly position the router with a 1/4″ turn of the lift wrench. Then you can position the bit with the crank, which raises or lowers the router 1/32″ per rotation. Conveniently, the lift has enough travel so you can raise the router above the table to change bits.
Woodpeckers sells two different lift models — one for 3-1/2″ diameter routers like the Porter-Cable 690 series, and one that can be adjusted though the use of motor pads to fit a variety of different-sized routers. The fixed sized lift will cost you $260 and the adjustable size lift will set you back $360.
Side Winder [Woodpeckers]