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Hi Everybody, I'm a new woodworking enthusiast wanting to put together a great shop for doing small woodworking projects. I just bought the Jet ProShop table saw and the cast iron Bench Dog extension. I'm weighing the pros and cons of putting the router extension on the left or the right of the saw blade. Also, agonizing over the Pro-Lift vs the Woodpecker PRL-V2. Last question: is an entry level 650 CFM collection system enough for small projects? Thanks-glad you guys are here
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Welcome. I'm a newbie too and have similar questions to yours. I'm just barely in the planning stages of turning the garage into my workshop. I have to get some electrical going first, which is taking more research than I had expected.
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Also, agonizing over the Pro-Lift vs the Woodpecker PRL-V2.
Welcome to the forum. I have not used either of these lifts. However, I just purchased the PRL-V2 (it arrived yesterday). I briefly looked at most of the lifts available. When I came across the PRL-V2 I didn't have to look any further.

This is why:
  • The PRL-V2 has the precision of the PRO-LIFT, but the PRL-V2 has the quick lift
  • The PRL-V2 has a tool-less thumb wheel for fine adjustments
  • The price of the Pro-lift and PRL-V2 is identical. However, if you are not using a PC 7518 you have to shell out another $30 bucks for an adapter if you go with the PRO-LIFT.
  • The PRO-LIFT comes with only one insert plate, the PRL-V2 comes with three.
  • The PRL-V2 has 11 available insert plates ($40 for the whole set), the PRO-lift has only 5 available insert plates ($35 for the whole set)


Hope this helps. I can't wait to use my lift. I have got to make a new table top first.
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I also am a novice but I must be a novice from the stone -age. What in the world is a pro-lift or a woodpecker prl-v2. Never about this annimal. Could someone enlighten me ?
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I also am a novice but I must be a novice from the stone -age. What in the world is a pro-lift or a woodpecker prl-v2. Never about this annimal. Could someone enlighten me ?
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I've studied the shots of the V2 and am very puzzled. Assuming the thumb wheel is at the front of the plate as shown, why on earth would the starting pin be on the out-feed side of the cutter?

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1. Having attached my Bench Dog iron wing extension to my Jet table saw I have a question into Jessem as to which of their fences will fit this set-up. I would ultimately like to use the Jessem fence with their MiterSlide. Does anyone else have this set-up? Anyone with the bench dog unit? Does anyone have an alternative set-up to recommend?

2. Also, I've heard a rumor that the discontinued Jessem Miter Gage had some accuracy issues with the brass pins. Can anyone confirm or deny this?

3. Can you give me a general education about how CFM translates into real world needs. Or recommendations on a reasonably priced approach to dust collection. I have a couple of foredoms as well as a festool, colt, dremel routers with which I use the festool Ct22 and it works great keeping small debris away from small carving projects. But I'm lost in this new arena of table saws and table mounted routers. Thanks
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I've studied the shots of the V2 and am very puzzled. Assuming the thumb wheel is at the front of the plate as shown, why on earth would the starting pin be on the out-feed side of the cutter?
Harry, if you look closely at the picture you can see there are 4 threaded holes in the plate into which the pin can mount.
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Check out this site for dust collection information. Bill's Cyclone Dust Collection Research - Home Page

I didn't go as large as he recommended as I couldn't afford it, but did get a 2hp Harbor Freight dust collector. I also built a thien baffle The Thien Cyclone Separator Lid w/ the Thien Cyclone Separator Baffle to help keep the chips and most of the dust in a can before it hits the dust collector itself.

If you have a Harbor Freight near you, the collector I bought is on sale again for $179 in the ad, but there are coupons available that have it for $139. So far I have been very happy with it and the only change I want to do is go from a top bag filter to a real round filter that goes down to 1 micron or less. I have the bookmark for it somewhere, but just got told it is time to log off
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