Scott... to tell ya the truth, I have found having the speed adjustment on the outside just real nice to have. Makes making adjustments on the fly really easy. But like with most things in here, you will find those who like remote control and those who think it is an unnecessary expense/feature to have. I personally didn't make up the setup I use, I got it from an outfit in chicago, Day company. A good guess (and this is only a guess) is that the setup I used, is pretty much what was used by Milwaukee as factory for the old 5626 remote controlled units.
AS for a lift, I went with the PRLv2 (woodpecker/incra/incremental tools sells em, and they are finally starting to go on sale for a decent price). the lift is just flat out excellent!!! Again, you'll find alot of varying views of who has the better lift, and those who dont like em to begin with.. *L*..different strokes I say!!!
This stuff is a blast once ya get going!!! *S*