Woodpecker Router Lifts
I have used the Woodpecker Offset Router Table, with a Fein RT1800 table mounted router with great success. I have used my setup for various types of operations from cutting dados, grooves, and raised panel operations, but I have found that I often need an easy way of doing mortising operations by raising a spinning bit from under the table into the wood above. I have recently seen the new electronic lift by MCLS, but I really would miss my Woodpecker fast lock plate inserts and its not clear how to change to plates to accommodate larger bits. I would welcome input on this new Lift if any of you are using it.
Have any of you used the Woodpecker V2 or Sidewinder lifts for mortising operations. Since I already have a Woodpecker Offset Table it seems like the way I will go on a lift, but there are several questions. I fully understand how these mechanisms are designed to accurately set bit height, but can the crank or micro wheel on the V2 be used for moderate mortising operations? Woodpecker sells a digital readout that would help control the height as the bit is raised. Are there safety concerns or something in the design that I am missing that would restrict using the lift in this fashion?
For those of you using either of these lifts, what Router Motor seems to work best? It seems the Dewalt 618 might give enough power to run winged bits for raised panel opertions as needed?