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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?

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I think the microwheel would take a long time to adjust your bit to the mortise height unless you were doing a very shallow mortise.
I have in the past set the bit height and lowered the material onto the spinning bit with no problems. I have put stops on the table or just marked both sides of the bit on the table for the start and stop points. It's all according to the precision I needed.
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Thanks for the suggestion and welcome to the forum.
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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?

David

Hi David - just letting my mind wander a bit (probably shouldn't do that), I got to wondering if you could install the MLCS lift on the Woodpecker plate. Problem would be if it doesn't work out it would be a spendy lesson.

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Hi David - just letting my mind wander a bit (probably shouldn't do that), I got to wondering if you could install the MLCS lift on the Woodpecker plate. Problem would be if it doesn't work out it would be a spendy lesson.
I have no experience with the MLCS Lift, but I am sure there would be no gain in changing the plate to a woodpecker plate, other than the ability to use the woodpecker inserts. I ended up acquiring the Woodpecker sidewinder kit and it works great. In the original post, I mentioned mortising operations, which may have gave the impression that I was intended to cut mortises? Raising the bite through material to cut a slot using stops to control the length of the slot is easy. The safety factor is not an issue if taking smaller amounts of material out until the bit exits the top surface of the material.
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