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Hi, folks - new here. I'd like to know if there's anyone here who's using a Woodpecker PRL-V2 with a Porter-Cable 690 in it who can answer a question for me.

The Woodpecker web site says that a collet extension or offset wrenches is required for above-the-table bit changes with the PC-690. I'm contemplating equipping the router with one of the PreciseBit precision collets, and the special spanner wrench that comes with it has a straight handle. So can an above-the-table bit change be done with just an offset wrench for the lower nut and a straight wrench for the collet nut itself? And if so, can it be done easily or does it take some contortions?

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I'll answer this question myself, in case someone else wants to know the answer to this question and runs across this thread while searching:

I went ahead and ordered the 350 version of the PRL-V2 and tested it with my PC 690. The answer is that bit changes above the table are practical and easy with one offset wrench to hold the lower nut, and a standard straight wrench to tighten and loosen the upper collet nut.

So if bit changes above the table are important to you and you want to use a Porter-Cable 690 with this router lift, go ahead and do it. I bought my offset wrench from Woodcraft and it's a well-made piece of gear - actually better made than the OEM wrenches that came with the router.

Having said that, I might as well mention that I actually purchased a Porter-Cable 890 for the table, for a bit more horsepower and even easier bit changes. I'll sell the PC 690 with my old benchtop table.
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I am getting the Woodpeckers router lift for Christmas. It takes the PC 7518 router. I don't have the router yet. I submitted a plan to my local granite store to mill the table top for me. I am looking forward to using that lift. It looks very well made. I hope it performs as well as it looks.
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