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Question Router Lifts: Incra SWHD vs. Incra PRL-V2

Can anyone tell me the difference or relative merits between the following two Incra router lifts:
Incra INCRA SWHD - Woodpeckers Side Winder HD Router Lift with INCRA MagnaLOCK Rings versus Incra INCRA PRL-V2 Lift - Woodpeckers PRL-V2 Router Lift with INCRA MagnaLOCK Rings.

Other than the hand crank on the Incra SWHD (and $70 higher cost) versus the thumbwheel on the Incra PRL-V2, is there any real difference between these two router lifts? Is one superior to the other, or is it simply a matter of personal preference of hand crank vs. thumbwheel?

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Hello Allan, welcome to the community...

You pretty much got it right when you suggest the only real difference between the two is price and the hand crank option. I have the PRL-v2 and love it. Mine has a little bit of slop in the thumb wheel adjuster but nothing I can't live with!!!! Given the chance to buy again, I'd go with the hand crank. If for only for 2 reasons. When making adjustment to the thumbwheel, you're working pretty close to the bit. So the unit really should be turned off where as the handcrank can be mounted well away from the working surface. This will depend greatly on the design of your cabinet. Be sure to look at the PDF"s that woodpeckers has to give you a good idea of what kinda room you will need. Secondly with the thumbwheel you have only about 3/4" travel then you need to reposition the router up or down. With the thumbwheel you have unlimited travel in either direction....

either way, its a great router lift. You couldn't go wrong with either one.

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Hello Allan, welcome to the community...

You pretty much got it right when you suggest the only real difference between the two is price and the hand crank option. I have the PRL-v2 and love it. Mine has a little bit of slop in the thumb wheel adjuster but nothing I can't live with!!!! Given the chance to buy again, I'd go with the hand crank. If for only for 2 reasons. When making adjustment to the thumbwheel, you're working pretty close to the bit. So the unit really should be turned off where as the handcrank can be mounted well away from the working surface. This will depend greatly on the design of your cabinet. Be sure to look at the PDF"s that woodpeckers has to give you a good idea of what kinda room you will need. Secondly with the thumbwheel you have only about 3/4" travel then you need to reposition the router up or down. With the thumbwheel you have unlimited travel in either direction....

either way, its a great router lift. You couldn't go wrong with either one.

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Thanks for the clarification, Bill.

I was just looking at the Jessum Mast-R-Lift Excel II, which appears to have a massive crank handle and direct drive axle for lifting the router. Any opinion on the Jessum vs. the Incra?

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Alan..

the Jessem unit's handle is in a fixed position on the right side of the table. I don't believe that it can't be relocated to any other spot where as the PRL's crank can be pretty much positioned anywhere you want as long as its within the cable's range of reach...

I can't give ya any first hand knowledge of the Jessem unit but i will say that based on Jessem's reputation for quality and from what I've read, it would be one fine setup...

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