Fitting the Wixey Remote Readout to the UniLift

The UniLift precisely controls the height of your router bit, and by using a rule, or digital height scale you can get the height set very accurately, and also to change from one to the next.   To take it to the next level, you can also fit a digital height gauge with remote readout directly to the UniLift.  The Wixey Remote Readout can be used in other applications – wherever you have a linear motion (max 125mm) and want to have the position remotely displayed, to 0.5mm.

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Moving bracket

The first thing I did was determine where the unit was going to fit, given the specific router I have, and that I want to be able to remove and replace the entire lift with readout attached.  I fitted the bracket in a hole that is predrilled for this purpose, then bent it to the angle I required.

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Isolating Screws

The Triton router is quite electronically noisy, and as it has been found to cause some interference with the Wixey digital readouts, it is necessary to electrically isolate the mechanism from the router.  Plastic bolts, nuts and washers are provided for this.

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Wixey Sensor Fitted

I drilled a partial-depth hole into the underside of the router plate, and fitted the electronic rule (the green circuit board), and screwed the moving sensor to the bracket.  Now all that was needed was to plug in the Cat5 cable from the remote readout, and I had precise, digitally accurate relative height measurement for the router.

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Ultimate Table Upgrade Components

So here are the components I’ve added to continue the router table upgrade (shown in the tablesaw mount – I’ll wait for the Torque Workcentre fitting before inserting the plate into my recently machined cast iron router top).  It consists of the Woodpeckers UniLift, Wixey Digital Remote Readout, and the Pro Router Switch all from Professional Woodworkers Supplies.  The switch is a no-volt release 10A switch (so it doesn’t automatically turn back on after a power outage), with illuminated lights for the on and off switches.

 

4 Responses

  1. Hi Stuart,

    I am thinking of installing one of these on my router table but unsure if it will work. I have the bigger Triton router, Incra plate and a router raizer. So it would probably have to be attached just to the router. What are your thoughts on this?

    Cheers
    Nick

    • Hi Nick,

      Actually, I think it is quite likely to be able to work. It might need to be attached directly to the base of the router, but there is no reason to think it won’t work.

      • Cheers,

        I’ll send some photos when it is complete. BTW I am also currently making an adapter to fit the smaller Triton router to my radial arm saw, a poor man’s torque workcentre if you will. I’ll let you know how it goes.

        Cheers
        Nick

        • Nick, did you ever get this to work? I’m also thinking about getting a Wixey for my first generation TRA001 but I don’t have a lift.

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