Rockler Wins Three 2018 Pro Tool Innovation Awards - Pro Lift, Convertible Benchtop Router Table and Lock-Align Drawer Organizer System Earn High Marks

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Rockler Woodworking and Hardware has won three 2018 Pro Tool Innovation Awards for the recently introduced Pro Lift router lift, Convertible Benchtop Router Table and Lock-Align Drawer Organizer System.

The Pro Lift, won in the Pro Tools "Cutting & Routing Accessories" category.

A desire to innovate drives everything we do, and it's really gratifying when our products receive this kind of recognition.

Rockler Woodworking and Hardware has won three 2018 Pro Tool Innovation Awards for the recently introduced Pro Lift router lift, Convertible Benchtop Router Table and Lock-Align Drawer Organizer System.

The annual awards recognize the most innovative tools in the residential and commercial construction industries. A panel of judges made up of tool and media professionals from across the United States and Canada evaluated nearly 300 tool entries from more than 60 manufacturers for this year's awards. Judges were looking for innovative features, advanced power delivery, groundbreaking ergonomics, technological advancements and value.

"Manufacturers are consistently improving their tools. Each year, however, some exceed the norms and develop products which truly deserve recognition," said Clint DeBoer, executive director of the Pro Tool Innovation Awards. "Business owners, builders, contractors and tradespeople really need to understand which products can help them work smarter and more efficiently."

The Pro Lift, which won in the "Cutting & Routing Accessories" category, drew praise from the judges for the fast, precise cutter-height adjustments delivered by the Quick-Gear mechanism and fine-adjustment dial. "Two speed adjustments let you raise your router quickly, then dial it into an incredibly precise height," the judges wrote. "Since you can zero the fine adjustment, you’re also able to maintain that high precision no matter what bit you have installed."

It was the second award this year for the Pro Lift, which earlier won an Innov8 award from Wood magazine.

Another routing accessory, the Convertible Benchtop Router Table, won in the "Stands, Tables & Bases" category. Judges highlighted its multiple mounting options and alluded to the specially designed baseplate, which locks into the table but can also be left on the router for handheld routing. "What our team really loves about Rockler’s Convertible Benchtop Router Table is how versatile it is to use on a workbench or install against a wall," the judges wrote. "Add in the quick installation or removal of your router, and you have a recipe for a pro-level, jobsite feel. All that at a price that’s within reach for hobbyist woodworkers and makers."

The Lock-Align Drawer Organizer System, which features cut-to-fit interlocking trays plus bins and dividers, won in the "Storage Organizers & Accessories" category. "Ever look at drawer organizers and wish you could change just a couple of things to suit your needs? Rockler solves the problem for you with their Lock-Align Drawer Organizer," the judges wrote. "You can customize your drawer—no matter what size it is—into the perfect space for screws or fuses or connectors or plumbing fittings or … well, you get the idea."

"We're very happy to have won these awards," said Dan Wenning, Rockler's director of product development. "A desire to innovate drives everything we do, and it's really gratifying when our products receive this kind of recognition."

The Pro Lift is available in two plate sizes –8-1/4" x 11-3/4" (52429) and 9-1/4" x 11-3/4" (55803); both are priced at $369.99. The Convertible Benchtop Router Table is available with baseplates drilled for compact or midsize routers; prices start at $199.99. The Lock-Align Drawer Organizer System Starter Kit (56117) is priced at $24.99; additional components are sold separately. All can be purchased exclusively at Rockler.com or at Rockler Woodworking and Hardware stores nationwide, as well as through the Rockler catalog. For store locations or a free catalog, visit http://www.rockler.com or call 1-877-ROCKLER.

About Rockler Woodworking and Hardware
Celebrating its 64th year as a family-run business, Rockler Woodworking and Hardware is the nation’s premier supplier of specialty hardware, tools, lumber and other high-quality woodworking and do-it-yourself products. Rockler has 37 retail locations in AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, MA, ME, MI, MN, MO, NH, NY, OH, OR, PA, TX, WA, and WI, as well as extensive catalog and internet operations.

To learn more about Rockler, please visit http://www.rockler.com or call 1-877-ROCKLER.

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