Festool rates their routers by wattage not horsepower. The OF 1010 is placed in the 1 ¼ horse sector, the OF 1400 is placed in the 2 ¼ horse sector, and the OF 2000 is placed in the 3 ¼ horse sector. Of all the Festool routers, the OF 1400 is by far the most versatile router Festool offers. 1400 watts converts to 1.86 hp. You may be asking yourself, ”Why should I buy the Festool router over the Yellow, or Grey tool?” To make a long story short, never be deceived by the hp rating other manufacturers place on their tool specifications. Historically, manufacturers will rate their tool at peak horsepower, and if you don’t have the amperage to deliver to the tool, your hp will diminish quickly. Festool routers actually run at their wattage; plus for
cryin-out-loud they are German engineeried and fabricated.Interesting article on Hp rating.
What’s Festool Junkies take on this you ask?
Reply: Dude, it’s a Festool!
I will say this though… If you are looking to put these routers into a router table, think twice; you have some options in this area.
The OF 1010 router is an AWESOME quick little router. Edge work, shallow grooving, dovetail machines, lighter duty, everyday stuff, this is the router to use. Please be advised that the 1010 DOES NOT have the collet to chuck-up a ½ shank router bit!
The OF 1400 router is by far the most versatile router from Festool! Is is big enough to handle anything you want to do; and, it is nimble enough to do delicate work. The 1400 can indeed handle a ½ bit, thus chucking up your favorite spiral bit and plunging into a piece of oak is no problem. The OF1400 is a KILLER ROUTER, and if you are only going to get one router, get this one!
The OF 2000 is the “mamba jamba” of routers. If you are into production, and deep mortising as in Mission Style fabrication, you must have this router. Suprisingly, this router is easy to handle and quite ergonomic. You probably won’t use this router much if you aren’t doing big, heavy stuff, but if you take it out of the case and use it, you will most certainly hit wood.
There is a woodworking adage that says; “you can never have too many routers”. FJ agrees. If you have the resources, get both the OF 1010, and the OF 1400 into your shop. If you only have the cash for one or the other, get the OF 1400.
-- Timmy C