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Festool Reviews #1: Festool Router Purchasing Advice

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Blog entry by Tim Colwell posted 09-20-2007 04:30 PM 4466 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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



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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 09-20-2007 04:38 PM

as many here know, I don’t like routers! They have given me nothing but headaches and moments of fear. However, I do have to say that the Triton router that we picked up at a wood show last spring has given us (or I should say, “RICK”) no troubles. So, I have to say that I’m pleased with it.

I don’t know all about the techno stuff .. I just know that it works exactly as we want it to – without any headaches. Phew.

but I still hate routers … right up there at a close second to table saws.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Tim Colwell

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#2 posted 09-20-2007 04:49 PM

Indeed, yet another router that is outstanding performance wise. Like I stated in the original post; ”...If you are turning the routers upside down in a table…” there is not a better choice than a Triton!!!!!

-- Timmy C

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#3 posted 09-20-2007 04:57 PM

and that’s exactly how we are using it – go figure!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#4 posted 09-20-2007 05:00 PM

I’ve got a PC7518 in the table, a DW621 for most of my grunt work, but as my shop has much of the black and green stuff, the OF1400 is in the budget for next year. You can’t go wrong with Festool stuff, though my PC and DW routers are serving their role in stellar fashion. I also feel you can’t have too many routers.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 09-20-2007 05:02 PM

ha.. we have lots of routers—they are mostly all sitting in the corner reminding me of the grief they have caused.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#6 posted 09-20-2007 05:02 PM

Don’t tell anybody, but I have two upside down 7518’s in tables right now! shhhhhhh! Don’t make a German engineer angry!

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-- Timmy C

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#7 posted 09-20-2007 05:29 PM

my lips are sealed.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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