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#1 posted 07-19-2011 05:36 PM

I own many of the tools you are considering.

I will second the recommendation on the OF1400. It’s a great, easy to handle, router. I also own an older OF 2000 (predecessor to the 2200) and I very seldom use it. I own 6 routers and my OF1400 is always my first choice for situations that require a plunge router.

I also advise the Rotex 125 as opposed to the 150. It’s easier to handle and it is all the sander you will ever need.

I don’t see the need for the big dust extractor. The midi works just as well. IMO – the only down side is that the midi will need to have its bag changed more frequently. That is not a big deal and the smaller dust extractors are more portable. I own both a midi and a mini.

The jigsaw is a great tool but it is not a replacement for a circular saw. I assume you do not have a table saw and a Festool plunge saw is almost as good as a table saw for many (but not all) applications. As you might expect, I recommend TS-55 (not the 75) because it is easier to handle.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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