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Posted on Keep the Festool 1400 router or take it back?

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#1 posted 06-21-2012 09:06 PM

I have bought a lot of Festool over the last year. I spend a great deal of my time on the FOG forum, so you can definitely say I’ve been sucked into the green vortex at full tilt.

I will say that I experienced the most amount of buyer’s remorse with the OF1400 compared to all my Festools. While it’s kind of the do-it-all router in their lineup, it’s actually not nearly as great or Festool-like compared to the 1010 and the 2200. The 1400’s dust collection, when paired with a good vac e.g. Festool or Fein, is good to great depending on your previous experience with router dust collection, but not as good as the other two Festool routers. The 1010 simply has a much better designed dust shroud, and its ergonomics are vastly better. Its downside of course is that you can’t use 1/2” shank bits with it.

On the other hand, the 2200 is simply a beast of a router, but again, it’s overkill for an everyday kind of router in terms of heft and power. And $$. So the 1010 and 2200, while better products overall, don’t make a lot of sense for folks looking for a do-it-all router.

I guess the long and short of what I’m saying…is the 1400 the best midsize router available? Yes. Is it a little underwhelming from a DC/ergonomics perspective as compared to other Festools and other Festool routers? I think so…it’s still darn good though, but maybe not enough to prevent buyer’s remorse completely. I’m still keeping mine though.

Get the vac if you see yourself buying more Festools. Believe me that other Festools are much more of “game-changers” than the OF1400.

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