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

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#1 posted 06-21-2012 09:35 PM

The vacs are good. I got a comparable vac (Fein) before any Festools, so that works perfectly fine for me. Quite frankly, any shopvac would work pretty well as far as maximizing collection from the OF1400. You just need something that sucks, stronger the better.

Where the Festool or Fein vacs are different is say, with a sander, where you can dial in the appropriate amount of suction. Collecting from a router, saw, etc….more suction is better, and the higher-end vacs don’t necessarily suck that much harder. But they are quiet, allow you to plug the tool into them for auto-start, and are HEPA-compliant (as a full unit, not just the filter).

Long way of saying don’t expect a Festool or Fein vac to make you fall in love with your OF1400 any more than a regular shop vac. But if you intend on getting Festool sanders in the future, get the vac. Don’t want to sound like a Festool ad, but their stuff really does work together as a system and that’s where a lot of its value and utility is.

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