|Review by pintodeluxe||posted 10-10-2012 11:23 PM||3985 views||1 time favorited||9 comments|
- Freud 2 1/4 HP Variable Speed Router Model FT1700VCE
- Brand: Freud | Category: Routers
I have been using the Freud fixed base FT1700VCE for the past several years. It is my dedicated table router where it excells at easy bit changes and height adjustments all from above the table. No more bending over, kneeling, and craning to change bits under the table. It also offers a wide base opening to accomodate all large panel raising bits. Those features make it an ideal table router.
At 13 amps or 2-1/4 hp, it has power to spare. Comparing it to my other routers, it cuts more like a 15 amp router, and feels more powerful than my other 2-1/4 hp router. The spindle lock is genius. You flip a lever to lock the spindle for one wrench / one hand bit changes. The spindle stays locked until you flip the lever back. Gone are the days of depressing a clumsy spring loaded lever to change bits. The spindle lock can be engaged from above the table with a nice wrench, or by using the lever itself.
For handheld use, the router can be turned upside down to change bits. I am amazed how many manufactures miss the mark on this simple but important point. Often wires and knobs prevent the router from being turned on its top. It features variable speed which is a great feature. The handles are overmolded rubber, and are tied with the Dewalt 618 for most comfortable. Great size and shape of the handles, which are mounted very low for good control. The weight of the router is evenly distributed, and it is not top-heavy.
Another great feature is the quick-release for coarse height adjustments. Then fine tune height with the knob as usual. This is the feature that made the FT1700 stand out over the FT3000. On the FT3000, the height adjustment thread is tediously slow with no quick release.
The negative – and I have only one complaint- the power switch is a press and slide type common to Freud tools and I find it awkward. On the bright side, I have mine in a router table, and power is activated by a switch on the table. For this reason, I can give this router a glowing 5 star review.
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