|Review by Loren||posted 06-01-2008 09:07 PM||3039 views||1 time favorited||3 comments|
I have 8 routers and this one is my favorite.
I will confess that several of my routers are older or
have limited features and I’ll just leave them set up with
the same bit for a long time. Having a lot of routers
lets you do that. An old Craftsman from a garage
sale never got used for anything but trimming edge-banding.
This Festool router is lightweight and it is easy to use
with one hand. It has variable speed, excellent
dust collection and smooth plunging action. The plunge
depth stop system takes a bit of getting used to.
My other plunge router is an Italian made DeWalt
and it’s mechanism is easier to understand, but heavier -
and weight-reduction is probably why the Festool has
it’s peculiar arrangement.
Many readers will get to thinking that this isn’t a good
router because it doesn’t take 1/2” shank bits. That’s
a mistake. This router handles like a dream and it’s
great for light mortising work too.
Honestly the Festool stuff is really expensive and it’s not
all as great as the “cult of Festool” would have you believe…
but this is a superb router for handheld work.
I would never use this router in a router table.
It comes in a nice Systainer case. Mine came with a nice
fence but newer ones don’t.
The design is extremely well thought-out and the fit and
finish are flawless.
I’m not sure I would have bought this router if the Festool
OF 1400 EQ were available at the time. Tool-greed would
have probably got the better of me and I would have gone
for the 1/2” collet on the 1400 – which I didn’t need because
I had 3 half-inch routers already… but you know how wood
butchers are about tools.
I’m very happy with the OF 1000 though. It’s hard to choose
a favorite router to do everything – but I’m pretty sure this
is the best-handling plunge router on the market.