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Forum topic by TheGravedigger posted 10-28-2007 03:33 PM 8211 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TheGravedigger

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10-28-2007 03:33 PM

Guys, I’ve seen the Freud FT2200E router on sale for about $120 through various sources and I’m curious. Is this REALLY a good buy, or should I save my pennies for a big Triton or similar?

I presently use a PC 691D (1.5 hp) for router table & handheld work.

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Douglas Bordner

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#1 posted 10-28-2007 04:05 PM

It’s a decent machine, but the Triton seems to be a bit more feature heavy for the extra $100. Never can have too many routers, though. At the price a person could have the Freud set for a production need. Just my two cents.

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#2 posted 10-30-2007 04:22 PM

I agree with Douglas…If you can find a great deal on a tool which you use for various tasks, having two or more is great. For example, when I do cabinet installations I have multiple cordless drills and one corded drill on my work tray. One for drilling holes, one for my counter sink bit, one with each size of square bits I use and one 90 degree for getting into small spaces. It took a while to build up to all of them but it was well worth the price. Changing the bits out really wasn’t where I saved time…it was not having to look for where I set the last one down, or maybe I put it in my pocket…up inside the last cabinet? no, maybe it’s on top of the last upper I installed…oh there it is…on the floor!

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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#3 posted 10-30-2007 05:39 PM

I own the FT2000E (not 2200) and I’ve been pleased for years.

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#4 posted 10-30-2007 05:56 PM

Got a Freud also and it has been a fine router for years. Don’t let the price fool you!

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#5 posted 10-30-2007 06:01 PM

I see that Price Cutter has a Porter Cable 690LR on sale for 139.99 and includes a free 343K PC random orbital sander. Single speed, but sounds like a good buy.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#6 posted 10-31-2007 03:36 AM

I’ve had a D-handle 690 series for about 20 years, & wouldn’t trade it for anything. It’s one of the best fixed-base routers out there. I don’t know about the 343 sander, but I’ve had a 330 about as long as I’ve had the router. PC builds ‘em to last.

Don’t have a plunge router yet, though. It seemed like this might be a good way to jump in for less money.

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog: http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com

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#7 posted 11-04-2007 04:31 PM

Follow up:

I received the FT2200E the other day (free shipping and it STILL arrived in two days—amazing!), and initial impressions are good. It’s a monster compared to my 690 D, and I think it’s going to spend most of the time in the router table. However, it has a smooth action, and the balance is better than I expected. I’m going to love the variable speed, & my next purchase will be an edge guide so I can try some of the neat mortising tricks I’ve seen.

My only gripe is that depth adjustment is a pain in non-plunge mode (i.e. router table), but I realize that this is common to most plunge routers.

Does anyone know if it’s okay to leave the spring compressed for extended periods? For example, you’ve got the depth set on a bit in the router table, and don’t want to change it for a few days. I know some springs are better than others in this regard, and I sure hate to have to crank the depth adjustment all the way back out every time.

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog: http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com

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Dekker

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#8 posted 04-12-2008 02:57 PM

I realize this is a very late reply…

Personally, I keep this router in the router table (almost) all the time. The depth is set so the bit is under the table, but the spring is still compressed 99% of the time.

I have not had any problems with this, and even when the router is used outside of the table, the spring applies a good deal of force, even with the height at its top (minimal spring compression).

Hope that helps.

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#9 posted 01-30-2010 09:29 PM

I bought one of these about 6 months ago and it is a beast. It does lack lights and since my eyes aren’t what they used to be it’s hard to see my marks for plunging so I may install it under the table in place of my ancient craftsman. I am really tempted to get another one for the $129 or so price if I can still find one.
BTW, the plunge is VERY smooth, it’s stays in place once you lock it and it never even breathes hard, and that’s through mahogany, walnut, oaks, etc.

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#10 posted 01-30-2010 09:32 PM

i just looked this up on freud website and it says they are discontinued

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#11 posted 01-30-2010 10:32 PM

$120 for the FT2000/FT2200 is a good buy on a good 15 amp router, but it’s not without some drawbacks. It has no above table features like the FT1700 and FT3000. It also has a small throat opening that won’t pass the 3”+ bits so you either need to modify the opening or do a workaround and come in from the side when raising panels.

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#12 posted 02-11-2010 01:30 AM

I like all my PC routers

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#13 posted 02-11-2010 02:20 AM

where didi u get the freud from for $120?

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#14 posted 11-22-2013 12:50 PM

I bought my FT1700VCE in 2006 and it worked well for 7 years and only used in my router table. I had to replace a few of the red plastic switches that broke. But that changed yesterday. I was using it and the motor started vibrating, and then smoking. I guess it “bit the dust.” I do not want to spend a lot of money to fix it. Any ideas are appreciated.

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#15 posted 11-22-2013 01:50 PM

Mark, tagging onto a 6 year old thread may not get you all the possible answers, but I can offer a couple of things. Those routers were pretty good (at least IMHO) but you’d have to buy used to do a direct replacement. I would guess you used the table features of that router (?) so the replacement should have that as well? There are a few models now available in the size ~13 amp size. Look at the Milwaukee 5616, a very good unit. If you want to upsize, consider the Milwaukee 5625. That’s the one in my table and it’s a workhorse. For the record, it replaces a Freud FT2000 that worked well for over 10 years, I simply upgraded a little and sold the old unit with the lift it was in. There are others, I believe the PC has table features and the Triton plunge routers do as well.

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