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Forum topic by athomas5009 posted 01-09-2016 04:52 PM 415 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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athomas5009

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01-09-2016 04:52 PM

I’ve been looking into getting a new router for the past few weeks. I currently have a craftsman pro 2.5 combo that is alright but has some issues. The plunge action and lock isn’t smooth and convient. The bases have a little wobble. The power switch is a hassle and the DC is mediocre and gets in the way too often.

I’ve though about the newer Bosch combo but have read enough mixed reviews to have second thoughts.

Even though it’s double the money I’ve also considered the festool OF1400. I think I can live with the price if it gives me 10+ yrs of as advertised service no questions asked. But what worries me about this route is I know I’ll need some accessories as well which aren’t cheap either. So if I went this route what accessories are necessary for the hybrid woodworker? I want to talley up the total price first.

Also any users of the newer Bosch package give me your thoughts on Pro’s and cons of that.

Thanks
Andrew

-- Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.


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Joel_B

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#1 posted 01-09-2016 05:04 PM

When I bought a new router about a year ago I was trying to decide between Milwaukee 5616 and Bosch.
i bought the Milwaukee based on reading reviews and I liked the ergonomics better. I have been pretty happy with it, it has a soft start, speed adjustment, runs smooth and the height adjustments are descent. One thing I hear a lot is it is good to have two routers, one to keep in the table and one for other uses. I use mine in the table and in a plunge base on my Leigh FMT jig, I don’t find it that hard to switch between the two. I don’t think you can go wrong with Festool though if you can afford it.

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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bonesbr549

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#2 posted 01-09-2016 05:23 PM

There are diff needs for diff routers. I have a big PC7518 thats in the table, thats my go to router for that. In my hand held needs I use the 1400 most. The DC is great, and the depth stops are on the money, and I have the Festool CT33e hepa filter set up so it just fits into my system. The ergo is great as well.

The only other router I use is my old trusty PC690 when doing dovetails so I can have one setup and with the 1400 just cut and go.

I have a PC833 kit that never comes out of its case. (prob should sell it)

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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athomas5009

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#3 posted 01-09-2016 05:56 PM

Bonesbr549 – Besides the edge guide what accessories are necessary? Festool has so many of them I’m kind of lost and want to add up the total price before I decide.

I would mostly use it for morticing, edge profiles, decorative inlays.

Id hate to order a 500$ router and find out I still need 300$ in accessories and be stuck with a sweet router that doesn’t do what I want because I don’t have the dough for the basic accessories.

-- Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.

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