I have a question for Festool router owners...please

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I have recently acquired a nice collection of Festool tools. One of the best is the 1400 router. I upgraded from the Ridgid router.
My question is this… how do you see the bit when working? In the ridgid machine, there was a light that allowed you to see your work clearly. THere was also a nice large hole in the base, which allowed for the same. ALthough the Festoll router is a far superior machine, it certainly lacks in this area, or, does it? Do you guys have the same problem? I must be missing something here because as far as I am concerned, Festool tools are already perfect?
Any help is appreciated fellow Jocks!

Todd Turner

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#1 posted 1253 days ago

Most routers don’t have a light. I think I might have one handyman-grade
router with a light out of 9 or 10 routers.

I never noticed poor visibility with my Festool router. On the other hand,
the router is not a tool that gets good results with unguided use. I pay
a lot more attention to the balance, resistance to cut and sound of a router
than I do to the spinning cutter. I mostly set up the cut with guides and
stops and make the cut by feel.


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#2 posted 1253 days ago

Hey Todd, i also recently purchase the same router and have found the same problem with the dust extraction hood on. As with Loren comments about guides uses it no problem but free hand work could be done more by feel with secure hands. It a very sweet router, the bit changing and vac system is off the charts. Enjoy your new tool and stay safe…BC

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#3 posted 1253 days ago

Yeah, I never use a router without a guide, so seeing the bit isn’t an issue. It did take me a little while with my dovetail jig to have the confidence to know that the guide bushing was where I thought it would be, but given some of the horror stories I’ve run across when carbide has decided to separate from bit (and, yes, I’ve broken at least one bit by trying to cut too much too fast), I’ve decided I don’t really want to be able to see the bit.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#4 posted 1253 days ago

These fellows say it all – Festool aims a little more for the production operation – rigid guides, positive stops, and so forth. You might however check the Festool Users Groups forum(s) – you will get highly opinionated Festool professional users admittedly, but the Festool company reps are also on it answering questions and commentary on usage.

-- Regards, Steve2

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