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01-27-2013 02:19 PM

I am looking at a Freud router on CL. The guy says it’s a 1700 VC and it’s unused. I can’t find anything much on this router and was hoping that someone could provide information. HP, fixed base or plunge, variable speed, etc? He has it listed for $75. What do they sell for?
Thanks for the help.

Cutworm

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"


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#1 posted 01-27-2013 02:29 PM

Freud routers are very good. I do not know about this model but for 75.00 it is a good deal for an almost new Freud router.

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#2 posted 01-27-2013 02:33 PM

I bought a Freud 1700 new for $150 from Lowes when they were available. It’s considered a 2 1/4 HP router, and came with a fixed and plunge base as well as collets for both 1/4” and 1/2” bits. That model also has a nice table function where the collet rises above the table and the shaft automatically locks, along with the above the table height adjustment. Freud has since (I think) quit selling power tools in the US, though I believe service is still available if needed. BTW, I’m not sure I recognize the “VC” part of the model…seems like it was “evs” or something else. In any case I sold mine a few years back and have regretted it ever since.

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#3 posted 01-27-2013 02:33 PM

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#4 posted 01-27-2013 02:38 PM

Cutworm,

I couldn’t find much info on that router also. Looks like it is a 2 1/4 hp fixed base router (but that model is also available in a 3 1/4hp). Has a built-in router lift and sells around $175.00. I would think $75 is a pretty good price if it’s so called new and he has everything that goes with it. (Collects, wrenches, manual, etc.)

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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#5 posted 01-27-2013 02:39 PM

I have this router and love it! I’m not sure what options this that one comes with but mine came with a fixed and plunge base. It has above table height adjustment and bit changes and it is one handed bit change. Variable speed…i like it so much more than the bosch I was using. I can’t find it for sale anywhere anymore. I bought mine on amazon a few months ago for about $200. It said it was marked down from like $400-$500, I don’t remember exactly. Here is what I could still find: http://www.amazon.com/Freud-FT1700VCEK-4-Horsepower-Variable-Router/dp/B000BVB1MO/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

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#6 posted 01-27-2013 02:51 PM

Thanks so much for the input. I’m going to email him with an offer.
I’d like to have this as a dedicated router for my table.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#7 posted 01-27-2013 03:35 PM

The height adjust screw on mine has started slipping in the threaded plastic push button that allows fast adjustment, check to see if it works well before buying.
Nice router overall. Mine is variable speed and has plenty of power. The above the table height adjust and lock work ok but need adjustment and caution due to possible slippage.

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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#8 posted 01-27-2013 03:49 PM

I really like how heafty the threaded rod for height adjustment is and the tool for raising and lowering above the table. My bosch had a teeny tiny threaded rod that got jammed with saw dust all the time and the dinky allen wrench for above table adjustments stripped in like a month:/ I have only been using the freud for about a month, but so far a great improvement!

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#9 posted 01-27-2013 04:50 PM

The FT1700 is an excellent table router….13 amps is sufficient power for most everything, and it’s loaded with topside features that are really convenient. My Milwaukee 5625 is a beast, but the FT1700 sees more action because it’s so convenient. If it runs, I’d pay the full $75 without hesitation. I realize it’s new, but that also means unproven, so I’d have him fire it up first to be sure.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#10 posted 01-27-2013 04:57 PM

I offered 60. Waiting on his reply. Good idea on the bump test. I tend to trust too much.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#11 posted 01-27-2013 11:18 PM

He’s thinking on it. It’s so great to get advice from LJ’s. Your advice is so important and I thank each of you for contributing to my question. If it works out I’ll post a photo. If not – I’ll be disappointed but c’est la vie.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#12 posted 01-30-2013 01:56 AM

That sucker wouldn’t budge on the price but I did. I’m the proud owner now. Pretty much like he described it. He bought it to make picture frames but never used it. He’s an artist…... Anyway some pics:
And a big thank you to everyone!

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#13 posted 01-30-2013 01:57 AM

cutworm...you got a hell of a deal…congrats

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#14 posted 01-30-2013 02:04 AM

That bad boy is already mounted on my router table. I really like the collet height and locking feature. Thanks kdc. I believe I did ok too.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#15 posted 01-30-2013 02:20 AM

Keep an eye on that black quick release button for the height adjustment.! Other than that it is a great router.
I ran a large batch of cabinet doors on mine today and it does a beautiful job.

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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