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Default Bosch 1617 vs Festool 1400 Dilemma

A dilemma, I have been offered a good price for my Bosch 1617EVS (plunge and fixed base). Since I have a few Festool products I was thinking of accepting the offer and replacing the Bosch with a Festool 1400.

I like the Festool dust collection But I can get the dust extraction kit for the Bosch.

I have a 3.25HP Freud router in my router table so this would be for hand held medium duty work. Any advice?

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An interesting trade. See Festool 1400 for some data.
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I have that FesTool 1400 router and like it a lot . As a matter of fact I'm going to purchace the 2200 in the near future .
I think they charge a premium for there tools , but I bought a lot of them regardless , as I like there dust collection system and the quality feel. I bought there track also , as they have an attachment for the 1400 to utilize there track system .

I just paid a little over 2K after tax for FesTools Miter saw . I think it was kind of a ridiculous price , but I'm extremely satisfied with it and couldn't be happier with the purchace .
So as long as your happy , that's all that matters
There's going to be a lot of negativity about FesTool here , but to each his own.

Personally if I were you I'd keep your Bosch , as you already own it . The ergonomics take a while to get used to on the FesTool 1400 , as one handle is upright and the other side horizontal.

You can't own enough routers though , so own them both
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I have been using the OF1400 for about 2 years, and it is my go to handheld router. It was one my retirement presents to me. I really like the how it handles and Festool's attention to detail. Being able to attach it their track system eliminates the majority of my need for shop made jigs. I don't think you could go wrong.
However, I don't like it for use on my Leigh D4R dovetail jig, I can't point to a specific problem, it just "feels" uncomfortable. So I have a Bosch for dovetails. But that is the only use that I have been disappointed in the router.
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I would keep the 1617, primarily because it is a good router. It is light enough for handheld and the dust extraction accessory works great. It is a well built router (you know that already) and the customer service is great, as is the support and parts availability.

You already own the 1617 and what you would get for it is not likely to provide a SUPER GREAT offset to the price of the Festool.

Keep the 1617 and go ahead and buy the Festool...as Rick said, "you can't heave enough routers".

Boom...no dilemma...
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I'd have a hard time choosing unless I could fondle both. The way a tool feels in your hand is important, at least to me.

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See what Desert Rat Tom wrote. Few years ago, I seriously considered the Fe$tool 1400. But after handling it, I decided against it -- just did not feel right in my hands. Nothing beats a hands-on experience.
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At least you can do a 30-Day fondling if you don't like the feel.
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I have that FesTool 1400 router and like it a lot . As a matter of fact I'm going to purchace the 2200 in the near future .
I think they charge a premium for there tools , but I bought a lot of them regardless , as I like there dust collection system and the quality feel. I bought there track also , as they have an attachment for the 1400 to utilize there track system .

I just paid a little over 2K after tax for FesTools Miter saw . I think it was kind of a ridiculous price , but I'm extremely satisfied with it and couldn't be happier with the purchace .
So as long as your happy , that's all that matters
There's going to be a lot of negativity about FesTool here , but to each his own.

Personally if I were you I'd keep your Bosch , as you already own it . The ergonomics take a while to get used to on the FesTool 1400 , as one handle is upright and the other side horizontal.

You can't own enough routers though , so own them both
Considering the cost of all those Festools how do you not insulate your shop before buying more to use in an uncomfortable environment?

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Considering the cost of all those Festools how do you not insulate your shop before buying more to use in an uncomfortable environment?
That's why I can't afford to _______ my shop , that dam Fe$Tool! I hate tool addiction syndrome

Hey , I thought we're not supposed to use the "I" word here anymore
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