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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 03-05-2011, 04:55 AM Thread Starter
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Hi, I am trying to find a well-made, reliable router for my husband who loves Festool and the whole system thing, but we have a minimal budget (not more than 150).

I don't want to buy cheap sugar-honey-india-tea. On e-bay.co.uk I have seen several Elu routers MOF96/02(clean and almost unused), MOF98, MOF131, which are nicely within budget, and I have read some reviews online that praise the 96 highly.

Any recommendations? Is he going to end up being annoyed at it's limitations? Can he attach a dust extractor to the 96?

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I know many people say the Elu routers are great and I don't doubt them, it's just they are getting a bit old now.
Maybe a DeWalt DW621, it has built in dust extraction.
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Definitely (621) worth a look; my no.1 hand router.
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Why thank you all for your welcome and I will have a look at the Dewalt...let's hope my decision coincides with the "permanent plans of God" and doesn't slip into stupidity! Then again, my stupidity is most probably part of God's permanent plan! lol.

I suppose that's why I'm asking your advice
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Hi Hana

The ELUs were well built but fetch rather high prices on eBay considering that they haven't been made for something over 20 years. Vendors can say 'good condition' and they may well look clean, but after at least 20 years of use, they are unlikely to be at their best. The 600w ones are probably nearer 30 years old, as the later ones were 900w.
From time to time I look out for cheap ones, with a view to swapping the bearings and carbon brushes, which can give them a new lease of life. There was one advertised on eBay as ELU recently that I'm fairly sure wasn't. The vendor admitted the label was missing, but the MOF96 was widely copied, as the design was good, even if cheaper components were used. I bought a Chinese MOF96 copy new recently for 20 quid with a 3 year guarantee just for occasional use on those occasions when I don't want to be swapping bits back and forth. They aren't ELU quality though.
DeWalt took them over and continued selling them in their house yellow under their own model numbers. The DW625 is the old MOF177 and is a powerful router. I got mine on eBay for UKP150 in very good condition, so you could well do the same.

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Hi Peter

deWalt actually retained the Elu brand name in the UK until the mid to late 1990s for some products (especially the routers) alongside their own brand. In Germany I believe the brand lasted slightly longer (about 2000). I certainly have a MOF177e bought brand new in 1999.

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Oh my gosh! Well I have just won a Dewalt 621, brand new, on ebay for 108 - keep your fingers crossed that my husband likes it!

I will let you know......

Thanks again everyone for taking the time.
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Hi Peter

deWalt actually retained the Elu brand name in the UK until the mid to late 1990s for some products (especially the routers) alongside their own brand. In Germany I believe the brand lasted slightly longer (about 2000). I certainly have a MOF177e bought brand new in 1999.

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Hi Phil

That is useful. I didn't realise they were still selling them as ELU in the UK so late, although I'd suspected they had retained the name in Germany where all sorts of ELU products show up that I don't think DeWalt ever ran with. I'd even wondered whether Lutz had kept the German market out of the deal.

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