Originally Posted by one-off designs View Post
I have a Felisatti router R346EC that I bought from a show a few years ago. It's not a bad tool for the money and has served me well. I think that it was modelled on a Trend 1/2 inch router and it's form and function is very similar to another Trend router that I have.
In fact it was the other way round. Felisatti made the R346 and sold it badged for other firms, notably Metabo (OF1612, OF/OFE1812), Holz-Her (now defunct), Fein USA (RT-1800) and Trend (as the T-9). Moast of these models ceased to be 4 to 7 years back, so parts are already difficult. There are subtle variations between all of these (for example the Metabos have a dial indicator for cut depth, the Holz-Her had a lot more plastic in the body, the T-9 had a modified base casting, etc) but mechanically and electrically they are all very similar. Trend in the UK can still supply some (not many) spares for their version but the two main UK tool spares suppliers, Miles Tool & Machinery and John Carr (both on the net) no longer seem to list the model (or Felisatti routers for that matter). I'd not recommend going for Metabo spares as I've found their service incredibly poor over the last 3 or 4 years, Holz-Her are long dead (at least in power tools, the factory and some of the models went to Festool/Protool) and Fein in Europe never sold the model so I doubt they'd be much help. The only other thing is to contact Felisatti in Italy
directly. Even though the router is now manufactured in Russia/China by Felisatti's parent, Interskol
(notice, too the fact that Intersko; now own/make Casals/Freud routers
), it is still listed
(at least by the American importer). It was listed on the Italian web site until 2 or 3 years back, too.
Good luck with your hunt
Edit: Mark, would it be worthwhile putting this sort of info together as a couple or three crib sheets rather than reiterating every time a quaetion gets asked?