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Festool 574342 OF 1400 EQ Router - Power Routers - Amazon.com

I'm seriously considering purchasing this router as I'd like a quality plunge router .
I realize this is the mid level model and I'm wondering what I'm not getting by going with there upper models other than sheer power . I want to use both 1/4 and 1/2" bits so I see it does that .
Ergonomics seem a little strange with that handle so I was hoping some of the members could comment on using it .
I'm liking the dust control although I see a lot of companies have hookups for vacuums on there models .
I'm also hoping to find a model that provides good visibility on the bit as your working as I suppose some are better than others .
I want a router that has those guide bushings that attach to the base for different distances of cut from the bit . I see there's don't require tools to pit them on , not sure whether that's good or bad as all I usually here about are PC guide bushings.

I don't really want to exceed a grand for a router and I see they make one

I know you guys like to here specifics on requirements , but as far as I can tell it won't be for anything to heavy duty . Cutting the hole to install my router plate , rounding off desk top edges.
Basically would like to future proof myself a little bit though as I try new things



Or just bite the bullet and go with this 2200 model ? Some people are not feeling all that comfortable with the handle on the 1400
http://www.amazon.com/Festool-OF-220...Festool+router


Wow I just realized I was on amazon.com not amazon.ca.
Look at the price differance here . Ouch!
http://www.amazon.ca/574354--Festool...Festool+router

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Over the past couple of years I have bought into the Festool "system" and although I have not purchased any other routers my experience tells me that all of their tools are well designed and will provide top level performance. In many instances the price really can get me jammed up but my experience is that in every case I am always left thinking why did I wait so long. I am a professional woodworker with over thirty years of experience in all aspects of this field and just when I thought it couldn't get any better the Festool way of approaching my woodworking has really able me to bring it to a new level. Good luck with your thought process associated with this potential purchase. JPF
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Rick,

From what I've been seeing in various shops I have visited - BITE THE BULLET.

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Had one, tested it, gave it back.
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Rick Festool are made very well, however I think that they are not worth that hefty price tag, Bosch, Makita, Dewalt, all good, I can buy 4 Makita variable speed routers for the cost of one festool so they are just too expensive, using a router is more about the operator and with the cutters that you are talking about then you don't need a super powerful router, I spin all my 1/4 cutters in a makita variable speed trimmer and that works great, Makita a work horse routers, Bosch are made very well, as is the Triton Router. N
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Thanks for the replies guys



Neville I think I'm going to go with your idea . I'm going to do a little more research and figure out what other brands have to offer in the way of ergonomics , dust collection , visibility , guide bushings etc.
I think it's going to be tough to have them all . I should have stayed in school and been a tool engineer
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Rick Festool are made very well, however I think that they are not worth that hefty price tag, Bosch, Makita, Dewalt, all good, I can buy 4 Makita variable speed routers for the cost of one festool so they are just too expensive, using a router is more about the operator and with the cutters that you are talking about then you don't need a super powerful router, I spin all my 1/4 cutters in a makita variable speed trimmer and that works great, Makita a work horse routers, Bosch are made very well, as is the Triton Router. N

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Well guys after researching every other make of plunge router I'm just about at my wits end and I think I'm going to buy this router and be done with it . I'm really liking the guide system . Something a guy can upgrade to in the future .

I like the 2200 even more , but I can't justify spending that kind of money as this is expensive enough
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The idea of owning a festool 2200 is still bugging me lol. I have to work tomorrow and I'm still wide awake after midnight . Maybe if I start counting routers I'll fall asleep

I think the 2200 is probably the flagship of routers . I still don't fully like the idea of that handle extending outward on the 1400 so I may just give in to the 2200 . Sure looks like a monster though .

Ok start counting routers again , or sheep or something
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Ok another minutes gone by and still not feeling sleepy
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Well guys after researching every other make of plunge router I'm just about at my wits end and I think I'm going to buy this router and be done with it . I'm really liking the guide system . Something a guy can upgrade to in the future .

I like the 2200 even more , but I can't justify spending that kind of money as this is expensive enough
A while back I surveyed most router manufacturers asking them to clarify their instructions for inserting the bit into the collet. I did this because a very common question from newcomers is "how far do I insert the bit" Various answers are given including pushing a grommet in first. Well, all but two Manufacturers/agents responded, these were Ryobi and FESTOOL who I wrote to twice and didn't even receive the courtesy of an automated acknowledgement. So much for FESTOOL customer service.

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