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On Oct 7th , two reps from Illinois are coming to our local Windsor Plywood store to do a demo on there products . Should be an interesting time , as I drank the koolaid and have a lot of there tools anyways .

One of our members recently mentioned , why doesn't the 2200 series router have a light in its base ?
I think I'm going to put that past them and see what they say . Maybe it's to costly to intergrate a 5 cent LED into a $1,300 router ?
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What makes you think it would be 5 cents by the time Festool got finished?
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What makes you think it would be 5 cents by the time Festool got finished?
Yes , you make a good point

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My son uses Festools extensively in his business. He says they are well worth the cost.
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My son uses Festools extensively in his business. He says they are well worth the cost.
I use there Miter saw in my house and it amazes me how there's a lack of saw dust every time I use it .
Costs more than it should , but I'm happy as all heck with there products so far.
Regarding routers , I'm going to buy there bracket that attaches my FesTool 1400 series router to the FesTool track . That should come in handy , and the track will serve a dual purpose

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If I could afford it I would own every Festool made. It's really nice to work with quality tools. I just bought a Woodpecker router table and I can already tell I am in love with it. I would also like to buy all their tools.
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Rick, there are plenty of ways to add a light to a router that didn't come with one. This dollar store stick on light is quick and easy and it gets the job done.
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I think there are a lot of companies that have good dust collection built in or available with accessories. But they all require having a DC system in place to which you can attach a hose. Getting that set up with connectors is really easy with Festool, but more challenging with other systems, so we avoid using their built-in or accessory DC system. It took me awhile, for example, to hook up the very nice DC system built into the Triton router.

What helps me use it more regularly is the end of the 20 ft, 4 inch Rockler hose, terminating in a slightly oversized nozzle with a handle. This hangs from a clip on a convenient wall. My 35 mm and 2.5 inch hoses each have a 4 inch adapter on one end that simply drops into the nozzle on the long hose. In a half-garage sized shop, this becomes very convenient to use with machine mounted DC fixtures.

I am unlikely ever to have a Festool product in my shop. I don't do enough work ot justify the cost. Yup, Festool is top of the line stuff, but worth 3x Bosch prices? That's pretty much an individual choice to make.

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Rick, there are plenty of ways to add a light to a router that didn't come with one. This dollar store stick on light is quick and easy and it gets the job done.
Mike, the point someone mentioned was , why doesn't a $1300 router already have a light, and a hell of a good one ?
Especially seeing how Festool thinks as themselves as innovators
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Mike, the point someone mentioned was , why doesn't a $1300 router already have a light, and a hell of a good one ?
Especially seeing how Festool thinks as themselves as innovators
Yup! The newer version of the 1617 has a light at about 20 percent the Festool price. The have to put in a power supply for the LED, but those are quite small these days.
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