Hi new to the forum just wanted to know if anyone can recommend the ofse 2000, have a chance to get one cheap but cant find any reference to manual or machine, any one know about this machine.
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The Atlas-Copco OFSE2000 has been out of production for some time (Atlas-Copco sold off AEG and Milwaukee at the beginning of 2005 and got out of electric power tools). It was a badged version of the Freud/Casals FT2000E (see below, which had also been sold as the AEG OFSE2000e) which finally disappeared in the UK about 3 or 4 years back when Freud/Casals (they were one and the same) production was moved to Russia. Parts in the UK are now getting difficult to source. The last people who sold any of these routers here were Draper who had a badged version about 2 years ago for a short while (called the Draper 1900e or something similar) Above: Freud FT2000e - Atlas-Copco/AEG models were almost identical
Below: Atlas-Copco OFSE2000 - spot the difference? (apart from one benig a front shot, the other a rear). The photographer obviously has no idea; the fence should be on the other side!
As to recommending them, I couldn't. They were never the best quality routers - some are noisy, they seem to vibrate, bits tend to fall off, etc not to mention the build quality being generally quite poor, even against Italian-manufactured DWs. I've used the Freuds a few times (used to own one) and they were OK, but not a patch on equivalent sized routers from Bosch, Elu, deWalt, etc. The one thing you could say for them is that they were
cheap. Generally they sold for £30 to £50 under the price of a deWalt DW625, although towards the end they were being dumped out onto the market for £100 to £120, new. Wickes are supposed to have flogged off their last "badged" versions for under £50. Yours is at least 7 years old and if anything other than the collets fail you are on your own. When they come up second-hand on places like eBay they are often in the £50 to £60 region.
If you are still in the market a couple of things to note; the guide bushes are unique to the Freud, so if you want more (like a 16mm to use with a hinge jig, etc) you'll need to buy an adaptor subbase (like the Trend GB/5S
- street price low £20s) and the collets are identical to the deWalt DW625 and variants/compatibles so are widely available, if a tad pricy at circa £20 each