atlas copcco ofse 2000 - Router Forums
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-22-2012, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Country: United Kingdom
First Name: N/a
Posts: 2
 
Default atlas copcco ofse 2000

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.
thanks
mill88 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-22-2012, 02:51 PM
Moderation Team
 
Cherryville Chuck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Country: Canada
First Name: Charles
Posts: 15,301
 
Default

Welcome to the forum. Don't be shy, fill out your profile so we know who we're talking to. We're all friends here.
I didn't even know that Atlas Copco made routers. Their air compressors are in the top tier. That is a very powerful router at 2000 watts. Is it made for the UK market and set up for your power? Over here that router would have to run on a 20 amp circuit and our standard wall outlet is 15 amp. Also to consider is whether you will be able to get service and parts for it should something go wrong with it.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
Cherryville Chuck is online now  
post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-22-2012, 03:12 PM
Registered User
 
Phil P's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Country: United Kingdom
First Name: Phil
Posts: 2,117
 
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mill88 View Post
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.
thanks
Hi n/a (I'd use your name, but......)

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

Regards

Phil

"Unfortunately there is lots of bad information online; some of it is really scary. It's probably not intentional, but I've seen some content that sets up the illusion that you can do whatever you want and get away with it" - Norm Abram in an interview with Jefferson Kolle

Last edited by Phil P; 12-23-2012 at 11:35 AM.
Phil P is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-23-2012, 07:09 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Country: United Kingdom
First Name: N/a
Posts: 2
 
Default

Thanks for the replies, i think will give this one a miss, like you say with parts and such, cant even find a review of it any where.

p.s.

shy by nature not being ignorant, just dont know the protocol of forum, will come out of my shell soon enough, by the way great info on here, will start looking at a cheap router to start with and then work my way up, ferm seem to be cheap maybe a good starter.

Thanks Again.
kev
mill88 is offline  
post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-23-2012, 01:49 PM
Moderation Team
 
Cherryville Chuck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Country: Canada
First Name: Charles
Posts: 15,301
 
Default

If Phil is correct about that being a clone of the Freud FT 2000 (and it does look like one) then I would agree with him about it being a mediocre router. Mine quit on me after about 2 years of relatively light use. The armature went and a new one was only $10 cheaper than a new router. However, if you can get it cheap enough it might still be worth it as a throwaway when it does give trouble. Make sure if you do consider buying it to try it on a sample board first.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
Cherryville Chuck is online now  
post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-23-2012, 02:47 PM
Registered User
 
Phil P's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Country: United Kingdom
First Name: Phil
Posts: 2,117
 
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cherryville Chuck View Post
Mine quit on me after about 2 years of relatively light use.
Hi Charles

On mine it was the speed controller which gave up the ghost. I repaired it by cannibalising a dead Atlas-Copco OFSE2000 (armature, like yours) given to me by someone else I worked with. Once repaired I got rid of it. The money from that went towards a second-hand DW625...... the rest of the cannibalised OFSE went in the skip (trash) - it was pretty ropey in any case

Regards

Phil

"Unfortunately there is lots of bad information online; some of it is really scary. It's probably not intentional, but I've seen some content that sets up the illusion that you can do whatever you want and get away with it" - Norm Abram in an interview with Jefferson Kolle

Last edited by Phil P; 12-24-2012 at 02:20 AM.
Phil P is offline  
post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-23-2012, 03:40 PM
Official Greeter
 
jw2170's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Country: Australia
First Name: James
Posts: 18,353
 
Send a message via Skype™ to jw2170
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mill88 View Post
Thanks for the replies, i think will give this one a miss, like you say with parts and such, cant even find a review of it any where.

p.s.

shy by nature not being ignorant, just dont know the protocol of forum, will come out of my shell soon enough, by the way great info on here, will start looking at a cheap router to start with and then work my way up, ferm seem to be cheap maybe a good starter.

Thanks Again.
kev
Welcome to the forum, Kev.

Thank you for joining us.

James
Sydney, Australia
.

I don't mind if other members disagree with my comments.
I don't profess to know everything, and I may learn something new.

"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."




jw2170 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Router Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome